Dynamometer, Built by B. B. Korn, 1938

Summary

Tether cars, gas-powered model race cars, were popular in the 1930s and 1940s. Barney Korn was among the most skilled builders. His models were exceptionally detailed. Korn even made model cars, boats, and airplanes for Hollywood movies. Korn built this working dynamometer to test his model cars. It was adjustable for rear or front-wheel drive models.

Tether cars, gas-powered model race cars, were popular in the 1930s and 1940s. Barney Korn was among the most skilled builders. His models were exceptionally detailed. Korn even made model cars, boats, and airplanes for Hollywood movies. Korn built this working dynamometer to test his model cars. It was adjustable for rear or front-wheel drive models.

Artifact

Dynamometer

Date Made

1938

Creators

B.B. Korn Specialty Manufacturing Company 

Korn, B.B. (Barney), 1903-1996 

Place of Creation

United States, California, Los Angeles 

Creator Notes

Designed by Barney Korn and made by B. B. Korn Specialty Manufacturing.

 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driven to Win: Racing in America

Object ID

2013.47.89

Credit

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

Material

Glass (Material)
Iron alloy
Wood (Plant material)

Inscriptions

plaque: Dynamometer Built - 1938 - Res. - 1984 - By - B.B. Korn tachometer: Hyde Park Model Supply Co. . . . Los Angeles, 41, Calif. Motor: GE . . .

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