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The Best Kids Car Ever!

We’ve all seen the great little plastic electric cars sold at toy stores. Little plastic wheels with sticker gauges and hard plastic molded seats with plastic on them formed from even more plastic. Some of them are decently optioned and look the part. Others, not so much and their efforts to conceal the make and model are often comical. This car, however, hides nothing and is so wonderfully appointed that you likely would wish to travel back in time to your youth and drive it yourself.

Kids electric car cockpit
Kids electric car cockpit

Everything about this car is special. A point that becomes very clear under close inspection of the hand crafted parts. It is more work of art than toy car. You want to protect it and set it aside for special viewing in your home. More of an art piece that you talk about and point at while it shimmers under its own accent lighting. It’s so perfect! Still, I would love to risk its destruction just to see a child drive this around as I can’t imagine it being anything less than utter bliss. It even has its own tool kit, driving gloves and a leather helmet!

Kids electric car on the road
Kids electric car on the road

How the car came into existence is a story unto itself. The entire project started based on some rejected radiator shells that had been created for an Auburn pedal car that another person was restoring. So logically, this miniature Duesenberg just had to grow from that seed. Every part is either hand made or found. The gauge bezels are from both the tops of beer cans and energy drinks. There is a stunning glass marble affixed to the end of the drive selector, which works by the way, and the leather components are all hand sewn. Under the bonnet  lurks a beautiful faux engine. Every detail is present from miniature spark plugs and ignition wires to carburetors and exhaust. Pity the bonnet isn’t transparent, though it’s concealment of the engine does invite you to undo the leather strap and lift the cover to see what hides from view.

Kids electric car "engine"
Kids electric car “engine”
Kids electric car tool kit
Kids electric car tool kit

It can’t be stressed enough that this is a masterpiece and it was a wonderful opportunity to document it. It looked right at home in every location we placed it and drew the attention of anyone in the area. Young and old alike were drawn to this and it’s rather obvious why.

Front view of the kids electric car
Front view of the kids electric car

It’s currently looking for a new home as its builder is looking to work on other projects. I hope it gets used. To enjoy something like this as a child would certainly make a lasting impression that would no doubt foster a great love of the automobile. How many kids get to experience something like this? True motoring with a fully functioning electric Duesenberg that offers an engaging and tactile experience that a lot of cars for us adults don’t deliver.

The artisan behind the kids electric Duesenberg
The artisan behind the kids electric Duesenberg

For more images of this marvel, please follow this gallery link. It’s well worth the time as there is plenty more to see. Enjoy!

Concours D’Elegance at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens 2014

There is a new show in town and its first time out of the gate looked pretty impressive. The Concours D’Elegance at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens boasted beautiful grounds, elegant cars and bikes as well as some great food. This show has also filled a void, for many including myself, that was left with the departure of the Glenmoor Gathering. A show that was held at the same time of the year and had a marvelous run of 18 years. David W, Schultz, along with many others responsible for the Glenmoor Gathering, made this new event possible. Once again, they have done a sterling job picking a wonderful venue and then covering its grounds with some of the most beautiful machines you will ever see.

This first year for Stan Hywet focused on Pierce-Arrow. A company that got its start manufacturing delicate, gilded birdcages of all things. The company then added bicycles to their line followed by the automobile.

1936 Pierce-Arrow Model 1601
1936 Pierce-Arrow Model 1601

The earliest Pierce-Arrow example represented was a 1909 Model 36 producing, as you might have guessed, 36 horsepower. By the time this car was introduced by the company, they had already gained a reputation for building premier motorcars. No less than a dozen or so Pierce-Arrows were on display from 1909 through 1936. It was a very impressive array of some of their finer creations.

Sharing the grounds with Pierce-Arrow were greats like Dueseberg, Packard, Cord, Lincoln, Alfa Romeo, Allard, and Maserati. That just names a few and does not do justice to the breadth of manufacturers on display this year. I could have spent far more than the allotted time for the show examining each and every car. Nothing presented could have been considered mundane.

1922 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8
1922 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8

It was a very special event that attracted highly desirable cars along with a group of very knowledgeable judges. On hand to lead the charge in this difficult task was Chief Judge Paul F. Sable. He along with his erudite automotive team made their way through the vehicles to make the tough decisions that someone like myself would have great difficulty doing. In settings like this, I’m much like a child running from car to car easily distracted by shiny things.

I encourage all to find room in your busy schedules to attend this event. It is a brilliant location to showcase some of the finest cars man has put his hand to. I eagerly look forward to next year and well imagine it will be equally as stunning. I again will no doubt run about in an effort to take it all in while trying to look as professional as possible. Do take the time to look through my gallery of the event to see just how remarkable this year’s event was.

1931 Franklin Series 15
1931 Franklin Series 15