Throwback Thursday, again… we found a unique Racer Pedal Car that looks like a 1930’s / 40’s racer.
Pedal cars for children first appeared in the late 1880s, when Karl Benz introduced his three-wheel Patent Motorwagen for adults. By the early 1900s, pedal cars were widespread in the United States, England, France, and Australia.
One of the first companies to make three-wheel velocipedes for children was Whitney Reed. Because automobiles are the main type of pedal toy sought by collectors, pedal toys like the early Whitney Reeds can be surprisingly easy to acquire.
The heyday for pedal cars in the United States occurred between the World Wars. For example, pedal cars were fixtures in Sears catalogs. Unfortunately, the pedal cars were only sent to customers who lived near railroad tracks because mailing a steel car, even a small one, was simply not possible.
Other companies that made pedal cars in the ’20s and ’30s included American National Automobiles of Toledo and Steelcraft of Murray. Both of these companies were based in Ohio.
Among other products, Steelcraft made GMC pedal trucks. They also made Mack dumptrucks, Model T Roadsters, Dodge Runabouts, and a Chrysler Roadste. The which had bullet-shaped headlights and rubber tires. Steelcraft’s Chrysler was 50-inches long and could be yours for only $31.50.
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