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    Posted 9 years ago

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    I purchased a 1918 Maytag washing matching (one of the first electric powered models) and I found inside the washing machine, what I believe to be a wind powered car of some kind. The car is aluminum with two holes at the top and two on the sides. A wire is connected from one hole to the other at the side of the car and whatever was inserted into the top holes is missing. There are cutouts at the grill and beneath the cars belly to minimize drag. A plane like rear rudder/fin makes up the tail. Completely hollow at the interior with no indications that there were ever any parts or components there prior. No markings at all. The tires are rubber mounted on a rim which attaches to the axle using threaded connections, which I thought was interesting. Based on the wire set up and the drag cutouts I believe the car was designed to move using wind or some other unconventional method. ANY HELP in identification would be greatly appreciated.

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    1. AzTom AzTom, 9 years ago
      It is a tether car, to run in circles. It would have had a gas engine inside it as well as a clear airplane type cockpit cover on top. Even missing parts I think it will still bring some good money.
    2. gargoylecollector gargoylecollector, 9 years ago
      Here is a similar one!
    3. gargoylecollector gargoylecollector, 9 years ago
      and another-
      Now you got me shopping for tether cars!!!!!!!!lol
    4. Flanker Flanker, 9 years ago
      Wow, what a find! It's a tether car, no doubt about it, and it's quite valuable.
    5. upstatenycollector upstatenycollector, 8 years ago
      Here is the exact same car. Look at what they're asking for them!!

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