Olsen Machine Works "Interceptor" 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. Olsen tether cars were sold fully assembled. This model is of the enclosed "cabin car" style and doesn't have an open cockpit.

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. Olsen tether cars were sold fully assembled. This model is of the enclosed "cabin car" style and doesn't have an open cockpit.

Artifact

Model car

Date Made

1941

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2013.47.84

Credit

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

Material

Magnesium
Paint (Coating)
Rubber (Material)

Color

Red
Yellow

Dimensions

Height: 7 in

Width: 6 in

Length: 18 in

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