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

Henry Ford Museum
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driven to Win

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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