• Sep 7th 2010 at 2:31PM
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Harrington Group's replica Mercedes-Benz 300SL - Click above for image gallery

Want your little car nut to stand out from the neighborhood pack of wheeled terrors? Go for one of these fantastic looking half-scale classics from the Vietnam-headquartered Harrington Group, and wave goodbye to mediocre renditions of roadgoing vehicles as little Bobby (or Bobbie) cruises in style. These replicas use composite for both the body and chassis, and the detailing is good enough that they look convincingly like the real thing. Until, that is, someone steps into the picture and you get a scale reference. The company claims to have distributors in the U.S. and U.K., as well as Canada and the Netherlands.

A range of gasoline engines brings real internal combustion thunder and the sweet smell of exhaust to the party. Engines start at 50cc and can go all the way up to a terrifyingly irresponsible racing kart unit. Automatic and manual transmissions are available and there is enough room for adults to ride along with their six-year-old and up progeny. Seats and pedals adjust, too, so when Junior is asleep, you can sneak out for a spin without feeling like a circus bear riding a tricycle.

Interestingly, Harrington Group also makes restoration products for real classic cars, including stainless steel reproduction bumpers and interiors for the Volkswagen Beetle, Citroen 2CV and BMW Isetta.

Fisher Price's Power Wheels are extravagant enough that there's a healthy trade in used battery-powered backyard buggies. Harrington has yet to respond to an Autoblog request for pricing information, but these cars are likely to be significantly north of the $250-$400 you'll spend on a tricked out Power Wheels at the local big box store. Available models are Porsche 356, Mercedes-Benz 300SL, Jaguar E-Type, Willys Jeep, and Bugatti T35, along with mini scooters that ape Vespas of yore. Put one of these under the tree this (fast approaching) Christmas, and you'll see what the face of bliss looks like. Thanks for the tips, all!

[Source: Harrington Group]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I can not imagine something this small being a commercial success in the U.S. However, there have been kit cars available for quite some time, which can be made street-legal. Many of them used VW engines (approx 1600 cc) and were quite attractive. They were reasonably inexpensive in kit form, but not so fully-assembled. At the local bull-ring racetrack on Saturday night in some places, they race 5/8 scale cars (1934 Fords and the like) using Yamaha engines (1100 or 1200 cc). I believe there would be a commercially viable market for either of these if they could be sold retail at $10,000 or less.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hard to believe youth dirt bikes and atvs are being banned, but these things get imported.

      If I have the choice of my kid riding around in full gear on a pw50 or one of these mini convertibles with no protection, I'd choose the dirt bike and gear every time.
        • 5 Years Ago
        my apologies, I didn't realize the ban was based on the use of lead paint, not anything else.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Depending on top speed, it might be fun to try and get one of these legalized for street travel. :D I can't imagine it would be too tough, depending on the state you're in.

      That Jag is drop dead sexy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      low budget racing series? anyone? anyone? Bueller?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nope, there's nothing "low budget" about these things! They run $10,000. You'd spend less running a Spec Miata or a top-level Kart (which is the most exciting, purest form of motorsport for the buck).

        Still, recreating some vintage hill climbs? Priceless.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Man, those guys are huge!
        • 5 Years Ago
        The guys hair looks half as big as the car!
        • 5 Years Ago
        lol @ howdareyou, nice!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I know! When I first saw the image, I was like, "Man that dude's head is ginormous!"
      • 5 Years Ago
      That kind of blows away the Mustang pedal car I had in 1969.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That guy in the main picture totally looks like Beavis hahha
        • 5 Years Ago

        hahaha thanks =p
        • 5 Years Ago
        Butthead, actually. You still get a + and a big LOL.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I want them all, the 356 looks way good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What caught my eye was that they started with the Mercedes, an international car. Would have been interesting if the first photo was a 32 Ford.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ok, when and where is the first inagural MArio Kart real life tourney!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Call Red Bull up, they seem like the type to sponsor such a thing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess I shouldn't put off landscaping the yard any more. Time to build a mini-Silverstone or Spa.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you're based in the UK, there are 5 available before the end of the year at:

      A full brochure here:

      And a video of the cars in action here:

      Drop us a line if you would like more info,

      Pocket Classics
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