As you can see from the cartoon above, the idea of combining a horse and a tricycle to create a mechanical beast was a wish from the earliest days of the bicycle. By the 1930s, mechanical contraptions made the news. ‘Mechanical Willie’, below, appeared in Popular Science magazine in August, 1934.
The ‘horse of steel’ was illustrated in the same periodical in April, 1933.
The world was obviously ready for a viable mechanical horse tricycle, and the Canterpony, which made its debut in 1937, did not disappoint. It cantered, galloped, and turned with ease, and was announced as…
‘THE MECHANICAL HORSE WITH THE LIVE HORSE ACTION’
1949 Canterpony Mechanical Horse Tricycle
Manufactured by Deeks Engineering Corporation
1949 CANTERPONY MECHANICAL HORSE v 1920s ROLLS RACER CIRCUS TRIKE