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ATCO Junior Safetyfirst Trainer

On Display

This innovative little car was manufactured by ATCO, better known as a maker of lawnmowers. The ATCO Junior was designed to give school children basic training in car handling and road sense. It was accompanied by a comprehensive 68 page training manual which explained the controls and mechanics of the car and how to drive in traffic. Power is from a 1hp Villiers engine. All controls are the same as a full size car, apart from the gearbox which has a single gear in each direction.

The 1930s saw a move towards greater awareness of road safety and the need for proper training. The Highway Code had been introduced in 1931 and driving tests became compulsory from 1935. The ATCO Trainer was part of a package for schools that included instruction in basic maintenance and driving on a miniature road system.

Year1939
CountryBritish
Capacity98cc
Cylinders1
ValvesNot applicable
OutputNot known
Performance10mph
Price new£35
ManufacturerCharles H. Pugh Ltd
Loaned byPrivate Collection

 

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