Alexander Gas-Powered Racing Tether Car, 1938-1940

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. Alexander Automotive Engineering Company produced this front-wheel drive model with a cast aluminum body and a sheet metal hood.

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 produced this front-wheel drive model with a cast aluminum body and a sheet metal hood.

Artifact

Model car

Date Made

1938-1940

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.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2013.47.167

Credit

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

Material

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

Color

Black (Color)
Red
Silver (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 7 in

Width: 9.5 in

Length: 20 in

Inscriptions

body, hand painted: Atwood / RACING MOTORS ALEXANDER / SPL / Los Angeles, CA. / 16

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