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RELIABLE CABRIO VW PEDAL CAR

The company that became the Reliable Toy Company was founded in 1920, with the original name of the Canadian Statuary and Novelty Company. In the beginning, they made plush toys, dolls and small novelties in Toronto, Ontario. The original partnership was dissolved in 1922, establishing a new company under the name Reliable Toy Company.

Reliable got a head start in the plastic industry, especially in the manufacture of plastic dolls, and led the field for years, partly due to their experience with the technology of injection moulding to create small plastic items for the Canadian government during the war. Reliable used scraps left over from making plastic bullet tips and oil bottles for guns for the Canadian Armed Forces to make the first Canadian plastic toys in the early 1940s.

The RELIABLE VW Cabrio is a pedal car made with a colored plastic body. Since the body is plastic, there are more defined details such as the bumble bee wing on the front hood, door seams, rear deck lid and two sets of 5 horizontal air louvers. The headlights, taillights and front turn signals are part of the body mold. There is a black plastic section representing a folded down roof with cover attached behind the plastic seat section. The sitting area of the body is about 200mm X 300mm and the length of the car is 980mm, 380mm wide or about 1/4.2 scale. There is a plastic frame for the windshield that also has side vent windows and a VW front hood emblem.

The two front pedals with long metal bars are connected to and are the drive for the rear wheels. The wheel rims and hub caps are made of plastic. The black tires are also made of plastic as well. A three spoke steering wheel turns the front wheels. Front and rear bumpers with guards are part of the plastic body mold.

 

Additional Info

  • Manufacturer: RELIABLE
  • Scale: 1/4.2
  • Length: 960mm
  • Production Era: 1960S
  • Country: Canada
  • Materials: Plastic
  • Color: Ivory, Red, Tan
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