Homemade Pusher Model Race Car, Made with a Mobil Oil Can, 1930-1940

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. It could be an expensive hobby. Top-of-the-line models cost nearly $100 (when a real Ford started around $500). Resourceful racers scratch-built their own cars, like this model fashioned from a Mobil oil can.

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. It could be an expensive hobby. Top-of-the-line models cost nearly $100 (when a real Ford started around $500). Resourceful racers scratch-built their own cars, like this model fashioned from a Mobil oil can.

Artifact

Model car

Date Made

1930-1940

Creators

Unknown

Henry Ford Museum
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in The Gallery by GM

Object ID

2013.47.131

Credit

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

Material

Copper (Metal)
Rubber (Material)
Sheet metal
Wood (Plant material)

Color

Black (Color)
Red

Dimensions

Height: 9 in

Width: 12 in

Length: 27 in

Inscriptions

interior: Mobil Oil rear quarter panel: 13

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