Antique Fire Chief Pedal Cars
Antique Fire Chief Pedal Cars are a type of children’s toy that first appeared in the late-nineteenth century.
History & Description
Antique fire chief pedal cars were often beautifully crafted and were constructed from durable materials such as pressed steel. In addition, many examples were equipped with opening doors and trunks, step rests and fire hat bells on the hood. The steel was usually enamelled in order to ensure rich colours and pedals were adjustable to accommodate children of all sizes and ages.
On the more expensive models, steering wheels and other solid parts were custom cast.
Guide for collectors
Antique fire chief pedal cars come in a variety of sizes, shapes and build quality and, as a result, prices can vary considerably. Some of the more basic examples of antique fire chief pedal cars can be purchased for under $50 at auction, whereas the more advanced items can sometimes reach over $3,000.
Antique fire chief pedal cars are also frequently advertised on online bidding sites, such as eBay. Prices tend to range between $1003 and $5004.
While restoring antique fire chief pedal cars is recommended, collectors or existing owners are urged to go through respected professional restorers to ensure that as much of the item’s original features are retained. Additionally, any below-part restoration can potentially decrease an item’s value.
Notable auction sales
On March 31st 2009 at Rich Penn Auctions in Waterloo, Indianapolis, a 1932 Skippy custom fire chief pedal car, hand built by Bob Olsen and excellently restored, realised a price of $1,000.
On September 25th 2010 at Bertoia Auctions in Vineland, New Jersey, a Gendron fire chief pedal car, made in 1926 but excellently restored, was sold for $2,750.
On April 30th 2005 at Bertoia Auctions in Vineland, New Jersey, an American National fire chief pressed steel pedal car, realised a price of $3,350.
On May 29th 2009 at Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pennsylvania, a 1926 American National fire chief pedal car was sold for $1,300.