August 28, 2008

Why Is The Ferrari Tipo 500 The Rolls Royce Of Pedal Cars?

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OK, so there's De Parma, a slightly cheeky antiques dealer in London, who's selling this vintage Ferrari Tipo 500 F2 racer pedal car--dated to the 50's and sourced to Italy, but otherwise no manufacturer is mentioned--in very nice original-looking shape, with the racing paint, the exhausts, even the old timey white tires on knockoff wire wheels intact. $2,400 asking, and I'm sure it's worth every ha'penny.

But when I tried to get a sense for how that compared to the other £1,200, 50-lb steel pedal cars out there, I discovered that there's a brisk and wildly disparate market out there for reproduction F2 racer pedal cars. For some reason, this car--the original of which had an illustrious but very short racing career in the mid-1950s--has become an archetype, a yellow rubber duckie, nay, the Rolls Royce of pedal cars.

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Check it out: American Retro has a pretty close approximation of the vintage F2 for $539. [Though a guy's selling one right now off the floor of his shop in Buena Park for $250. Remind me never to give him any expensive gifts.]

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American Pedal Car, meanwhile, has a couple of plain F2 models for $410, plus this insane all-chrome F2 pedal car for $510 [Oakley-rocking-dbag-in-training not included].

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But wait, some guy in Minneapolis did a throwback tuner job on an American Pedal F2, adding missing details like vintage badging, exhausts, a plexi windscreen, even an aluminum gas cap, all for $950: "This car is functional," he writes, "if you dare let a child of 3-7 even drive it. Fine for supervised walks in the neighborhood, but don't let them leave it at the end of the driveway! It also looks good hanging on your wall, or sitting in your office, as it sits in mine." Uh-huh.

Was the F2 on the cover of the Sears Christmas Catalog in the mid-50s, and thus lodged in the psyche of every boomer boy in the country? Because I'm not getting the sense that any of these are actually for the kids.

9 Comments

"Oakley-rocking-dbag-in-training not included"

I spit soda out my nose when i read that.

The all-chrome pedal racer is our most popular race car in stock. It is a beauty!

Surely the Audi Type C pedal car must get a mention in this article...

http://www.autoblog.com/2007/08/03/pedal-to-the-metal-audi-offering-auto-union-type-c-pedal-car/

Yeah, the Audi Type C is more like the Bugatti Veyron of pedal cars. Though I don't know what that makes the Bugatti 52 kids car. I went ahead and added a "toy car excess" tag to roud up those, the Aston Martin, and some others, in one spot.

For some reason that throwback just doesn't do much for me (especially if you have to be that careful with it).

The new F2s are nice, but there's still nothing like the old 50s originals. $2400 price tag isn't all that surprising, is it?

Just wish I would of had the smarts to hang onto my old pedal car. With a little restoration maybe I could have been banking that $2400..

These are some fancy pedal cars. I'd love to get something like this for my son. He seems to have grown to liking planes more than cars lately, maybe I'll try looking for pedal planes for him for his birthday.

[would it help cut down on this kind of crap if I told you in advance that the links added in the comments are all "no_follow," and so don't do anything for your spammy SEO strategy? -ed.]

Hi!

I got a Ferrari pedal car like the one on the top of this page in a bad condition red with white stripes and with the prancing horse logo. It's a project car and i'm missing a steering wheel, windscreen, seat and the tires are not ok. Where can I get theese things. Is it possible to find?

Cheers
Peter

Peter I am interested to know more about the one you have.
I have one very similar by the sound of it.

I have been trying to find more details on it.
can you contact me

07712 657383

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