Splurge: 1970 AMF Probe Jr.

Maybe it’s because I’ve got a birthday coming up or maybe it’s because Christmas is just around the corner, but lately I’ve been on a bit of an impulse-buying spree. No matter how hard I try to control myself, sometimes emotion just takes the wheel when it comes to purchasing decisions. In this case, quite literally. While perusing a monthly flea market this past Saturday I came across a vintage toy so unspeakably awesome only photos do it justice:


A 1970 AMF Probe Jr. three wheel pedal car! It’s the kind of thing you don’t even think about buying when you see it because you know it will be too expensive—and it was. I gave it the standard looking-it-over-like-I-could-buy-it-if-I-wanted-to pondering glance like you might do on a fun trip through the Jaguar dealer’s lot and then I walked away. Case closed. Too expensive. On my way. But…


It was so cool. So, just for fun, I pulled out my phone and started looking up comparables. My iPhone knew all the right things to say. There aren’t that many examples of this car out there and almost none in any sort of presentable original condition. Pages and pages of examples of the plentiful 1949 Murray Comet, but oh so few AMF Probes. Made from 1969 into the early 1970s, there are several versions of the Probe including some with a windshield and steering levers instead of a wheel. With incomplete examples selling for near the asking price of this fine specimen, I made my way back to the booth.


There was no haggling to be had, but I took the plunge anyway. I couldn’t resist. On my way to the car I received many great affirmations on the quality of my purchase as this little gem turned heads everywhere I went with several people even stopping me to ogle it. That’s always a good feeling when you’ve made a big purchase. Every time I see it I think about how amazing it would be to come down Christmas morning and see this with a big red bow under the tree—as a child or an adult.

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  1. Victor Van Laar
    Posted December 5, 2012 at 10:49 am | Permalink


    • Austin
      Posted December 7, 2012 at 1:16 am | Permalink

      Right?! Oh if only this was adult-sized.

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  • […] This is the Probe Jr., a pedal car made from the late 1960s to early 1970s.  I can’t imagine it’d be very stable, being so narrow and on three wheels, but crashing is just the fun of it, right?  That pressed-steel body will absorb most of the impact. […]

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