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Shelby GT350 popular with juniors

The Hummer may be the biggest, most-aggressive looking car at this year's motor show, but one that is significantly smaller; and doesn't even have an engine; is getting the kids' votes.

This miniature 1965 Shelby GT350 pedal car weighs just 9.5kg and is 99cm long, 46cm high and 40cm wide.

It will find a new owner next Sunday, the last day of the show, when it goes up for auction alongside 32 much bigger, and more expensive, classic vehicles.

Shannons Insurance spokesman Damien Duigan said the pedal car was expected to fetch between $600 and $1000.

“It's probably going to be bought by a dad who's right into Shelby Mustangs and looking for a little one for their son or daughter to run around in,” he said.

Nicholas Ode, 1, from Lane Cove, was the first youngster to take the miniature Shelby for a test drive Nicholas may not have been able to verbally give his opinion, but judging by his delighted reaction it's a sure winner.

As if its cute looks weren't enough, the pedal car is officially licensed and signed by legendary US car engineer Carroll Shelby.

But if the toy version doesn't cut it, the real thing is also up for grabs.

A 1967 Shelby Mustang GT350 fastback is expected to fetch between $200,000 and $240,000 at auction.

The car was restored in the US before making its way to Australia this year.

More than 500 cars from 40-odd manufacturers are on display at the show.

They include about 50 new models for car enthusiasts to enjoy, and the children can be kept entertained this Saturday, Family Day.

Show spokesman Mark Mathot said there would be plenty of activities to keep kids entertained during the day.

The show is on until October 21.

Australian International Motor Show

  • Where: Exhibition and Convention Centre, Darling Harbour
  • Hours: weekdays 10am-10pm, Saturday 9am-10pm & Sunday 9am-7pm
  • Tickets: Adults $17, children and seniors$11.50