Bandai toys from Japan created a classic tin toy for the ages – the 1950s Space Patrol Super Cycle.
This friction powered futuristic cycle zips forward while the front fender mounted radar antenna rotates…
…and sparks emit from the gel over the back tire lighting up the red exhaust. Check out those rear fins too.
This particular Space Patrol Cycle includes the original hard rubber spaceman driver – he’s a bit cracked but he’s a rare find in any condition. He’s missing his clear plastic dome helmet – but seems to be doing fine without it.
The Super Cycle also has a working compass mounted between the handlebars – this pic gives a look at the some of the neat litho art too. All very cool.
On 30 May 2015 Morphy Auctions had this little beauty up for bids. Its estimated value was between $12,000 – $18,000. When all was said and done the final winning bid (with buyer’s premium) came to the lovely amount of $17,500.
A person could have purchased a human sized cycle for that chunk-o’-change. But then it wouldn’t be a 1950s Bandai Space Patrol Super Cycle now would it.
(images via LiveAuctioneers)