Antique Gas Pumps



2015-06-26 11:16:19

Antique Gas Pumps are pumps used by gas stations during the early years of the 20th century.

Brief history and description

The Indiana-based Bowder company first invented the gas pump in the early 1800s, but soon after the arrival of automobiles during the 1920s, gas pumps started to become mass produced all over the world. By the 1930s, electronic gas pumps were introduced to the market as well, and most of which usually featured a sort of unique Art Deco style which makes them highly collectible today.

Guide for collectors

Antique pumps that still have their original turning pump wheels are considered to be both rare and valuable among collectors, as well as antique gas pumps with cylinders on top of them, or antique gas pumps with old clock faces.

Restoration of an antique gas pump is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. (However, restoring an antique gas pump may decrease its value).

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Antique American gas pumps

Victorian Casino Antiques in Las Vegas, Nevada sold a tall antique "American" gas pump featuring a Gilmore Gas motif for $3,500 in October of 2011.

Antique Whizzer gasoline pumps are worth around $1,700.

A Pennsylvania Pump Company gas pump is worth around $1,200.

Hamilton's Antique Auction Gallery in Tacoma, Washington sold a restored Tokheim model 34 Polly gas pump with a display glass globe on the top for $8,900 in March of 2012.

Antique Erie Company gas pumps

Great Gatsby's Antiques and Auctions in Atlanta, Georgia sold:

  • A red antique Erie Pump Company gas pump (circa mid 20th century; 75" in height) for $1,900 in September of 2010.
  • A brown Erie Pump Company gas pump (circa mid-20th century; 68" in height) featuring a Panhandle Refining Company brand log for $500 in September of 2010.

Antique gasoline dispensers

Great Gatsby's Antiques and Auctions in Atlanta, Georgia sold an antique Clean Vision duplex gasoline dispenser from Toronto, Canada for $13,500 in June of 2011.

Antique three-wheel Texaco gas pumps

Three-wheel "Texaco" curbside/moveable gas pumps are worth between $1,600 and $2,250.

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