Matthews "V-Car" Gas-Powered Racing Tether Car, 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. The Matthews Foundry, owned by model racer Percy Matthews, produced the "V-Car," a teardrop-shaped streamliner. Matthews models were successful in sales and on race courses.

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. The Matthews Foundry, owned by model racer Percy Matthews, produced the "V-Car," a teardrop-shaped streamliner. Matthews models were successful in sales and on race courses.

Artifact

Model car

Date Made

1941

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2013.47.58

Credit

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

Material

Aluminum (Metal)
Paint (Coating)
Rubber (Material)

Color

Silver (Color)
Black (Color)
Red

Dimensions

Height: 4.5 in

Width: 8.375 in

Length: 17 in

Inscriptions

Body: MATTHEWS V CAR

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