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Pick of the Day: 1941 pedal car has undergone restoration

Child-powered Chrysler C535 presented in concours condition


An asking price of $6,500 for the Pick of the Day might seem enticing, but consider that this Pick isn’t a motorized vehicle but a 1941 Chrysler C535 Pedal Car being advertised for sale on ClassicCars.com by a collector car dealership in Morgantown, Pennsylvania.

Also consider that such a price isn’t really all that unusual for such vehicles, especially those which, like this one, have been restored to what might be considered concours condition.

“Steelcraft toys were made by Murray Ohio Manufacturing Co., a Cleveland firm that opened in 1919 to make parts for that recent invention, the automobile,” the dealership reports in its advertisement. 

“By 1923, Murray also was making toy cars using the steel and production methods it used to manufacture full-size car parts. The toys were marketed as Steelcraft Wheel Goods. This diversity helped Murray survive the Depression. The company’s pedal cars, airplanes, coaster wagons, bicycles and smaller wheeled toys were marked ‘Steelcraft,’ the identification seen by today’s collector.”

The dealership is handling this sale as a consignment and adds that the pedal car has been “professionally restored to day-one grandeur. Lots of chrome and complemented by an automotive-grade paint finish. A true classic in miniature form, and imagine the look on your kids face when they realize they need to pedal it to make it go! (Didn’t even go there!!)”

The exterior is “Bathed in automotive grade paint in two-tone color scheme of cream for the main body and accenting brown fenders and grille highlights. A chromed rounded windshield surround is in top as are speeding Art Deco-styled freight-train headlights on top of each front fender. 

“Chromed bumpers for the front and rear, and shiny moon center caps are in a field of brown round ribbed wheels with a white painted suede wall solid rubber tires. Also, a fine Art Deco airplane styled ornament is flying forward on top of the hood.

“A brown padded vinyl seat in bench form is inside of an otherwise crème-painted metal interior. The seat has tuck and roll for the back, which curves around and also covers the door panels. 

“Of course, the pedals are inside as well as a long-column chromed round steering wheel. Underneath is all rust free and fully restored.”

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. I remember fondly my peddle cars and last one was a beautiful red formula one car that in let sixties had lights horn and engine sound all battery operated. I still remember how sad was I when I couldn’t fit in it anymore…

    Dad God rest Your soul and may we meet in heaven


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