One of only six ever made, this 1960s era “Route 66 Corvette” kiddie ride is honestly the kind of collectible you’d have as the centerpiece of a memorabilia collection.
Built by the Creative Glass Company from Oneida, Tennesse, it was made as a tribute to the TV show “Route 66,” which ran from 1960 to 1964. While meant to be a mass-produced ride, a fire at the Creative Glass production facility that destroyed the molds and ended the production run.
All six were sold to Kiddie Ride Company of London, Kentucky, where they were put into service from 1964 to 2003, almost four decades. After all that time, they were getting a bit run down.
After sitting in storage for 3 years, they were sold to Topps Restoration of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Of the six that were bought, this one ride has been lovingly restored by hand.
It features actual Corvette-matching upholstery, Corvette style spinner hubcaps, and a steering where recreated to look like an actual C1 wheel.
The body was sanded to fiberglass, then had a base, main, and clear coat applied in the same manner as an actual car repaint. This has resulted in a crystal clear mirror finish.
The mechanicals and electronics were disassembled, cleaned, refurbished to factory new where needed, and then hand-painted to match the original decals and art that featured on the ride.