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1949 Austin Pathfinder pedal car – £2800 at David Duggleby.

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The Austin Pathfinder racing car model was produced during 1949 at the governmentfunded Junior Austin factory which the carmaker established at Bargoed to employ disabled Welsh miners.

These high-quality toys appear from time to time – specialist auto auctioneers H&H Classics (12.5% buyer’s premium) sold one in excellent condition for £4400 at Burghley House, Lincolnshire, in June 2015.

At £25 new (about £650 today), the cars were never cheap, but have more than held their value. The Scarborough racer was rated at £2000-2500 and sold at £2800.