Johann Distler founded Distler in 1895 Nuremberg, originally as a penny toys company, before venturing into cars, trains and clockwork airplanes. The German manufacturer of model railways Trix bought Distler in 1938, going on to produce the legendary battery-operated, tin car the Distler Electromatic 7500. Distler closed his factory in 1962, but saw a reintroduction in 2001 by a Chinese company. Schuco eventually bought Distler, re-releasing its famous Porsche model in 2004.