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Pedal car bought for Lichfield boy in 1949 expected to fetch more than £4,000 at auction

A pedal car originally bought for a young boy in Lichfield almost 70 years ago is expected to fetch more than £4,000 when it goes up for auction.

The classic pedal car going under the hammer

The classic pedal car going under the hammer

The 1.6m long toy, based on the Jamieson OHV 750 Austin Racing Seven car will be sold by Hansons Auctioneers on July 1.

The vehicle has been restored by its current owner after being saved from the scrapheap.

A spokesperson for the auction house said: “A boy from a village in Lichfield was given the car as a present in 1949.

“Known as the Pathfinder Special, they were constructed in a special factory in Bargoed in South Wales which was set up with government funds for disabled Welsh miners to find a new interest in life. The factory was named The Austin Junior Car Factory and it utilised offcuts of sheet metal from the Longbridge Austin factory and were constructed in the same way as the motor cars themselves.

“The pedal cars were regarded the best on the market at the time and incorporated features such as working headlights, a horn, pneumatic Dunlop tyres and an opening bonnet.

“The Pathfinder cost a staggering £25 with tax and an average working man would have had to save two to three weeks full wages to purchase one of these fine machines.”

Pedal cars were built until the factory closed in 1971, but collectors across the globe are still keen to get their hands on one.

“The cars were cherished by some of the luckiest children of the time and were exported abroad including America,” the spokesperson added. “With its vintage good looks and finished in British racing green, the lucky owner would have been the envy of the town driving around in this racy little number.”

For more details on the auction visit the Hansons website.

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