Hiller "Comet" Gas-Powered Racing Tether Car, 1940-1942

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 is one of approximately 500 models produced by Hiller Industries of San Francisco. The company's founder, 17-year-old Stanley Hiller, Jr., went on to design and build helicopters.

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 is one of approximately 500 models produced by Hiller Industries of San Francisco. The company's founder, 17-year-old Stanley Hiller, Jr., went on to design and build helicopters.

Artifact

Model car

Date Made

1940-1942

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2013.47.95

Credit

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

Material

Steel (Alloy)
Cardboard
Paint (Coating)
Rubber (Material)

Inscriptions

box: Hiller Comet Miniature Racing Car Another Hiller Comet Manufactured on an Assembly Line Completely Assembled Race Car

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