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Amusement Park Patton Tank Kiddie Ride

March 3rd, 2009 · 5 Comments

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We had restored this piece years ago for a client and it turned out fantastic. So when he offered to trade it back to us for some other items I jumped at the chance and now it sits in the Retroplanet.com world headquarters.

Restored Kiddie Ride Tank

The tank was one of the cars in an amusement park ride for kids that went round and round and is most likely from the 1950’s. It sat five children and they all had their own noise making crank machine guns. Safe to say in this politically correct world of today they are not making many kiddie tank amusement rides with guns. One amazing thing about this piece was when we went to restore it we found it 100% complete. None of the chrome accents or trim pieces or even the name tag were missing which was surprising considering all the years of use and that there is so much of it.

Patton Kiddie Tank Before Restoration

Tank Before Restoring Sideview

We changed the paint scheme when we restored it but it was a pretty straightforward restoration. Take apart, sandblast, bodywork, clean or send out accent pieces for chrome, recover the seats, paint and then put it back together.

Inside of Kiddie Tank Unrestored

The real time consuming part was hand painting all of the camouflage after the base color of paint was laid down but I think all that time was worth it. Hope you like it.

Amusement Ride Tank Restored

Back of Patton Kiddie Tank Ride

View the video of this restored Patton Tank Kiddie Ride

This item is not for sale. We show restored items in this blog to encourage discussion, prompt questions and further the hobby of collecting and restoration. We also enjoy sharing the photos of the many items we have restored over the years.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 barbara ansaldi // Aug 3, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    hello i’m writing fron Chile southamèrica…….and i have a kid crazy for the tanks and he want one for christmas day and maybe you know where i could to buy one like that are absolutly wonderfull…please any informatiòns will be good.
    thank you very much

  • 2 vintagevending // Aug 4, 2009 at 10:41 am


    Try looking on ebay or Craig’s List. They are great resources for finding items like this tank.

  • 3 dee // Oct 6, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    we love it

  • 4 Wim // Oct 24, 2009 at 9:44 am


    This tank is from l’ Autopede and was made in Belgium. Here in Belgium there are still easy to find. But the problem would be shipping them.


  • 5 Piet Winkelmolen // Jan 10, 2010 at 4:45 pm


    If you try to find a tank like this. look at the Duch side
    Marktplaat.nl and then look for autopede, the buider of the tank. The tankls are all from 1949/1955 and mostly in a very good shape.
    It will cost you between 500 and 1.000 Euro, plus shipping.

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