An anonymous chap (why anonymous? would love to know who requested this) sent me a message asking for a post about these. Since I knew nothing about them, here it is, and I find these to have quite a fascinating story behind!
Austin pedal cars were made in the specially constructed Austin Junior Car Factory at Bargoed in South Wales, which opened on 5 July 1949. It was paid for by Government funds and was run on a not-for-profit basis and purely for the employment of disabled coal miners suffering from the lung disease, pneumoconiosis. They were re-trained and benefited from in-house medical care.
The cars (..) were made from scrap off-cuts of metal from the Longbridge Austin Motor Car Factory and were built and painted the same way and with the same expertise as the motor cars themselves. (…)
A total of 32,098 Austin J40s were made until production ceased in September 1971.
If you’re looking for more details about these, which you should, there’s the full story over here.
They look quite astonishing to be honest, I wouldn’t want to scratch the paint on these, oh no.