Hey Baby! Wanna Ride? 1950s Giordani Passeggino

Okay, I’ll be right up front, here: I don’t know anything significant about baby buggies, baby carriages, strollers, prams or perambulators. True, I did ride around in a pretty fancy little German buggy in my day, but it’s a whole different perspective from the inside. Looking at things from the outside, I must say, this super-rare, drop-top survivor, offered here on eBay from a seller in Ohio, is pretty darned adorable!

From its chrome exhaust ports to its fully-sprung suspension, this little buggy is a miniature automotive tour-de-force. The number of design cues it has taken from other full-sized vehicles of the day is pretty remarkable. It doesn’t look too different from a late-40’s/ mid-50’s Buick, what with the portholes and swoops and all, but it also features fully-developed tail fins and, from the front, it’s the old Fiat Cinquecento. Unlike the Fiat, though, that front end hinges down like the business end of a D-Day landing craft.

The Italian carrozzeria, Giordani, is still a going concern, specializing in products for your bambini since 1875, so you know this is quality. But, like a lot of ancient Italian offerings, this tiny exotic will need some care. While not exactly babied, the body panels look pretty good for their age and have nearly all body trim in place. Not sure if it had any sort of on-track history, but it does show some minor front end damage. Meanwhile, the bumper out back (which is NOT rubber, the Rubber Baby Buggy Bumper test notwithstanding) has had a run-in with something, possibly the result of an overzealous push vehicle or maybe a contest of wills at Woolworth’s. Note the original tires and wheels. Love that tambour trunk panel, too.

Rust is really not an issue here, and although we don’t have a shot of the trunk floor, we have something better: a view of the entire under-carriage. (Hah! See what I did there? Under-CARRIAGE? Good times!)  Anyway… it is missing its convertible top, so for those especially sunny or rainy days, you’ll want to get that replaced. Which. Will. Be. A real adventure in itself. Maybe you’ll get lucky and find a warehouse full of spares! (you’re not going to find a warehouse full of spares) Otherwise, you may have to do a bit of stainless fabricating, Perspex forming and lace tatting. I might consider simply running it with a tonneau and a helmet.

Now, the situation with the electrical is also going to be a challenge. I think we’re looking into the battery compartment here; just look at this absolute birds nest. Good luck, Mr. Restoration Expert! Not sure what the electrical system did, probably illuminated the baby box so mom and dad could keep a watchful eye on Junior. Maybe some totally awesome neon ground effect lighting could be added…

See the trunk compartment to the right, behind the seat? And to the left, the tactical flop-down nose? Is it just me or does it seem to you like it should have an ashtray? Incredibly, the interior looks to be all there, so it should provide a sound basis for your upholsterer. It even has the original floor mat and safety belt! Be aware that if you decide to run it with the original skins there may be some staining in the usual places. Eww.

Finding cool vehicles and seeing them for what they were or may be is what this hobby is all about. So, take a look at this intact survivor in Australia and picture our l’il stateside beater back in the pink…or blue, maybe. I’m pretty sure there are collectors of infant conveying devices and one of those folks would love to get his or her hands on this really unique vehicle, if not for restoration, at least for, dare-I-say, parts.  When in tip-top shape, they are really quite striking, enough so to make the other parents down at the latte shop say “oooh!” and “ahhh!”

Finally, the seller includes in his description the Taylor Tot name. Not to get too deep in the ol’ memorabilian weeds, here, but I am led to believe that Taylor Tot strollers were from a different company altogether…but possibly they imported them, like Sears and Roebuck did with the Allstate-badged Italian Vespa? Can any of you tell us more about this unique vehicle?

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Comments

  1. Thomas

    Drop a small block into that puppy.

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    • glen

      Didn’t take long before that was suggested! I saw it coming, but atleast you didn’t say “Chevy”

  2. JW

    Is it my imagination or when pushing it forward the car would be going in reverse ??? You child would grow up not knowing forward from reverse when getting his/her license.

  3. grant

    Really? Baby carriages? I think you are confused as to what this website is about.

    • Mountainwoodie

      Dude….relax………

  4. john from ct

    Clearly from the condition of the bumper and the stripped off convertible frame to save weight, this thing was street raced.

  5. Rodney

    Oddly, it looks like an iPad in the footwell…..
    Kids today, don’t get me started!

  6. john from ct

    Clearly from the condition of the bumper and the stripped off convertible frame that was done to save weight, this thing was street raced.

  7. Rodney

    ….or Rug Rat Rod…..

  8. chad Member

    hook it up bumper to bumper w/the DD, put the rag top down…

  9. DRV

    I would be restoring this given the time. I love it, and yes it belongs on this sight.

    • Mountainwoodie

      right you are. (site)

  10. stillrunners lawrence Member

    yep…kinda neat…..

  11. Coventrycat

    Fitting that you have to push it like most other Italian vehicles.

  12. JP in WI

    It’s got the typical flip-flop handle so the baby/kid can face forward or backward while cruising the sidewalks… Pretty awesome styling on this old baby cart…

  13. Peter S.R. Member

    Gateway drug to automobile addiction…

  14. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    Under-CARRIAGE? Great line Karl!

    • Karl

      Hah! I pop the top on a Leinie to ya!

      • leiniedude leiniedude Member

        LOL Karl! Love ya Bro! Ten more and I have to go! Take care, Mike. Oh, Great write up. Glad to see some more humor here. Thanks. Take care.

  15. Ken Smolecki

    Check out the hub caps, now look at the hubcaps on the home built car of Col. Paul Jones, which was posted a little after this one,

  16. Peter Morrow

    How beautiful! I grew up in one of these ,( until I was eight anyway), mum said it was pretty quick on the flat but as soon as you hit a hill it slowed down dramatically, dad was able to get a bit more speed out of it. Cornering was a problem until dad imported and fitted an after market Shelby suspension system. No brakes meant all stops were emergencies, definitely a dry weather vehicle. These were also rated to fit a Fifth Wheel for long haul work. So there!

  17. Dan h

    Better check those rocker panels….

  18. George

    I’m really admiring the creative leaf spring suspension!

  19. PLMBRDON

    I’m sure Richard Rawlings must be the flipper of this ride lol. Send it over to unique auto and I’m sure they could install a pop up tv and 700 lbs of MDF and a lot of other useless junk to make it non functional or practical. On the other hand it is quite fine the way it is. Yea it should be on here👍😎

  20. Rolf Poncho 455

    a small tinie small block

  21. carsofchaos

    This needs to be lowered and have some over sized rims slapped on it ASAP.
    Honestly though, this is pretty cool.

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