Sale 18FD08 | Lot 1035

Austin J40 (Junior Forty) White Roadster Pedal Car

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Lot Details

Lot 1035
Austin J40 (Junior Forty) White Roadster Pedal Car
Austin Motor Company, Limited, Bargoed, South Wales, Serial no. 11306, circa 1950
Length 62 inches, width 27 inches.
The Austin Motor Company established a special not-for-profit pedal car factory called the Austin Junior Car Factory, which opened on July 5, 1949. Paid for with government funds, the toy factory was established to exclusively provide meaningful employment to as many as 250 disabled Welsh coal miners. The workers made excellent quality pedal cars. Two car models were available: the Junior Forty (J40) and the Pathfinder Special. After a year production the Pathfinder was dropped and replaced in 1950 by the J40. The new model featured working headlights and horn, detachable wheels and leather seating. It retailed for 27 pounds plus 6 pounds in tax, which then was the equivalent of two or three weeks wages for the average working person. Early pedal cars featured the Flying A hood ornament, such as the car offered here, however, the ornaments were later dropped because of a change in the law. A total of 32,098 Austin J40 pedal cars were produced, mostly for the American market. Production ceased in September 1971.


Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Sold for $2,000 (includes buyer's premium)

Additional Notes & Condition Report

With Dunlop rubber 8-inch wheels. The car is battery operated; wear consistent with age and use; chips to paint along edges; areas of rust to fenders; leather seat worn; dents to bumpers; not guaranteed to be in running order.


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Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Sold for $2,000 (includes buyer's premium)

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