1954 Eshelman Child Sport Car

Eshelman Sport Car

Eshelman made two types of “Sport Cars” (no “s”) in the mid 1950’s, one intended for children and one at least theoretically for adults. This child’s model was intended to be able to transport two kids of indeterminate age up to about 15 miles per hour from it’s tiny, 2 HP Briggs & Stratton engine. The adult models topped out at around 25 mph and had . This particular Sport Car is located in La Jolla, California and is listed for sale here on eBay. Spirited bidding is already above $700 and there isn’t a reserve price. I found this video of a running 1955 model that’s actually going a bit fast for my liking at times, especially considering the brakes were paddles acting on the tires! The seller explains in the ad that these listed for $295 new, which was a lot of money at the time for what was essentially a toy. As a side note, the “adult” model was an additional $100 at the time. Ultimately, it’s still a toy, but a very rare one. I would probably spend the money on a regular automobile, but I’m interested in your thoughts. Do you have a spot for this Sport Car in your garage (or maybe tool shed, considering the size)?


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  1. MacVaugh

    I find it interesting that an eBay user with a feedback of 2 would lecture folks on the sniping of auctions :)

  2. Mark E

    I think anything with hard rubber tires and no suspension would be tricky to handle at over five MPH…

  3. dj

    2 positive feedbacks from sellers in 2 years. Plus a paragraph rant about sniping an auction and how it doesn’t exist. If I was even interested, his feedback as well as his rant about sniping is enough for me not to bid. I’ve used one for years and it works quite well.

  4. JW

    I don’t take well to people who lecture me that don’t know me and has less experience in what they are lecturing me about. I’ll pass as I would us the money for something a little more practical.

  5. JW454

    I’m sorry to inform this seller but, as I understand it, regardless of how the high bid was placed, through sniping or not, when the auction ends the high bid is always the winner. To say it don’t exist in his auction is not correct.
    With respect to this child’s toy, there quite a few other items on my want list ahead of something like this.

  6. Chebby

    Wow, its ugly. Seems like you could build a better one on a riding mower chassis.

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