Timpo Toys produced by a company called 'Toy Importers Ltd.', which was was formed in 1938 by Mr Sally Gawrylowicz (1907-2000), also known as Ally Gee, A Jewish refugee from Germany. In its early years the company imported toys from the Netherlands and made model figures. Timpo also sold soldiers and figures made by companies like Britains and Crescent and simply re-boxed them and selling them under the name of Timpo. WW2 made importing more difficult, so the company moved into toy production from 1940 to 1951.
Many of the early toys were made of wood, particularly necessary due to wartime restrictions. Nevertheless, the company did produce four vehicles during the war. One was of an MG Record Car and was hollow cast. The other three were diecast.
Post-war various saloon and racing cars were featured in the range, plus a number of commercial vehicles, although many of these do tend to look rather crude.
Included among the commercials were an Utility van (Tyresoles Services or His Master's Voice), an articulated box van (Pickfords, Wall's Ice Cream, Lyons Tea and Bishop's Move), a Luton van (Smith's Crisps or Golden Shred) and a box van (Ever Ready).
In the mid-1940s the company produced a series of wartime aircraft.
Some of the Timpo Toys moulds were sold to Benbros and Betal.
The firm ceased production in 1978.
What's it worth? Take a look at this Timpo price guide: sold listings for a value indication.