Korn "Indianapolis" Gas-Powered Racing Tether Car, 1940-1941

Summary

Tether cars, gas-powered model race cars, were popular in the 1930s and 1940s. They were raced individually while tethered to a central pivot, or against each other on a scaled-down board track. This magnesium-bodied model of an Indianapolis-style racer was built by B.B. (Barney) Korn. While Korn's models weren't particularly fast, they were exceptional in their fine detail and craftsmanship.

Tether cars, gas-powered model race cars, were popular in the 1930s and 1940s. They were raced individually while tethered to a central pivot, or against each other on a scaled-down board track. This magnesium-bodied model of an Indianapolis-style racer was built by B.B. (Barney) Korn. While Korn's models weren't particularly fast, they were exceptional in their fine detail and craftsmanship.

Artifact

Model car

Date Made

1940-1941

Creators

Korn, B.B. (Barney) 

B.B. Korn Specialty Manufacturing Company 

Place of Creation

United States, California, Los Angeles 

Creator Notes

Manufactured by B.B. (Barney) Korn and the B.B. Korn Specialty Manufacturing Co. in Los Angeles, California.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2013.47.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Eric Zausner and the E-Z Spindizzy Foundation.

Material

Magnesium
Aluminum (Metal)
Bronze (Metal)
Rubber (Material)
Plexiglas (TM)
Vinyl
Paint (Coating)

Color

Red
Gray (Color)
Silver (Color)
Black (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 6.125 in

Width: 9.625 in

Length: 20.75 in

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