Founded in 1949 by Heinz Kettler, Kettler is a German manufacturer of riding toys, exercise equipment and garden furniture. Originally, Kettler just produced high quality garden furniture but expanded business with the production of a pedal-vehicle.
Launched in 1962, the iconic Kettcar was Kettler’s first pedal-vehicle. Similar to a bicycle, the pedals turn the wheels over a chain. Kettler made many different models of the Kettcar and sold more than 15 million of them worldwide. In Germany, the word Kettcar has become a synonym for four wheeled pedal cars in general. In 2005 Heinz’ daughter Karin took over and to this day Kettler is still a family-owned business.
Pictured below is an early Kettcar: