Ed's Specialty Company "Roadrunner" Gas-Powered Racing Tether Car, 1947

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. While many tether cars were based on contemporary race cars, this "Roadrunner" was modeled after a 1932 Ford hot rod. Details included faux carburetor velocity stacks in the hood.

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. While many tether cars were based on contemporary race cars, this "Roadrunner" was modeled after a 1932 Ford hot rod. Details included faux carburetor velocity stacks in the hood.

Artifact

Model car

Date Made

1947

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2013.47.59

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

Maroon

Dimensions

Height: 6 in

Width: 7.25 in

Length: 16.125 in

Inscriptions

Body: 1932 [painted license plate] Front tires: DURO-MATIC PROD. | HOLLYWOOD, CALIF.

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