Baby Alexander 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. Alexander Automotive Engineering Company of Inglewood, California, produced this "Baby Alexander" model in 1941. "Baby" refers to the car's wheelbase, which is one inch shorter than on standard models.

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. Alexander Automotive Engineering Company of Inglewood, California, produced this "Baby Alexander" model in 1941. "Baby" refers to the car's wheelbase, which is one inch shorter than on standard models.

Artifact

Model car

Date Made

1941

Creators

Alexander Automotive Engineering Company 

Alexander, Colonel Isaac Emanuel 

Place of Creation

United States, California, Inglewood 

Creator Notes

Created by Colonel Isaac Emanuel Alexander and manufactured by his company Alexander Automotive Engineering Company.

 On Exhibit

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

Object ID

2013.47.138

Credit

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

Material

Aluminum (Metal)
Leather
Plastic
Rubber (Material)
Steel (Alloy)

Color

Blue
Yellow

Dimensions

Height: 7.25 in

Width: 10 in

Length: 19 in

Weight: 6.75 lb

Inscriptions

painted on body: 2 / ALEXANDER / CAR dashboard plaque: DON EDWARDS / AUTORESEARCH

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