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
This superb Landrover is a Defender that was ex Military and is a FFR (Fitted For Radio) This year of Military defender were still fitted with the superb 2495cc Naturally Aspirated Diesel engine as specified by the Armed forces. This stunning example is still original and has been superbly maintained , A new Black canvas has been fitted and the original green one is still with it. The powerful
Iconic Autobody 386 Speedster Homage BESPOKE COACH BUILT ON THE PORSCHE 986 BOXSTER PLATFORM. SPEEDSTER 356 INSPIRED, RETRO STYLED, MODERN DRIVETRAIN MASTERPIECE. This Amazing car is available for immediate delivery Built from a 49686 mile, 2.7L ,Manual Porsche. Finished in a stunning metallic grey coachwork with Red leather and black carpets. Electric Black Hood, 17 Bespoke Fusch
Beep Beep!! Here’s a cool Roadrunner equipped with a nice 440 engine that has aluminum heads, 850 Holley, Torker intake, performance cam, ARP rocker studs, headers, and Air Grabber scoop. It is attached to a TKO 600 5 speed transmission, Science Friction Carbon Kevlar weave clutch with Billet flywheel, and a 3:91 Positraction differential. Wilwood power disc brakes, Hotchkiss leaf springs / tors
A simply stunning example of a Silver Wraith II. Finished in very rare 2-tone Willow Gold over Olive (metallic) with Moss green fine lines to the waist-rails. The interior has handsome light tan (beige) Connolly hides with Moss green piping and Wilton carpets in a green-gold hue. The same theme carries through to the boot. The roof has an interior matching light beige Everflex top.