Austin J40 Pedal Car

Austin J40A few years ago, the museum volunteers at Worcestershire County Museum restored an Austin J40 Pedal Car and added it to the museum display.

Austin J40s were made in the 1950s in South Wales at a factory established to provide rehabilitation and employment for disabled coal miners. The cars were made from scrap off-cuttings from cars built at the Longbridge plant and although they were toys they had working headlights, Dunlop tyres, an opening bonnet and boot and leather seating.

They sold for the grand sum of £27 – around 3 weeks wages at the time!

If you are interested in volunteering at a Worcestershire museum, you can find lots of available opportunities on the Worcestershire Cultural Volunteering website.


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