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Kidillac

It all started with the Garton Toy Company in 1887.  Thats when their first catalog came out featuring the new Pony Express wagon with iron wheels , not wood.  After that, they made stick horses, willow carriages, toy cradles and even a wagon that could be pulled.  They had a massive fire in 1890, I guess the smoke stack caught a toy on fire and burned the entire plant. They rebuilt and hired 150 employees( with a new state of the art sprinkler system.). For the next 50 years, they introduced something new annually. The first big hit was an iron velocipede, kinda like a tricycle. In 1915, they introduced a new sled and then on to a wagon, a revision of the old one, but they continued to replace old wooden toys with steel. Soon after 1915, they began pedal cars.  They range from deluxe models like the pierce arrow to more basic ones like buick,( which i'd take any day of the week.)

The most distinctive toy in this companies history by far was the 1950 Garton Kidillac.  These were one of the most purchased toys in america.  And think about this... Most pedal cars back then cost about $19.95, costly at that time right?  Guess how much the Kidillac cost..??  $49.00..!!  If you had a Kidillac, your folks had some money. or maybe grandma..  well more money than the kid with that buick I talked about anyways.  The Kidillac had a chain drive, working headlights and working taillights and a continental kit.  It also had a radio antenna and a rear view mirror.

The Kidillac was formed from a single piece of steel and it took two workers to pry it off the stamping press, because of the undercuts.  The factory had to remove a section of the roof, to install the 3 story press, that punched out the Kidillac's body.

Garton Toy Company began it's down turn, when plastics were introduced to the toy industry and also increased government regulations.  They stopped in 1973 and the building is now an apartment complex.  ....

. The building that made the best Pedal Car ever.... The Garton's Kidillac Pedal Car.

http://antiquerestoration.doodlekit.com/blog/entry/3979672/history-...

 

https://npgallery.nps.gov/NRHP/GetAsset/NRHP/00000493_text

 

This was seen at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC

https://www.si.edu/

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1911 POPE-HARTFORD
PORTOLA ROADSTER

 

It is believed the body is a reconstruction of the original, built atop a genuine Portola engine and chassis. After its time with Dick

King, the Pope-Hartford was

passed to another brass-era enthusiast who continued to show and enjoy the car. Still appearing fresh and impeccably detailed, the black bodywork is finished to concours quality standards, with outstanding paintwork on the

chassis and body components.

The wooden cowl boards are exquisitely finished, like fine

antique furniture. The frame-

mounted fuel tanks and gloss

black patent-leather skirts

between the body and running

boards help give the Pope its low-slung appearance, despite those massive 36” wheels. Accessories include Pope-Hartford branded

Gray & Davis headlamps, Gray & Davis cowl lamps and numerous beautifully restored brass fittings. Instrumentation is via a Warner speedometer and clock, while a separate gauge monitors fuel pressure, which is boosted via a

hand pump between the seats. Running boards and floors are finished in period appropriate

linoleum panels, and the seats

are beautifully trimmed in black leather showing virtually no signs

of use since the restoration was completed in 2011. The sale will include both the jump-seat rear

deck as well as the spare-wheel carrier, which can be changed

over for the full road-racer effect.

     

Offered for $650,000

full and partial trades

considered

Hyman Ltd. Classic Cars, 2310 Chaffee Dr, St. Louis, MO.

314 524-6000

www.HymanLtd.com

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