Those Precious Pedal Cars

Peter Winnewisser |

Regardless of their vintage, pedal cars had to be tough to handle
the occasional neighborhood car pool.

A pedal car is a relatively simple, but large, child’s toy vehicle with pedals, tires, axles, a body and a steering assembly. They were designed for heavy outdoor play, and were ridden and enjoyed by children, especially in the pre-World War II years.

Modern versions of these toy cars have become quite popular in recent years, and can be purchased for prices ranging from $100 to $400. For example, a 1932 Ford roadster police pedal car officially licensed by the Ford Motor Co. sells for $259.

(Above) The driver seems prepared to pedal off-road in this
undated photo.

 Originals are more pricey.  A completely restored 1934 Pontiac Fire Chief pedal car was recently advertised in Antique Toy World with an asking price of $3,000. An original 1930s Steelcraft Zephyr pedal car was for sale on eBay at $1,800 and had bids up to $760. Unrestored versions, in various conditions, can be found at automotive flea markets, such as Hershey, for considerably less.

 

(Above left) There probably weren’t many pedal cars built before
this 1919 model. (Above right) This pedal car is dated 1942.

 For more information on pedal cars, consult “Pedal Car Restoration and Price Guide” by Andrew A. Gurka. On the Internet, search for “pedal cars” or check eBay. At www.pedalcarplus.com, you can check out a brief history of the pedal car by LaZinnia Manley.

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(Above) Bob Galuski of Kirkville, N.Y., cherished his pedal car as a child (Below), and still owns it today.
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