A rare 1960s child’s car which is still in working was expected to sell for £5,000 at auction on Thursday.
The Austin J40 pedal car, complete with working lights, horn, and chrome trim, was built from scrap metal off-cuts from the Longbridge Austin Motor Car Factory.
The 50-year-old car was finished in Old English white paint and was lovingly restored by the previous owner, whose grandkids enjoyed playing in it.
Classic car collector William Houston bought the car just before lockdown to sit alongside its full size sister, the Austin A40.
William said: "When I saw the car, I just had to have it.
"It was in very good condition but I did some additional restoration work to bring it back to showroom condition.
"Over the past few years, I have displayed it alongside my A40 at a number of shows.
"It has certainly attracted a lot of interest from collectors and kids alike.
"My grandkids just love it and I have let them sit in it a few times, but it so rare now that I can’t let them go racing.
"My wife and I thought the best thing was to take it out of temptation’s way and put it up for auction."