Radio Flyer is an American toy company best known for their popular red toy wagon. The Radio Flyer wagons were named as a tribute to two famous men of the day: Marconi and Lindbergh. The company was founded in 1917 by Antonio Pasin and is based in Chicago, Illinois.


Born in a small town outside of Venice, 16 year old Antonio Pasin (pictured above) dreamed of a new beginning in America. His family sold their mule to help pay for his voyage, and before long, Pasin made his way to Chicago where he looked for work as a cabinet-maker. Though he was a skilled craftsman like his father and grandfather before him, Pasin had little success finding work, and eventually became a water boy for a sewer digging crew.

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He made his way through several jobs, and by 1917 had saved enough money to purchase some used wood working equipment and rented a one-room workshop. In this workshop, Pasin began fashioning wagons by night and selling them during the day.

In the 1920s, despite the rising pressures of the times, Pasin and the Liberty Coaster Company pushed forward, with the automotive industry as inspiration. Pasin began using metal-stamping technology to produce steel wagons and applied mass-production techniques to wagon-making, creating the first wagon, "For every boy. For every girl." These innovations earned Pasin the nickname, "Little Ford."

Antonio Pasin's wagons captured the spirit of the 1930s. He named his first steel wagon the Radio Flyer, after his fascination with the invention of the radio by fellow Italian, Guglielmo Marconi; and Flyer, which reflected his wonderment of flight.

Vintage Radio Flyer Wagons are highly collectible and sought after.


Updated: 26 April 2019

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Comments (11)
Tommy - May 26, 2020
I have a Radio Flyer town and country circa 1955 without sides.whats it valueOr can I purchase side panels.
Not sure where you can get panels. Here are a few similar wagons like yours: Radio Flyer Town Country.
Brian - May 20, 2020
I have a radio flyer 9A that was purchased around 1972 by my father in law. It was meant as a birthday gift for his son and he placed it in his attic for safe keeping. Well he forgot about it and recently we found it when we were cleaning. It is still in a sealed box. What would its value be?
How on earth could he forgot about something so big?! Poor kid, he could have had so much fun :-) Have a look here for prices of used ones. There's also a mint one boxed from the 1930s for 150 USD: Radio Flyer 9A.
Lisa - May 2, 2020
I am looking for a handle and one wheel for a 1960's Radio Jet Wagon.
You could have a look here: Radio Jet Wagon or else there might Facebook pages dedicated to vintage Flyer Wagons.
Larry - April 12, 2020
I have a 34 inch long radio flyer.It has wooden bushings on axles 2 1/4 inch long. Any idea how old this is and what model? Icant find these bushings. Im refurbishing for a project amid Covid. Thanks.
No idea, sorry... maybe there are some collectors groups on Facebook where you can also ask. Nice project though, good luck!
Richard - January 8, 2020
I’m looking for information on an American Beauty wagon. I’m guessing produced in the 40’s or 50’s. Do you have any information on who made it or where I might obtain one? Thanks
This is what I found: This design had the classic wagon style, but it came in brilliant blue with red and blue wheels. "American Beauty" was emblazoned on the side. Probably made in the 1940s-1950s. Can't find one for sale right now, sorry.
Larry - September 30, 2019
I have a blue Radio Flyer 100 ball bearing. I can't find any information on it. We bought it for the kids 1970s I believe. How do I find out how much it is worth? Thank you.
I found a really rusty one sold for $35 and in 2014 there was one for sale on eBay for $55. There are none for sale right now, so if you plan to auction it make a catchy title and description ('Rare Radio Flyer Wagon 100 Ball Bearing' etc.) to maximise your profit.
Jeffrey - September 28, 2019
I need replacement rubber for 11inch 1920s steel wheel for little red wagon.
I don't know, but I'll let you know if another visitor knows more about where you can find these. Also check out this page: Radio Flyer Wagon wheels.
Tom - August 30, 2019
I am trying to find hub caps for a Western or Champ coaster wagon. They will have 4 tabs that fit into the wheel. The distance between tabs is 3 1/8 inch. Do anyone sell parts for these coaster wagons? Thanks!
Not sure, you can browse these hub caps or you could ask here.
Rita - July 22, 2019
I have a radio town and country wagon. It is not restored. Bought around 1970. Any ideas for resale. All original parts.
Have a look here, you might find some auctions with prices, so you get an idea: Radio Flyer Country Wagon.
Staci - June 2, 2019
Is there a certain marking I need to look for the radio flyer 90 wagon to know what it's value is ?
The only ones I could find are on this page (see also the list of sold wagons if you scroll down): Radio Flyer 90. Some have writing with '90' on the sides.
Frank - February 16, 2018
I want to restore radio super 9d wagon. I am in need of at least One tire and wheel. If need be I can replace all 4. This wagon has metal wheels and hub caps. Help
Hi, there are some wheels on eBay, did you check them out? Take a look here: Radio Flyer Wagon wheels. Otherwise try and ask on their official website, maybe they know some addresses.