The Eska Company, Inc.
1956 / 1957 "Kiddie Corvette" Pedal Car
As "Kiddie Corvette" owners know, the original windshields on these pedal cars rarely survive and those that do are prone to yellow, crack and deteriorate with time. Made of the highest quality materials, these precision-fabricated replacement windshields are pre-drilled and fit perfectly on the body. Makes a dramatic improvement in the appearance of an unrestored or even mint "Kiddie Corvette". Ready to install. Includes chrome surround.
"Kiddie Corvette" History
In early 1956, General Motors commissioned The Eska Company of Dubuque, Iowa to produce 1/3 scale pedal car replicas of their newly redesigned Corvette. Like the full-size Vette, the "Kiddie Corvette" featured a molded "dent proof" plastic body (a first in the pedal car industry) as well as real chrome trim, two-speed transmission and an authentic Corvette color combination of white with red interior. With some help from GM's Styling department, Eska did an amazing job of scaling down the real car's dimensions and the "Kiddie Corvette" was hailed at the time for its accurate proportions. It remains one of the most sought-after '50's era pedal cars in existence.
GM initially used these pedal-powered Vettes for promotional events such as the 1956 Chevrolet Featurama and NASCAR Speed Week Performance Trials in Daytona Beach, Florida where lucky children could participate in races for a chance to win a "Kiddie Corvette" of their own. The winner was also presented with a trophy by the late Corvette Hall of Famer Betty Skelton and NASCAR founder Bill France. The pedal cars received national attention on "The Dinah Shore Show" where they were publicized as part of the "See the USA in Your Chevrolet" contest. Sixty examples were awarded in this national contest with at least another five or six dozen shipped to Chevrolet dealers across the country. During the early spring of '56, the participating dealers held drawings, which were publicized in local newspapers or used the pedal cars as incentives for the purchase of a new Chevrolet.
From original brochure:
|Exact one-third scale replica of the famous Chevrolet Corvette - designed for three-to-eight-year olds! Super-sturdy molded plastic body won't chip, bend or dent - takes years of hard play! "Big Car" shifting fun! Goes into high and low speed with realistic Corvette shift! Pedal-driven two-speed transmission is wholly enclosed...connects to whisper-quiet nylon beveled gears! Rugged, built-to-take-it frame is heavy duty tubular steel. Ball bearings in rear axle supports increased roadability. Steering made safe and easy with special control. Finger-grip die cast steering wheel for extra driving ease.||Windshield is tough, safety-wise clear plastic with protective chrome edging! Heavy gauge metal wheels with precision ball bearings support 10 x 1.75 semi-pneumatic tires...give smooth, sports car performance. Authentically Corvette-styled in every detail - inside and out! From bucket-type seats to real chrome trim, this junior-size beauty authentically duplicates the famous Corvette sports car! Features authentic, popular Corvette colors! Gleaming impregnated white plastic with red interior duplicates a favorite color combination of actual Corvette.|