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    Posted 5 years ago

    shawimm
    (17 items)

    Found this at a flea market and couldn't resist, while it may not be a "pedal car", it is however a "ride-on", which is in the same category. Made by: Minnitoys: Otaco Ltd, Ontario.

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    1. Otaco4me Otaco4me, 5 years ago
      http://cf.collectorsweekly.com/stories/g9nLoIiEMLd-hsasGdGKew.jpg
    2. Otaco4me Otaco4me, 5 years ago
      Above link to Ride on train from Minnitoys Catalogue.
    3. antiquerose antiquerose, 5 years ago
      Oh wow -- this is SWEET...................and a Big EH back at ya !!!
    4. shawimm shawimm, 5 years ago
      Thanks Otaco4me. Do you know what year this would have first appeared as an offering from the Otaco company? This off-white accent colour on mine is something I can't seem to locate on another version, and this is not a faded or age-altered white.....the underside of the handle bars is a pristine and fresh beige colour as well. I also noted that some of the ones I've found online have solid rubber tires (like mine) and others have steel wheels with a rubber tire mounted on it. On a final note there also appears to be two different pressed steel front sections. One is more pronounced than the other with a convex headlight (like mine) while others have less pronounced features and a concave headlight. Any thoughts on these observations would be greatly appreciated.
    5. shawimm shawimm, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the shout-out, antiquerose
    6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      "61 lbs" ! Wanna put some muscle on the bloody tykes !!
    7. Otaco4me Otaco4me, 5 years ago
      Not sure of the production run on this train. I put up another pic but detail in pic isn't great. Researching Minnitoys is challenging, and even living less than 5 minutes from the long since closed offices/plant, doesn't help me too much. Almost never see any of the Minnitoys in the wilds, so hard to ever compare 2 side by side. Not seen any reference on a two-part wheel. Canadian toy history is always a challenge due to poor record keeping, low production runs, etc. Keeps the hobby interesting.
    8. shawimm shawimm, 5 years ago
      Here is an ebay auction for a Canadian Flyer with the headlight and wheels that are different from mine. http://www.ebay.com/itm/BIG-RARE-1950s-MINNITOYS-CANADIAN-FLYER-RIDE-ON-TOY-TRAIN-ORIGINAL-CONDITION-/301974089348
    9. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      I know why it is so heavy. To build up muscles so they can carry a case of Molson under each arm when they get older, eh !

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