Over 140 pedal cars to be sold at no reserve by Brightwells today!
The Affordable Classics sale at Bicester Heritage of 100 no reserve classics will also feature rare pedal cars, old and new, also at no reserve
Remember the story on the forthcoming Brightwells ‘Affordable Classics’ sale of 100 no-reserve cars at Bicester Heritage?
Well there are also over classic 140 pedal cars in the collection, and details of them have just been released. They're also all for sale, again at no reserve. We've seen them and there are some real beauties, and some oddities too. The sale is now open for preview, and the pedal car auction starts at 11am (full-size cars from 1pm).
The pedal cars range from miniature vintage Bentleys and pre-war racing cars to a modern BMW Z4, spanning virtually every decade of the past 130 years. We spotted a Sharknose Ferrari and a Citroën DS Chapron Decapotable among many others on our visit – and can confirm that AutoClassics staff can't fit in any of them (except the Sinclair C5, which probably doesn't count).
Some will be eligible for the Goodwood Revival's fiercely contested children's Settrington Cup pedal car race (below), and many are extremely rare. It's highly unusual to see such a large collection come up at one auction like this.
In the early 1900s, pedal cars were widespread, especially in the heartlands of car manufacturing such as America, Britain, Italy and France. Although they were aimed at children, most pedal cars were as well made as their full-size brethren with enamelled steel bodies, opening bonnets and boots, working brakes, steering and headlights, leather seats and adjustable pedals. Some even had miniature electric engines.
The no reserve pedal car auction will sit alongside the 'Affordable Classics' event hosted by Brightwells – in which 100 rare and low-mileage models will go under the hammer. The cars and the pedal cars were all owned by dentist James Hull, who sold the collection to Jaguar Land Rover in 2014.
The company has kept and restored the majority of the cars, particularly the Jaguars and Land Rovers of course. It has donated 40 cars to the [StarterMotor charity], to help young apprentices gain experience on classic cars, and the last 100 cars and the 140-odd pedal cars will be offered for no reserve on March 21.
Dan Geoghegan, managing director of Bicester Heritage, said, 'Pedal cars are a part of our motoring and social history; the no reserve auction represents a potentially once in a lifetime opportunity to snap up some fascinating rarities.
'To host another fantastic auction with our partners at Brightwells will give a further reason for car enthusiasts from around the globe to visit us on sale day, and we look forward to welcoming them and to show all that Bicester Heritage has to offer.'
For more on the auction, you can find our story here. It contains further links to some of the collection highlights.
Classic Cars for Sale
Highlights: Certified by the Registro Italiano Alfa Romeo (RIAR), confirming its original engine The sportiest Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 chassis, with exquisite Carrozzeria Touring coachwork and sunroof High-performance, short-wheelbase Super Sport model Eligible for the Mille Miglia and a triumph of post-war Italian design The Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport The 6C 2500 was a landmark model f
Highlights 1975 Targa Florio winner Six-time race winner and four-time pole position winner Autodelta official Alfa Romeo factory team car One of the most important Alfa Romeo racing cars ever! 1975 Alfa Romeo World Championship-winning team car Raced in period by motorsport heroes, including Arturo Merzario, Jacky Ickx, Nino Vaccarella, Mario Andretti, Brian Redman, Jochen Mass, Vittorio
Highlights: A one-off Alfa Romeo, as confirmed by the Registro Internazionale Touring Superleggera Displayed by Touring at the 1957 Salon de l'Automobile de Genève A fabulously elegant design on the ultimate 1900C Super Sprint chassis Formerly of the famed Righini Collection in Italy Featured in Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera by Giovanni Bianchi Anderloni The Alfa Romeo 1900 C Alfa
Highlights: One of only 492 examples built Recently cosmetically restored Fantastic, advanced and unique design by genius Marcello Gandini The Lancia Stratos HF Stradale The Lancia Stratos HF brought home three World Rally Championships and no less than eighteen World Rally victories, it saw a new partnership blossom between Bertone and Lancia, and it helped pave the way for Lancia to bec