Posted 10 years ago
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..