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
The Boss! Check out this California Blue Plated Mustang Boss 302 with original window sticker and Marti Report. Purchased new in Huntington Beach Ca and finished in Medium Lime Metallic with Ivy green interior and optioned with the close ratio 4 speed manual transmission, 3.91 Trac-Lok differential, Correct solid lifter D1Z Boss 302 V8 replacement block, power steering, power disc brakes, Shaker H
One of the most significant Shelby GT500’s brought to the market in years! A largely original, unrestored museum-quality example Recently released from Carroll Shelby’s personal collection Rare & desirable 1969 Shelby GT500 Fastback One of only 87 built in this stunning color combination Displaying only 64,486 miles! Numbers matching 428ci “Cobra Jet” V8 engine Maintai
This 1993 full face-lift Jaguar XJS 4 litre coupe is in excellent shape, with under 25,000 miles on the clock, it looks fantastic in ice blue with the perfect saville grey interior to match. KWE are selling on behalf of a customer who had major work done on the car with us. Our customer recently had this car put through our workshop to undergo some routine maintenance to ensure it’s ready to
This Land Rover is a series 1 86" crew cab top with canvas tilt in excellent running condition. The engine is 2286 Petrol. This classic Land Rover Series 1 still has the original body, chassis, gearbox, axels, grill, instruments and seats. It is in very good running condition and has just been serviced. It has its mot, road tax and insurance. It was originally an ex police car in the Paphos distr