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Ludington Griswold Mystery Racer 7, 1950s

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    Posted 9 years ago

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    "Championship Scale Model, The Mystery Racer" Ludington Griswold Mystery Racer 7, 1950s, about 9 inches long, made of aluminum (#LG-500). You wrap the string around the wood dowel, attach it to the rear hook of the car with a rubber band, and it becomes a pull back and go toy.

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    1. vanskyock24 vanskyock24, 9 years ago
      i got one similar except mine is a wilbur shaw indy 500 - close body style though
    2. Flanker Flanker, 9 years ago
      I'm familar with the Wilbur Shaw Indy cars, those are fantastic! This car is modeled after the race cars from that same era for sure.
    3. Flanker Flanker, 9 years ago
      Thanks for the "love it" ratings! If anyone knows anymore about this model, please let me know.
    4. Flanker Flanker, 9 years ago
      Still doing some online research. As far as I can find, Ludington Griswold Inc., located in Saybrook, Connecticut, was a small aeronautical research group that operated a wind tunnel, and did research (some secret) for the military. They must have at some time or other, decided to also dabble in toy making, as in the "Super-Sonic LG 515" pressed aluminum glider toy (you can still find these on eBay). But still, I can't find anything in particular about this car. What year was it released? What is the name of this toy, is it modelled after a particular grand prix car, etc? Thanks for your help.
    5. vincentanton vincentanton, 9 years ago
      Wind tunnel design? Super-Sonic? Aluminum alloys? One must wonder what was designed first. The toy? Or the "secret Super-sonic aluminum clad aircraft"? The car's open wheel styling appears to be from the 40's. Looking at the toy's underpan, I see a molded and grooved wooden sleeve surrounding the front axle, and a sprung hook to which an aperture through the tail end has another hook. It seems to me that the inertial energy provided by the taught spring somehow coiled around the front axle would provide a sort of 'pull-back' energised car? Am I off base? Is this what the string and spring axle combination provide?
    6. Flanker Flanker, 25 days ago
      Added new pics and learned how it works!

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