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Nearly 800 pedal cars up for sale in a single auction this month

  • They may have been toys once, but classic pedal cars can now be considered collectibles, and Mecum Auctions will try to unload hundreds of them at an auction later this month.
  • The lot comes from Elmer’s Auto & Toy Museum and includes some that are 100 years old, some that are in relatively original condition, and some that have been heavily restored or modified.
  • Besides pedal cars, Mecum will also sell 120 classic cars in this auction, including a 1964 Amphicar 770.

    Pedal car enthusiasts may want to start measuring their available storage space. Elmer’s Auto & Toy Museum is selling a significant portion of its collection through Mecum Auctions later this month, and the lot includes nearly 800 classic pedal cars.

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    elmer's car and toy museum pedal car display

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    Some of these classics are 100 years old, like a 1920s Steelcraft Buick pedal car or a 1927 American National Lincoln pedal car with many original parts like the windshield frame, hood ornament and spare disc tire. The current bid is $100. The 1950s Hamilton Jeep Wrecker with two horns (obviously great for kids) and an AMF red Mustang also caught our eye.

    Most of the pedal cars auctioned have been updated and repainted over the years. If you’re planning on keeping them not as a collectible but for kids to ride, we’re thinking of pedal planes – basically pedal cars with little stubby wings on the sides – or pedal cars with planes painted on their sides, like the blue and white Strato-Flite pedal car pictured below, might do the trick. If the little ones love adult role-play then check out the custom Mack C-Cab Pedal Car painted to look like a Conoco Oil Truck.

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    If your tastes are more for pedal cars that aren’t pedal cars anymore, Elmer’s Auto & Toy Museum has a Champion model that’s been restored and then modified and turned into a remote-controlled (RC) car. He even comes with a “pilot” doll.

    elmer's car and toy museum pedal car display

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    There are nearly 2,000 items from Elmer’s Auto & Toy Museum included in the auction lot, many with no reserve limit. Besides the pedal cars, there are more than 230 bicycles and tricycles and around 120 sleds, horse-drawn carriages and ride-on toys. A handful of full-size classic vehicles, around 120, will also be sold.

    The auction takes place from September 14 to 17. Bidders may quote their price in person, over the phone, or over the Internet, but must be registered before bidding. New pedal cars can cost between $100 and $1,000.

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