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Facts and information about the 1965 Mustang Pedal Car

Facts and information about the 1965 Mustang Pedal Car

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Immediately following the release of the world famous 1965 Ford Mustang from Ford Motor Company, the first 1965 Mustang Pedal Car manufactured by AMF was introduced to the public. The original AMF pedal cars were sold from 1965 through 1970, ultimately these pedal toy sized Mustangs became as popular as their full size counter parts. During the early 70's AMF sold off the tooling and production of the much desired Mustang Pedal Car ceased.

     
Fast forward to 2004, Mark Luzaich owner of Warehouse 36 finds the original AMF tooling used to manufacture the '65 Mustang pedal car and purchases it. After obtaining licensing rights from Ford Motor Company, and using the original AMF tooling, Warehouse 36 began producing near exact replicas of the 1965 AMF Mustang Pedal Car, today's difference being the new "Child Safe" powder coat finish. Today these original AMF pedal cars are as popular with children and adults as much as they were 40 years ago, making these incredible pedal toys an original American Classic.

     
Produced by Warehouse 36 and made in China using the original AMF tooling, these new 1965 Mustang Pedal Cars are the real thing. Not copies, these classic toys are original AMF Mustang Pedal Cars.

     
3 styles of the Mustang pedal car are currently available to the public, to see more information, photos and where to purchase one of these cool pedal cars, click on any of the following links:

Red, 1965 Mustang Pedal Car, a Ford licensed product.

Blue, 1965 Mustang Pedal Car, a Ford licensed product.

Below, from Ford Media, more details and facts about the 1965 Mustang Pedal Car.

The Return Of The Mustang Pedal Car

By: Michael Collins | Ford Communications Network

      It wasn't long after Henry Ford began mass-producing Model T's at the turn of the century that kids took to sidewalks in miniature pedal cars. The steel covered toys remained high on children's wish-lists until the 70's when the company stopped producing them.

Just as the 1965 Mustang was a runaway hit, so was its counterpart pedal car, selling over 93,000 units by Christmas of its first year in production. Four decades later, the pedal-car with the Mustang logo is back and demand extends beyond kids, to their parents and grand-parents as well, some of whom may have owned an original.

      "That Mustang became one of the hottest pedal cars of all time," said Mark Bentley, Ford licensing manager "At first they were simply toys, but now adults see them as collectables. It's a nostalgia thing."

      Created as a promotion, Mustang Pedal Cars sold in Ford dealerships across the United States for a discount price of $12.95. But plastic gained ground over metal as a material for toys in ensuing years and the Mustang's initial pedal car manufacturer AMF-the same company that makes bowling equipment-sold the tooling to a Mexican company. In the early 80's that company closed, leaving the original equipment in a warehouse, where it remained untouched for nearly 20 years.

      Enter Mark Luzaich in 2004. As the owner of Warehouse 36, a small company in Windsor California, Luzaich started importing and producing pedal cars as collectables. Hearing about the original equipment, he flew to Mexico, bought it, and prepared to produce the original Mustang Pedal Car once again. Despite modifications for contemporary safety standards, it would be exactly the same with all-steel construction, adjustable rubber pedals, a clear windshield and authentic Mustang markings.

      The biggest difference from the original pedal car is the price. While Ford dealerships sold them at a discount, in stores, they retailed for $25. But just as the cost of the Mustang has increased ten-fold over the last 40 years, so too has the price of the pedal car which now retails for around $250.

      "The nice thing is that they're made out of steel, so when kids outgrow them their parents can save them for the grandkids," said Luzaich.

Luzaich contacted the Ford Licensing Office for permission to market the toy as the original Mustang Pedal Car. "We were excited when they approached us, it was like finding a piece of history and bringing it back to life," said Bentley. "Like the Mustang itself, the pedal car has always been considered an icon," but the Mustang wasn't the only icon Luzaich wanted to license. Having learned the ropes of the pedal car business, he wanted to try something that hadn't been seen before. Working with toy designer, Graham Metcalfe, they created a 1932 Ford Roadster pedal car based on the lines of what had become known as the original "Deuce Coupe."

      "The 32 Roadster is the quintessential hot rod," said Metcalfe. "We worked very hard to make sure the grill and other markings were just right. We wanted it to be very retro."

      Read more about the "32 Ford Roadster pedal car line manufactured by Warehouse 36:

1932 Ford Roadster Pedal Car, Information & Resources.
      Metcalfe says not only are a growing number of pedal cars being sold to car enthusiasts and their kids, there's also a growing market for hot rod shops. Hot rod designers are modifying them to look like miniature versions of their vehicles.

     Leslie Kendall, a curator at the Petersen Auto Museum in Los Angeles, says he is not surprised by the rebirth and growing interest in pedal cars. 

"People are just as nostalgic about pedal cars as they are the real thing because they bring back fond memories," he said. "Besides, they're easier to maintain, don't require oil changes, and they're decorative."

Sources: Ford Motor Company, Warehouse 36

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