On some models the wheels will be a matching color, but most diecasts' wheels will need to be painted. Some early Ford wheels were black (as were most cars' wheels), but natural wood spokes were seen, too. I paint most wheels black, and occasionally paint them a wood color. I use Rustoleum semi gloss black for wheels, fenders, and bodies. Dave L.
Wheels ready for assembly. Ertl tires can be black or white. Natural rubber tires were white and about 1920 carbon black was added to the rubber to help make them more durable. You see models with either. I often mix or match tire color to suit the model's color. Regards, Dave L.
Another nice model in Ertl's line up is this 1917 Maxwell Touring car. I have only seen the model decorated for the Texaco Company commemorating a race in 1917. The Maxwell ran from Newark, NJ, to Los Angeles and did it n an incredible ten days and sixteen hours.
I have both versions, the race car, and a standard touring in my collection. To be honest, I've done more than one model in the black; it is a nice model. Regards, Dave L.
Ace Hardware used this model in their promotion. With the advertisement removed it became a nice truck. Research found that there was a pickup version in 1927, and I started to cut down one of the models into a pickup.