Hank Davis and his wife Debbie have been collecting for over 40 years and are the owners of Hank’s Garage in Bucyrus, Ohio. Hank is a collector, historian, junker, picker and vintage lover. He’s been collecting pedal cars since 1979, when he bought a little blue Murray Champion at a local auction, and from that point he was hooked. Hank’s Garage is best known for housing the world’s largest running, driving Edsel collection, and also for a vast collection of signs, gas memorabilia, soda collectibles and vintage toys – specifically, pressed-steel and wheel-goods toys, including wagons and pedal cars. Hank’s Garage has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Antique Automobile magazine and several newspapers. Follow Hank’s Garage on Facebook.
Some of Hank Davis' columns:
The "Fat Fender" and "Art Deco" Era
Issue #18 Sep/Oct 2021
A few weeks ago, we hosted a group of visitors at Hank’s Garage to view a collection of 14 Edsels and many rare items associated with the marque. This visit took an unexpected turn when, at some point in the tour, the discussion went from Edsels to pedal cars. I think it started when a woman asked, out the blue, “When did they start making toy pedal cars, anyway?” She was shocked, as was the entire group, when I answered “Around 1900.” In fact, wheel-goods toy companies began producing pedal cars almost as soon as manufacturers started producing automobiles.