Lot 218 (Stoneleigh Park, 13th March 2010)
Sold for £3,600
(including buyers premium)
A completely restored example of this scarce and highly collectable child's pedal car, being based on the supercharged twin-cam Austin Seven pre-war racer. It was produced in the same factory as the better-known J40 pedal car in South Wales, employing disabled miners to help them get back into employment. Introduced in 1949, the model was only produced for one year, hence its scarcity today. Made from pressed steel (which incidentally is of the same gauge as used for full size Austin cars of the period) painted in cream livery with red grille & bonnet badge on. The detachable bonnet is held on place by two leather straps, which when removed reveals a miniature twin cam engine, with spark plugs & miniature Austin sticker (in the style of a manufacturers plaque) to the bulkhead. The car rides on the correct red three spoked metal wheels, clad by pneumatic tyres, whilst the interior features a crimson padded leather cloth seat and detailed dashboard instruments, plus a wood rim three spoke steering wheel. This example is stamped 13/5/49 below the seat cushion & features silver Austin decals that really finish the car off. A Fabulous example and exceptionally attractive item.
More information on the history & restoration of this piece can be obtained by contacting Adam Sykes at the main office.