Historic pedal car collection going under the hammer in the USA
If you are a fan of classic pedal cars, pedal planes, pedal tractors, bicycles and tricycles, sleds, carriages and other ride-on toys, then the nearly 2,000 lots that make up the Elmer's Auto and Toy Museum Collection will most likely be of interest to you.
Oh, and classic cars too, because there are also 120 of them going under the hammer at the no-reserve auction that will be held in the USA on the 14th to 17th of this month.
The late Elmer Duellman was considered a pre-eminent authority and collector of pedal cars, purchasing his first pedal car in 1971 and ultimately going on to amass one of the world's largest and most encompassing collections of its kind.
Throughout his time collecting, Duellman contributed to a series of books on the topic and was sought out by others compiling reference and price guides for contributions of information and imagery from his collection.
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When Duellman died in 2019 at 79, his family decided to auction off his collection and the full list of consignments has just been announced by Mecum Auctions.
Among the coveted pedal cars and planes to be auctioned are a 1927 American National Lincoln Pedal Car that, with its windscreen frame, hood ornament, headlights, bumper, fenders, suspension, spotlight, horn and spare disc tyre, is considered to be one of the finest original pedal cars available in the world.
There is also an original 1925 American National Pedal Car that was previously used as a barber shop chair and an original 1920s Steelcraft Spirit of St. Louis Pedal Airplane with a metal body and chain drive mechanism.
Alongside the toys, 120 cars and 160 motorcycles from Elmer's collection will also be auctioned on Saturday, September 17 all at no reserve as well.
The full-size car selection is headlined by a 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T with just 55,787 miles (89,780km) on the odometer and powered by a matching-numbers 383 CI Magnum V8 engine and original TorqueFlite automatic transmission.
Also featured is a 1970 Ford Torino GT Convertible showing 36,020 miles (57,968km) and packing a 429 CI V8 and 4-speed manual transmission, as well as a one-owner 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Silver Anniversary Edition with only 5.4 miles (8.7km).
The Corvette isn't the only low-mileage gem on offer, with a 1951 Harley-Davidson Model S 125 showing just 21 miles (34km), while other two-wheeled offerings include a 1950 BSA Bantam D1 with a 1948 Harley-Davidson 125cc single-cylinder engine, as well as a 1959 Indian/Royal Enfield Chief with a 700cc OHV parallel-twin engine and 4-speed manual transmission.
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