A Collection of Perfectly Restored Pedal Cars


These delightful, human-powered diversions were restored to museum quality by pedal car expert Bruce Callis and are sure to appeal to collectors of all ages.

With assistance from his grandson, Michael Ready, Callis disassembled, cleaned, and repaired nearly every pedal car they could find and acquire. The duo researched original retail catalogs for each pedal car to make their restorations as accurate as possible. For more detailed work, Callis hired skilled craftsmen to perform the body-work, sand-blasting, painting, and chrome plating necessary to make the pedal cars look like they were fresh out of their original packaging.

Displayed for two years at the McLean County Museum of History in Bloomington, Illinois, the Callis collection is impressive not only for its variety but its depth. Though the majority of the collection was completely restored, Callis and Ready left some examples unrestored for comparison. The unrestored pedal cars emphasize how uncommon it is to find pristine playthings of any kind. “People have to remember, toys were meant to be played with. Finding them in as-new condition is rare, if not impossible. Part of the interest in collecting toys is recreating that moment from childhood that you either had or wish you had—the joy of receiving a new toy.” With the variety of cars, trucks, boats, and even airplanes on offer, this encyclopedic collection is certain to bring out the kid in any collector:

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