this is a 1911 Special that I have been wanting for about 25 years. A friend told me last year that there may only be about 10 of them out there. That sounds a little low to me, but basically, they are hard to get. And it runs just fine - I couldn't believe it. I am sure it had been sitting on George's shelf at least since it was photographed in Lou Hertz The Toy Collector book back in the 60's. The other thing I got wasn't such a deal. I thought it was the deal of the century until I did my research AFTER the sale (we can't know everything, can we) and found out I paid a bit of a premium for it.
Its an Althof-Bergman engine from ca. 1875. Being a floor toy, its not exactly standard gauge blog-worthy, but I dragged it all the way home, so I am gonna post it.