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"Empire" Pedal Car Appears in 1916-17 Toldeo Metal Wheel Co. Catalog

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Posted 6 years ago

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I purchased this pedal car a few years ago at an antique store. It took a bit of research, but I finally got my hands on a copy of the 1916-17 Toledo Metal Wheel Company catalog in which this car appears. It reads "Empire" on the hood. Empire Motor Car Co. was in business between 1901 and 1919 and as near as I can tell, this pedel car would probably be meant to represent the Empire "20" Roadster. The car is functional, but un-restored and I plan to keep it that way. Just figured I'd put it out here as I've never seen a pedal car that represented an Empire vehicle. I don't normally collect antiques, but just couldn't resist purchasing it when I saw it. I really don't know what the actual value of the car would be, but it lives in our living room and we enjoy it..


  1. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago

  2. chevy59 chevy59, 6 years ago
    Awesome Pedal Car!
  3. pickrknows pickrknows, 6 years ago
    Much too nice to think about restoring, It's only original once!!
    I would'nt be surprised if your car could bring $1000-2000, in a good auction,as it's not a very common model. Very nice piece of history!
  4. cp659, 6 years ago
    Thanks for the info pickrknows !!! I agree on not restoring it. I feel it tells a story that might be lost if restored..
    Thanks again !!!
  5. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Agree with pickrknows-- it was GREAT decision to leave it as is.

    The aging to the paint and wood confirm its age. It would be de valued with any restoration.

  6. cp659, 6 years ago
    Thanks Scott !!
  7. PeterN, 6 years ago
    cool car well done
  8. Lostinspace Lostinspace, 6 years ago
    WOW! Absolutely beautiful. Please leave it as is. No restoration! No restoration! :)
  9. cp659, 6 years ago
    Thanks everyone !! No restoration.... I promise....
  10. Flanker Flanker, 6 years ago
    wow that's beautiful.
  11. phillys57, 6 years ago
    Leave it inside and don't ever restore that car. Somethings re better left alone, and that car is one. GORGEOUS !!!!!!!
  12. cp659, 6 years ago
    Thanks !!!! I really appreciate all the comments !!!!
  13. mrmajestic1 mrmajestic1, 6 years ago
    Didn't I see Alfalpha and Darla in the driver's seat and Spanky pushing?
  14. neat.old.stuff neat.old.stuff, 6 years ago
    I love it. That's an old one!

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