Pedal Faster! 1960s Charger

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No, it’s not a Dodge! Thanks to Robert R for this unusual Barn Find! I’m actually feeling quite silly, but not for the reason you might think. I had purchased an old pedal car very similar to this to restore for my daughter, but she outgrew it before I completed the restoration. I sold it a year or two ago for less than 1/6th of what this one is advertised for and it looked a lot better! Located in Cynthiana, Indiana, and for sale here on craigslist for $150, this true barn find benefits from one kid pedal-power and still sports its original graphics, albeit a little the worse for wear. Serious surface rust means that this one probably needs a full restoration; I don’t think clear coating over the patina would quite work.

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Picture courtesy of whiplashcustoms.net

This is pretty close to what it should look like, although the windshield on the one for sale could add a whole $5 to the sale price! I know a lot of car enthusiasts have fixed up cool pedal or push cars for their children or grandchildren; how about posting some pictures of yours in the comments?

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Comments

  1. Charles

    What, no pics of the undercarriage? Any rust in the floorboards?

  2. randy

    The rear end is way too far gone!

  3. JW

    I wanted to do 3 of these for my granddaughters but they like the musclecars have gotten to be stupid priced. Heck I bought them the electric Mustang Kiddie cars for cheaper.

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  4. Gary

    Over the years I had a few of these old pedal cars and my last was a fire truck with side mounted ladders and a bell proudly mounted on the hood. Sold all of them without any problem for a fair price at the time. I sold just a windshield on ebay a couple years back and it brought more money than what I paid for some of the cars.

  5. Blindmarc

    Had a red one when I was little

  6. Robert R. Member

    Jamie, I knew you would “get it”. Thanks for the write up and thanks to Jesse for the posting. Gary, I too, had one of the fire trucks with said bell and ladders. Great fun, and no batteries.

    • PC Man

      The Murray Charger pictured in this blurb sold for the asking price, rust and all.
      I have a red fire truck with two side ladders and a bell (if you’re looking for another barn find feature.)

  7. jim s

    i had one when i was little. it was new when i received it but soon had roadrash on both side and dents all over. i blame it on poor brakes, getting behind on the steering, jumping curbs and a nice size hill! i might have played demo derby also. did the same thing with pedal tractors and tri-cycles. great find.

  8. sir mike

    pictured is my 1955 Murray Royal Deluxe…unrestored one owner.my grandmother on my mothers side bought this for me for Christmas 1955.i was 3yrs 4mths old.missing spare and hub caps.probably still somewhere in my parents basement.i brought it to my house about 6yrs ago.my grandchildren like to ride it.also pictured is a Hallmark model of it.dad says i liked taking it apart..probably where my love of cars started.will never sell it.price when new was $22.00..a lot in 1955….thanks

  9. sir mike

    another pict…

  10. sir mike

    and another….

    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

      Very nice, Sir Mike!

      • sir mike

        thank you Jamie…

  11. bowtiecarguy

    1966 Sprint Edition Mustang

    In January of 1966 my wife’s parents bought a brand new Sprint Edition Mustang. In 1973 it was her first car. Somewhere around 1977 it left the family. By the early 1980s Pops was looking for a Mustang to replace the one that got away. He found a beauty—Emberglow with a Pony interior. He restored it from the ground up and drove it on weekends and sunny days. It came to me in the early 1990s and was used as a daily driver for 10 years. During that time my kids got their learners’ permits and drivers’ licenses and on special occasions, including when my son was dating the girl who would become his wife, they were allowed to drive the Mustang. Pops got to missing it again and it went back to him around 2002. He freshened it up after ten years of near daily use, and it resumed its role as a fair weather friend. It finally left our family last year.

    We found out earlier last year from our son and daughter in law that we are expecting our first grandchild in September. So when we saw this rusty old piece of junk in Round Top this Spring, how could we resist?

    Our kids may complain that they didn’t have anything like this when they were young, but we have the answer–

    “It’s too nice for children, but nothing is too nice for grandchildren!”

  12. bowtiecarguy

    Before

  13. bowtiecarguy

    During

    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

      Beautiful!!! And a great story to boot!

  14. jim brown

    I love pedal cars. just bought one last week at the hwy 41 yard sale in Georgia. everyone loves seeing a pedal car.

  15. Molly Painter

    I love reading everyone’s wonderful stories about their pedal cars! I have one I’m about to sell and I know nothing about these cars. Can someone tell me what I should ask for it? It’s very rusted, and I don’t see how to post photos here…

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