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1946 Custom Professionally hand built .60 gas tether race car -SOLD

$ 3,799.00 $ 2,999.00

THIS CAR IS SOLD. 1946 AMRCA custom prototype Class A tether race car. This professionally hand built Prototype was designed for all out racing to compete with the top cars in the Nation in 1946-1947. The car features a bar stock aluminum custom machined chassis with a custom made 60 size ignition engine, Serial # 42, that turns over through the gears with strong compression. The body is made from light weight hand carved wood. There are some very unique racing features found in the design of this car that was long before it's time, like the fuel tank with the large “ram air” pressurizing system and the rear wheelie bar wheel. The wheels and tires are in good solid shape. The race car is complete.
The car is fully wired and includes a Smith Firecracker Coil and condenser, shut off switch and battery box along with all of the original “As Raced” patina! Please check photos as they are part of the description and this is the car you will receive.

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THIS CAR IS SOLD 1946 AMRCA custom prototype Class A gas tether race car. This professionally hand built Prototype was designed for all out racing to compete with the top cars in the Nation in 1946-1947. The car features a bar stock aluminum custom machined chassis with a custom made 60 size ignition engine, Serial # 42, that turns over through the gears with strong compression. The top body half is hand made from lightweight hand carved wood. There are some very unique racing features found in the design of this car that was long before it’s time, like the fuel tank with the large “ram air” pressurizing system and the rear wheelie bar wheel. The wheels and tires are in good solid shape. The race car is complete.
The car is fully wired and includes a Smith Firecracker Coil and condenser, shut off switch and battery box along with all of the original “As Raced” patina! Please check photos as they are part of the description and this is the car you will receive.

In California, during the late 1930’s, a hobby known as Tether Car Racing began. The idea was to power a miniature a race car with a gas engine, attach it to a center post using a wire or cord as a tether and go as fast you can. Many of the early cars were home grown. As such, many family names attached to the cars are now household words for tether car enthusiasts. Names like Dooling, McCoy, Mathews, Barney Korn and countless other are still recognized today.

World War II slowed the hobby, but it began again when the troops came home. As the racing matured, so did the tracks. Oval tracks were seen near most major cities in the U.S. Then came the “rail” tracks. These were a slightly elevated track with banked turns. These tracks allowed the several cars to be attached to a rail at the same time and race against each other. The hobby flourished until the 1950’s. Reasons for the demise of the hobby vary depending on who you talk to.

Today, the collectible nature and interest in the older cars continues to increase. The racing aspect of the hobby has also realized a resurgence with tracks in Long Island, NY, Anderson,IN, Whittier Narrows ,CA and in several locations in Europe.

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