When automobiles made their first appearances, it wasn't long before pedal cars followed. The history of these toy cars goes even back to the 1890s and most were modelled from real cars at that time.

By the turn of the century, many children longed for one. Unfortunately, they were so expensive that they were only playthings the wealthy kids.

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History

The very first pedal cars created at the end of the 1800s, were handmade wooden models, but from the 1930s, metal-bodied versions became popular. Modeled after the real cars then seen on the roads, these small cars allow children to actually "drive" a car, just like an adult in a real car (well, not on the road of course). Like Hot Wheels and Matchbox, these iconic toys remain popular today, both with a new generation of kids and with adult collectors.

Interest in vintage pedal cars in the USA has grown to an unbelievable level in the past years.

Manufacturers

There were five well known early manufacturers:

In the 1920s and 1930s, luxury pedal cars were bought by the wealthy, and it's very difficult to find a vintage one in really good condition. Some real size car collectors are selling their cars and going into vintage pedal car collecting, since there is little maintenance to them.

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Of course, the very early models are expensive to buy because of their history -much the same as any classic car- but there are now many models available in reproduction format, often built to the exact specification and quality of their counterpart models.

Pedal cars of the 1920s and 1930s are a big part of our history. They have moved from sidewalks into our living rooms for decorating, displays etc. They are nice to admire under the Christmas tree, in the dining room or in the hall. Wherever you place your car, it will always attract the attention of others and become a focal point of conversation. Nowadays a lot of classic models are re-produced.

Links

Pedal Car value

What's it worth? Take a look at this Pedal Car price guide: sold listings for a value indication.

Pedal Car forum (9 comments)

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David - March 6, 2018

Hi, I have a Prewar Gendron Atom Sidewalk bicycle with sidecar. I need a replacement windshield, seat, and top bow rail for the sidecar. Anyone?? Beuler...Beuler...Beuler?
►reply: I asked Ben Stein but he didn't know either :-)

Doug - December 30, 2017

I have a probe 3 need lexan windshield.and dash board sticker
►reply: Not sure, but you could try a few links I mentioned in the text above for parts and decals.

Bob - November 6, 2017

I have tri-ang formula 1 type pedal car colour:Black/Gold i would be interested in getting it valued with regard to selling same.
►reply: Hi Bob, no idea, but you can try and ask here: facebook.com/chasingpedalcars1.

Mark - October 3, 2017

Hi I have a 1923 lines bros London vauxhall for restoration if anyone is interested
►reply: Anyone interested can react through here and I'll forward. If you're in a hurry I recommend eBay.

Megan - August 11, 2017

I have eight pedal cars for sale including a Kidillac,If you are interested in seeing what I have in this site is still working please email me back
►reply: I'll let you know if anyone is interested Megan!

Carol - January 16, 2016

i have a 1949 Austin pathfinder pedal car for sale want about 7000 us

John - June 19, 2013

I have a Gendron pedal car with 1874 on it also number plate with number 6_637 it is mainly wood with wire spoked wheels it is in need of restoration could you advise me of its value . Kind regards John

Randy - April 2, 2012

Need plastic wheel w/ rubber tire for TALA BANDEIRANTE 1950s MGTD pedal car made in Brazil.

Ernie - September 15, 2010

I have a pedal car that was made in the late 30's or early 40' it is in fair condition...
Is ther anyway I can find out it's value....

Thank you for your time and trouble....
Ernie