Whether you want one for your kids, or as a display item for your office or garage, a pedal car is really neat to have around. And for many collectors, the type of 1950s-style kid-mobiles that are produced by inStep are ideal. The company, which is a division of bicycle-maker Schwinn, makes a variety of classic pedal cars, including this neat black and white police car. It has all-steel construction with rubber tires and chrome hubcaps and the adjustable pedals allow children of varying sizes to go for a spin. The police car sells for $160, but you can step up to a hot rod model with flaming paint for an extra $10, or a fire truck model for $180. See and order these and other pedal cars at www.instep.net.

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