Airflow Pedal Car
1934 Steelcraft Airflow Pedal Car
1934 Steelcraft Airflow Pedal Car
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. 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.
For consignment we harken back to the days when aerodynamics, although not very well understood, certainly worked its way into the design process. Particularly on this Airflow pedal car and tag along trailer. More integrated fenders and of course the iconic curved grille and are headlight design of the original Chrysler now showing up in this mini version collectible pedal car.
All bathed in green curved metal makes up this wonderful concours quality example. Some cream accenting for the aero grille and flanking head lighting is highlighted and shaped with some red pin striping for accenting. These pinstripes are on the beltline as well as the wheel surrounds and rockers. Cream wheels with a red accenting and a central chromed moon cap along with chromed bumpers, and a split eyebrow styled windshield, and actual working head lighting make this a true collectible. Not to be outdone an aerodynamic designed rounded Mullins trailer is hitched to the back and uses a nearly matching green highlighting on black overall exterior paint. Red steel wheels with a faux wide white wall and oversized dog dish style wheel covers in chrome allow the peddler pilot to pull this trailer along easily. Barely a mark on either example of this set, it gets a 10 of 10 on the restoration and overall quality.
Faux tan leather makes up the interior bench seat and there is a chromed steering wheel which fronts an Art Deco Styled painted pin dash. The background for these white painted on gauges with gold accenting is green to match the body, and more red pin striping is noted that surrounds the dash front. Like new pedals drive the rear wheels in a slightly different configuration than the Gendron brand, but all buttoned up and not a squeak in ear shot.
This 1934 Airflow was a very popular toy in 1934 and certainly a must have on the pedal car collector display shelf, as there were many produced, and few survive. This one being massaged to concours condition is ready to be played with by the next collector, as it was thoroughly enjoyed by the current consigner who has childhood and family history stemming out of Detroit, as well as one of the largest pedal car collections in the country. This consignment also comes with a commemorative Christmas ornament from Hallmark that honors some of the more popular pedal cars of the early era of these cars. It is rare to have both and this consignment offers both!
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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.