The Vintage Pedal car – the earliest environmentally-friendly car!
There are different schools of thought regarding the “vintage” designation for cars. Some people think the end of world War I defined the end of the vintage era while the British insist 1930 was the year up to which a vintage car could be built. On the other hand, Americans prefer 1925 since it is the pre-classic car period as defined by the Classic Car Club of America. Some consider the start of World War II to be the end of the vintage period.
A Vintage Pedal car is powered by the feet and legs of the rider which is why they are the earliest environmentally-friendly cars. The late 1800s brought a two-seater horse and buggy version of Pedal cars, complete with functional pedals and a set of reigns to steer the horse. In 1930, an enclosed bicycle called the Velocar was invented in France, as the first human-powered car for human transportation.
A pedal car is a quadracycle. The Mochet Velocar seems to be the earliest example. Though originally designed for adult transportation, they were more popular with children and for adult recreation. A vintage Pedal car was usually built for racing. A “Surrey” is a four-wheeled, canopy-covered quadracycle, usually rented to vacationing adults. A racing Pedal Car is a four wheeled human powered single seater sports car used in Pedal Car Racing. Pedal Car Racing is a circuit racing endurance sport where teams of up to six drivers race single-seater human powered sports cars in races of up to twenty-four hours duration.
In Original Condition
The design of a vintage Pedal car was not limited to an automobile body, here are some other examples:
- Tractors and dump trucks for a farmer or a construction worker
- Fire trucks
- A helicopter-style vintage pedal car
- Tugboats, speed boats and cruise ships made into pedal cars
Vintage Pedal cars are very popular with antique collectors and sports enthusiasts Whether it is a vintage pedal car, retro or modern, a pedal car stirs childhood memories and nostalgia.
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Author: Meshaal McLean