The Murray Ohio Manufacturing Company manufactured and sold bicycles, pedal cars, automobile parts, and lawn and garden equipment between 1919 and 2005. The company was founded in 1919 in Cleveland, Ohio, to manufacture automobile parts. Murray began producing bicycles and pedal cars in the 1930s.Continue Reading
Murray moved its bicycle factory from Cleveland to Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, in the 1950s. Murray ceased all production of U.S.-made bicycles in 1999. Pacific Cycle, a U.S. distributor, acquired Murray in 2000 and applied the Murray brand to bicycles imported to the U.S. from China and Taiwan. The Lawrenceburg factory continued producing lawn equipment until 2005, when the factory closed on September 30.
Antique collectors still buy and sell Murray pedal cars produced during the middle of the 20th century. Pedal cars are a kind of children's toy consisting of a miniature model car frame and four wheels powered by pedals similar to bicycle pedals. Many Murray pedal cars were designed after real automobile models, such as the Tee-Bird pedal car Murray produced in the 1960s. Other models were designed to look like boats, tractors, planes or rockets. In 2015, a restored Murray 1950s Super Sonic Jet pedal car sold for $10,350.Learn more about Toys