1956 Electric Star Chief Kids Car, For the Junior Hoon With Impeccable Taste

…and wealthy parents, given that the the bidding’s up to  $1750. Kids cars based on real models were pretty common promotional items back in the day, but like most promo materials (or things given to kids), they tended not to last long.

This one’s in pretty rough shape, but it’s about as simple a device as you could get. The in the shots with the body removed, you can see the frame, rack and pinion and electric motor…and that’s about it. It’d take all of 15 minutes to drop in a new set of Optimas and a beefy DC motor. That, or you could go the purist route and clean up the original motor. Then there’s door number 3, which involves the bike motor of your choosing and extra coverage on your life insurance.

Auction ends in2 hours! on eBay Motors

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  1. I always wanted a power wheels growing up, But instead I got a Trans Am pedal car (I was too big for power wheels). Buying this would make up for the lack of power wheels.

    1. I wanted a power wheels, too, and I got one. But my parents got me the three-wheeler, instead of the Jeep I really wanted.
      Even at three years old, I was a car snob.

  2. This thing might fall apart at the mere mention of 'Busa. A nice side shaft edger motor would do a nice job at moving this thing, and it'd still be reasonably safe for a kiddo. That and a paint job would make this thing rock!

  3. These are great. One of my most cherished childhood photos is me sitting in a dealer promotional Corvette Stingray pedal car that my Dad acquired (he was a Chevy salesman in the late '60s). I'm not sure how he came by it, since it was already several years old by the time it came to us.

      1. I really wish the family had kept the cars from those days. My fist real car memory is of my standing in the front yard looking at the cars in the carport and narrow driveway of our modest home – Dad's split window Corvette, Mom's RS/SS Camaro and Grandma's Chevelle SS convertible. Even at 3, I had to have known how awesome that collection was.

  4. I will take door number 3. Yes, the S1000RR motor in the Chief please. Oh, my boy'll love it! We plan on taking it to the dragstrip. Oh, I am sure sonny here will smoke anybody in his age group, what with the 20:1 HP to weight ratio and all.

  5. After 23 bids, the thing went for $2,368.87. Wow! It's basically like the Pontiac that Lucy & Ricky and Fred & Ethel drove to California on "I Love Lucy".
    On a related note, a couple of years ago, a friend of mine bought a cherry Monza Jr., built by Rupp. Like this one:
    http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/clt/1737610350.ht
    I got to drive it at a club get-together, and it was a blast. When I was a kid, they were given away in a drawing each year, at the State Fair of Texas. I was never able to win one, so getting to drive it as a grown-up was the next best thing. Once the thing gets going, it really flies (or at least it seems to, since you're basically sitting on the ground).

  6. The caviar and concours-loving world was rocked this past Saturday night when Zagato dropped its Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa bomb. Seriously y’all, this sucker’s so stunning that we don’t even mind the childish graphics. In fact, our only gripe is that we weren’t in attendance at the this weekend’s 2010 Villa D’Este Concours so we could check out the tube-framed, almost Kamm-tailed TZ3 ourselves. Meaning we have no real gripes to speak of.

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