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Posted 6 years ago

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I picked up this green racer on ebay today. What is it? : ) It appears to be a grand prix car from the 1940s or 50s. It has the clockwork parts, but I'm not sure yet if it functions. Driver seems to be missing. Thanks for your help!

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  1. stefdesign stefdesign, 6 years ago
    It's really easy to find wind-up keys to test your mechanism. They are universal, you can even get new ones with reproduction wind up robots, etc. so you don't have to hunt down originals. eBay is also a good source.
  2. Flanker Flanker, 6 years ago
    Thanks stefdesign, I do plan on picking up a reproduction key and trying it out. Any idea what kind of car this is? Thanks.
  3. Dr_Rambow Dr_Rambow, 6 years ago
    Are the tires rubber or plastic?
  4. Flanker Flanker, 6 years ago
    I haven't actually got the car yet, it's still in the mail. The tires look like bakelite wheels to me - but they could have been replacements.
  5. fourpeepsake fourpeepsake, 6 years ago
    I would love to know what the function of the mechanism is on the bottom. Nice find.
  6. Dr_Rambow Dr_Rambow, 6 years ago
    Might be a turning mechanism (lever lowers briefly, hits the driving surface and only allows one tire to move the vehicle resulting in a turn), although the flanges on the top and bottom make me think there was something else there to help facilitate whatever was going on. We'll have to wait and see!
  7. fourpeepsake fourpeepsake, 6 years ago
    I thought it might be an attempt to put the car up on 2 wheels, a trait shared by early Indy racers. The flanges suggest there may have been another small axle, but as you say, we'll have to wait and see.

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