The Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum

The Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum
15 - 16 February 2013
Lot 634

1955 Eshelman Deluxe Child's Sport Car

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$6,900 USD | Sold

United States | Madison, Georgia

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SPECIFICATIONS

Manufacturer: Eshelman Motor Co.

Origin: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.

Motor: B&S 1-cyl., Model 6, 4-stroke

Displacement: 6.28 cu. in.

Power: 2 hp

Length: 4.5 ft.

Identification No. 1164

Although Cheston Eshelman’s Adult Sport Car had barely enough room for one average-size person, he developed an even smaller model for use by children. Ten inches shorter and a foot narrower than the Adult Car, the Child’s Sport Car used a smaller, two-horsepower Briggs & Stratton engine and similar drivetrain and brakes. It has the same heavy nose and tail castings, but it eliminated lights and the accompanying battery that were in the basic model. The Deluxe Child’s Car had bicycle lighting and chrome rocket side ornamentation.

To simplify and “childproof” the vehicle, the Adult Car’s accelerator pedal was replaced by a hand throttle. This Eshelman Child’s Sport Car is an early model, without cutaway side “door” openings. An original, unrestored example, it serves as the benchmark for the make. Although it shows some use and blemishes, it is exceptionally well preserved, right down to the Eshelman “Tractors – Sport Cars – Attachments” decal on the dashboard. Its attractive red and yellow paint is complemented by a black seat cushion.

Deluxe equipment includes the chrome battery-powered bicycle lights and taillights, as well as chrome side rockets. Red reflectors are installed in the traditional taillight location. Owing to its originality, this is quite possibly the most desirable Eshelman in existence.