S Scale Vehicles
Rev. July 3, 2006
|The primary purpose of these pages is to help you know what S scale vehicles are available at your favorite
store, train show, flea market, or on-line auction (such as e-Bay).
The emphasis is on out of production model vehicles, however I do
on some currently produced models. I also include photos of real vehicles to
provide prototype information that will help you add detail to your S
vehicles, and I will include links
to other vehicle websites as I obtain them.
Unfortunately, there are many vehicles labeled "1/64th" scale that are
quite a bit oversize or undersize. You will need to use your judegement regarding what is "close enough" for you. Since the end of WWII and possibly before that, full size cars and light
trucks have been about 6 feet wide (1-1/8"). Older cars and smaller modern cars
are as narrow as 5-1/2 feet, and luxury cars are up to 6-1/2 feet
Large trucks are 8 feet wide (1-1/2"). For some vehicles, I have measured
the prototype and the model to verify
the scale of the model. For others, I simply used my eye. I
consider the model correct if it looks correct relative to
vehicles that I know to be S scale. A die-cast Cadillac, Chevy, and Corvair might be all
same size, even though the real vehicles vary substantially in
size. This is unacceptable to me. I
find that if a vehicle is +/- 1/32" of the correct width, it does not
look wrong. If you are out shopping, carry a transparent plastic
ruler to help you measure the vehicle width through the
If you know of S scale vehicles that are not listed or have model or prototype photos of vehicles which I don't have, please inform me, for example, I know that I am missing some of the newer Ertl vehicles, I am missing MANY Johnny Lightning vehicles, and I have not checked post-1965 vehicles for size accuracy, therefore they are not listed. Also, note that there is MUCH accurate farm machinery and construction equipment from Ertl and others that I'm not listing here. Enjoy!
I have stated the production years for many vehicles. This information comes from the manufacturer's label or is based on photos in the "American Truck Spotters Guide 1920 - 1970", Tad Burness, 1978, TL230.B84, ISBN 0-87938-040-3.
Photos By Ted Larson unless otherwise noted.
Thanks to Gene Musselman for the MANY truck show photos.