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The Marx Toy Museum will blog about those Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) we receive by email and also share some Facts about some of the toys we have on display at the museum. And the best part - when we don't know the answer - we are hoping you do!!! So comment...

Stutz Bearcat & Tony the Pony Battery

Marx Toy Museum - Monday, March 12, 2012

What is the Most Frequently Asked Toy Question?  

If you are a collector of anything Marx, you might never guess it.  It's not about a Marx playset, an action figure, or even a wind-up...over the past 10 years, the most common question has been asked something like this...

"I found my Stutz Bearcat (or Tony the Pony) in my parents basement and I would like to see if I can get it started for my son (or daughter).  What type of battery should I use?"


To give you some background, Marx produced a series of three battery-operated ride-on toys in the mid-1960's - the Stutz Bearcat, Tony the Pony, and the Marx-A-Kart.  I was able to find all three of these pieces in the 1963, 1964, and 1965 Marx Product Line Catalogs.  And although there wasn't alot of information included on the piece - it is confirmed that all three of these pieces operate on a Hot Shot 12 Volt Battery - as advertised.

Several years ago, I received an email which included a photo of a battery that worked in their Tony the Pony.  I don't know that there' much more information to get off the battery itself, but I included the photo of the battery below.  

I'm sure this won't be the last time I get this question, SO, if you get your Marx Battery Operated Ride-On to work, be sure to comment where you got your battery and if you take any photos with your children or grand-children, send them in and I'll add them to the blog.  

Scott Brown commented on 27-Jan-2016 07:40 AM
I have been restoring the Marx cart that my brother and I had in the kids 60's. I have found a compatible replacement battery to the 12volt Everready hotshot drycell original. RayOvac #922 is an equivalent 10 amp per hour output. I have found and would strongly suggest that everyone working on these drive systems verify the integrity of wires and connections as well the drive motor! Time and moisture are not friends to the drive systems of this(or any) fifty year old electrical system.

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