This is a parade car made by MiniKars of Garden City, Kansas. This mini car was purchased in 1988 to be used in parades to promote our StrideRite shoe store in Bismarck, ND. It was used in no more than three(3) parades and then stored in our garage and used rarely to keep it useable. The fire engine can hold one adult only-no child would fit in it along with an adult.
The truck has a metal frame and a metal body. The fenders are composite with gold pin stripping. The motor is a Briggs and Stratton (5HP) and runs like new. It has an electric key start. The transmission has three(3) forward speeds and a reverse. It has a clutch and mechanical brakes that operate with foot pedals.
The seat is padded and folds up to give access to the battery (12V). The cockpit is carpeted. There is a bell in the front which can be rung (via a string) by the operator. The two red lights in the front are electrified. The clear plastic windshield is foldable in its gold metal frame. The tires are pneumatic.
We added a trailer ball to the rear so that a small trailer could be hauled (which we did for the parades and had kids in the trailer.
The downsides are these. 1. There is a small crack (1/2") on the outer edge of the left rear fender. There are no other cosmetic negatives that I can find. 2. There is painted lettering (not vinyl) on the metal hood ("Hot Shoes") and on both sides ("StrideRite Childrens Shoes"). You would probably want to have them removed to bring the car back to original.
I have the original operators manual and sales brochure. I also have the operating and maintenance manual for the B&S engine.
The car is available for pick up in Bismarck, ND. It weighs about 150 pounds and is about 7 feet in length so UPS or fedex is not an option. The most practical may to ship would be via a household moving van (at the buyers expense). We would be willing to hold the car in our garage until it can be picked up. I have set a fairly low opening price and a low reserve as I am 82 years of age and wish to sell it and let someone else enjoy it. It is a show stopper and rare.