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LONDON, England – Auctioneer Bicester Heritage in the UK is to sell more than 140 classic kiddies’ pedal cars, as part of an annual Jaguar Land Rover Classics Collection sale. It’s planned for March 21.
The baby cars range, The Corner was told, from vintage Bentleys to modern BMW’s but include racing cars and aeroplanes. All will be auctioned without reserve.
The auction will be in association with an ‘Affordable Classics’ event hosted by Bicester Heritage’s official auction partner Brightwells in which more than 100 rare and low-kilometres vehicles from ”Britain’s most revered classic brands”.
A media release reported that, while it’s not unusual for a pedal car to turn up at auction, rarely do sale-goers see a whole collection for sale at one venue.
The kiddy cars span almost every decade of the past 130 years and range from detailed miniature vintage Bentleys and pre-war racing cars made from metal to a modern BMW Z4 which were widespread In the early 1900’s, especially in the heartlands of the then auto powerhouses of America, Britain, Italy and France.
Though generally intended for children, most of these pedal cars were just as well made as the full-size versions and had enamelled steel bodies, opening bonnets and boots, working brakes, steering and headlights, leather upholstery and adjustable pedals.
Some even had miniature electric engines.
Dan Geoghegan, Bicester Heritage’s managing director, told The Corner: “Pedal cars are a part of our motoring and social history. This auction is a potentially once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to snap up some fascinating rarities.
FYI: Bicester Heritage says it is creating a revolution in historic-vehicle ownership. ”The unique location is the UK’s only hub for historic motoring excellence and is the national centre for a £5.5bn-a-year industry that employs more than 34 000 skilled people.
It was founded but is now home to more than 30 specialist businesses. It has a collective turnover of more than £20-million, which makes it the biggest in the industry.