Only produced in 1949, this car was based on the Austin Jamieson OHV racing car. This picture is of H. L Hadley winning the five lap handicap in the coronation trophy.
Around the time of the second world war
The prototype was known as Joy 3. Notice the exhaust pipe. There were some subtle differences with this car to the production one. Incidentally this particular prototype is still in existence today.
The sales brochure said "The Pathfinder Special is a model to delight the heart of every boy. Safe, comfortable and easily handled this little car will be a treasure for many happy years".
Interestingly enough the sales brochure shows a Pathfinder with white tyres.
Mechanically the car was much the same as the J40.
The Pathfinder does not have working lights and horn, although it does have a horn button in the steering wheel.
The chassis number for the Pathfinder can be found stamped into the integral seat base.
The Pathfinder was only originally painted in ether Cream with red trim and red grille and wheels or Red for the body with a tan trim, the wheels either silver or white.
The running gear was always finished in black.
The car itself was the same length as the J40 but had an half inch less on its width.
It was higher at its highest point but weighed alot less.
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHTS:
LENGTH: 5 ft. 3 in. (1.60m.)
WIDTH: 2 ft. 3 (.68m.)
HEIGHT: 2 ft. 2 1/2 in. (.67m.)
WEIGHT: 74 1/2 lbs. (34 kgs.)