A Murray Tricycle is one of the most famous and sought after tricycles when it comes to the world of vintage bicycles and tricycles. Although they’re readily available through auction sites such as eBay, these tricycles still fetch a great price in mint condition, they’re so much fun to add to a collection, and they are such a nostalgic piece, particularly for older generations.

During its heyday in the 1950s and 60s, a Murray tricycle was the coolest way to get around. But the company itself was founded decades earlier in the 20th century. Then it was mostly a car parts company. However in the 1920s, its management decided to focus on making tricycles. Being a pioneer in this field, Murray used a two-step design process that was a first in the 1960s. One of the Murray tricycle hallmarks, besides the solid build quality, was the curved handlebars.

It didn’t take long for Murray to make a name for itself as a reputed manufacturer of tricycles after switching from making toy cars. Demand for their products forced them to quit their initial setup in Cleveland and open a bigger operation in Tennessee. Up until today Murray is trusted by many parents looking for safe trikes which their kids can learn to ride easily. Here are some of the models you can find today:

History

Murray tricycle

The Murray Company was originally founded as the Murray Ohio Manufacturing Company. It was founded in the early 1900s in Cleveland, Ohio, and began making tricycles in 1923.

The company was originally founded to supply parts such as fenders, gas tanks, and hoods for the American automobile industry. In 1923, the Murray Company started to include a line of children’s toy cars that eventually became an American icon.

After such great success in the toy industry, Murray manufactured toy automobiles and airplanes for children, both of which were foot-propelled, as well as steel coaster wagons. It also produced the company’s first bicycle, the Mercury. With these successes came the production of Murray’s first tricycle.

The Murray tricycle was a huge success, requiring the company to relocate from Ohio to a much bigger manufacturing facility in Tennessee. Over the next several decades, this factory grew to be one of the biggest in the United States, and still is today.

In 1960 Murray was the first company to introduce the rear two-step design for tricycles. It’s an easy way to determine whether a tricycle was made before or after 1960.

In the 1970s Murray came out with a new tricycle they called the Big Mack. It had one thick tube that acted as the head tube and was the make up of the main frame. Murray made many variations of this tricycle style.

Did you know…?

Did you know that one distinguishing feature of a Murray tricycle is a horseshoe-shaped set of handlebars? These handlebars are much easier for children to steer than traditional straight handlebars. Thus, if you’d like to teach your child to ride a tricycle, a Murray tricycle is a fantastic choice.

Buying a Vintage Murray Tricycle

Many Murray vintage tricycles can be very valuable, but it’s important to know if you’re getting an official Murray or a replica. Many Murray tricycles have hubcaps with a letter “M” stamped inside a circle. This is a great way to determine on an otherwise unmarked tricycle whether it’s a Murray or not.

There are a lot of Murray vintage Tricycles on the market because they were so popular and plentiful. Some of these tricycles date back as far as the 1930s. These bicycles range in price from around $75.00 up to over $200.00 depending upon the type, year, and condition of the tricycle. For more information, see the following link:

Conclusion

The Murray Company is still in production today, although they produce different types of farm equipment, not so many tricycles. Many parents remember owning Murray tricycles, and they want to pass that pleasure down to their children. Fortunately, Murray’s tricycles were built so well, and they’re so sturdy, this is possible in many situations. For those that have never owned a Murray tricycle, it’s definitely a vintage purchase to consider.

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Comments

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  1. I am looking for murray tricycle tires the front wheel is a 9 in. rim and the back two are 5 ‘ rims. Would you have any or know where I can get some. THanks.

    • Hi there
      Is it possible for you to upload an image or two of your vintage tricycle?
      It will be published on this website so that other visitors would be able to comment on your question.
      Thank you, David

    • Hi there
      Is it possible for you to upload an image or two of your vintage tricycle?
      It will be published on this website so that other visitors would be able to comment on your question.
      Thank you, David

  2. My vintage Murray has rear wheels that were rubber over a stick wrapped around the metal rim. Was this a common practice?

    Can I upload a pic?

    Thank you

    • Hi there
      Is it possible for you to upload an image or two of your vintage tricycle?
      It will be published on this website so that other visitors would be able to comment on your question.
      Thank you, David

  3. Does anyone know exactly how to detemine the age of my tricycle. It has the 1960s headbadge. Need to find out for color for restoration

    • Hi there
      Is it possible for you to upload an image or two of your vintage tricycle?
      It will be published on this website so that other visitors would be able to comment on your question.
      Thank you, David

  4. i have a murray chome fender 60;s trike what size are the rear tires suppose to be and what model is it also where can i get these tires and grips thanks

    • Hi there
      Is it possible for you to upload an image or two of your vintage tricycle?
      It will be published on this website so that other visitors would be able to comment on your question.
      Thank you, David

  5. Have a Murray chain driven trike approx 45 Years old that I need pedals.

    Plastic Pedals are broken but appear to be about 2 3/4″ long with 7/16″ sleeve

    • Hi there
      Is it possible for you to upload an image or two of your vintage tricycle?
      It will be published on this website so that other visitors would be able to comment on your question.
      Thank you, David

  6. I have a Murray trike that has a side seat for an extra passenger. I am trying to get some info on this trike as to year and model. Appreciate your help!

    • Hi there
      Is it possible for you to upload an image or two of your vintage tricycle?
      It will be published on this website so that other visitors would be able to comment on your question.
      Thank you, David

  7. Hello I have a 1950 era mercury that I cant seem to find the proper logo to go on the front. Is there any way you could point me in the right direction. The tricycle has the single step in the back with one solid bar going down to the step. On the front it has a fancy chrome piece that is stamped connected to a set of shaped bars that curve down and connect to the front wheels and connect at the pedals.

    • Hi there
      Is it possible for you to upload an image or two of your vintage tricycle?
      It will be published on this website so that other visitors would be able to comment on your question.
      Thank you, David

    • Just happened across this tricycle website. Your Mercury tricycle dates to 1937, give or take a year. This is based on a 1937 catalog page shown in the book “Riding Toys”.

  8. Does someone have a address for replacement parts. I still have my own Murry tricycle. No longer have the basket for the front and missing a hubcap. Any idea where I could find either one. Mine looks like the one at the top.

  9. I have an old Murray tricycle which is from the early 1960’s, I think. I’m looking for a rear wheel, as the spokes are rather badly damaged. The wheels are about 7.5 inches in diameter, with the solid rubber tires on, and the axle is 1/2 inch in diameter. Included is a picture. Can you tell me what make and model this trike might be, and where I might find a rear wheel for it? Thank you for your time.

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  10. My friend picked this up at a thrift Store for my kids.
    I’m in to all things retro and vintage.
    As I was cleaning it up. I see a faint Murray logo.
    Any info ? Is this original paint? Year?
    My son and my daughter both love it .
    What a find! This is definitely going to be a family treasure that one day my kids , kids will enjoy.
    Any particular way to clean and protect? I prefer NEVER to paint anything old, but rather preserve the beauty as found.
    Thank you

    • Hi
      Thank you for your question. If you could post a picture or two of your Murray tricycle it would be helpful.
      David

  11. I have a Murray chain drive tricycle with 11″ rear wheels. One of the solid tires is split and I can’t re-install it. Any sources for a wheel and tire?

    Thanks.

  12. I picked this tricycle up the other day and I can’t seem to find any info on it. There is a M on the hubcap and some badge on the front stem with a X on it. I included some photos. Hope yoiu can help me out

    Thanks

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  13. I have a Murray Skybolt trike, looks too big for a kid but a bit small for an adult (by todays standards)

    Can anyone give me information about value on this or if its worth saving? Thank you.

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  14. Hi,

    I picked up this Murray for $10 at a yard sale. Can you tell me anything about it? How old is it and did I get a good deal?

    Thanks so much!

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  15. I found an old tricycle in a barn. I believe it is a Murray Mercury but I haven’t been able to find one online with this style of handlebars. It has a two tone paint job with pinstripes, solid rubber tires, and a leather seat. There are some parts that need to be tightened up, but overall in good shape. Any help would be appreciated. My email is denniscarter7117@gmail.com. Thanks in advance.

  16. I think this tricycle is a Murray. Can you tell me where I might find new wheels for it. I found it in my grandfather’s barn but the wheels are worn all the way through.

  17. I found this old tricycle in a barn in Kansas. I’m wondering if you can tell me anything about it. Thank you. I selected a file but can’t get the picture to upload.

  18. I have a 1950’s-60′ Gambles Hiawatha Tricyle with 11.5″ front Tire with 9″ rim and 7.75″ rear tires with 5″ rims. I would like to find replacements for these, the pedals and someone that can duplicate the original Gambles Logo. Any help would be appreciated.

  19. Does anyone know where I can get new tires…specifically a front tire and new pedals for this 1960s Murray tricycle I have?
    Thank you.

  20. Hi
    I’m not a bike expert just wondering if is good to restore a tricycle (de-rust) I don’t want Devaluated, I think I have a Murray . Can someone help?

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