Lot 46

1948 KB Special Midget Racer

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$10,000 - $15,000| Without Reserve

Car Highlights

Built by Max and Elmer Reichenbach in Chicago

Powered by Ford V8-60 Engine with Eddie Meyer Intake and Heads

Unrestored Condition and Exuding Incredible Authenticity

Technical Specs

136 CID Flathead V-8 Engine

Twin Stromberg 81 Carburetors

Estimated 80 BHP

2-Speed In-Out Manual Gearbox

Rear Drum Brakes

Front Tubular Axle with Radius Arms and Transverse Leaf Spring

Rear Live Axle with Radius Arms and Transverse Leaf Spring

Built in Chicago by brothers Max and Elmer Reichenbach, KB Special Midgets were just one of dozens of similar offerings for the burgeoning sport that was held at a variety of venues nationwide, including stadiums, horse racing tracks, and velodromes.

Acquired by Mark Smith in 2005, this historic Midget Racer carries an incredible period patina that gives a sense of history to the charming machine. This example is equipped with a Ford V8-60 engine that is fitted with rare Eddie Meyer cylinder heads and intake manifold, a Vertex magneto, and Stromberg 81 carburetors.

Worthy of continued preservation and static display, a new owner could also sympathetically mechanically restore this midget and have the best of both worlds.

*Please note that this Lot, like all vehicles in this Auction, has been in long-term static storage and may not be currently operational. It will require mechanical attention prior to any road use.

Gooding & Company presents and conducts the Estate of Mark Smith Auction under the authority of John J. Rendemonti, Executor of the Estate of Mark J. Smith, duly appointed by the Circuit Court of the State of New Hampshire, Probate Division, Case Number 312-2022-ET-00072. The Estate has compiled available title and/or registration paperwork for the Vehicles offered in the Auction and will provide such paperwork to the Buyer if it is available. However, as set forth more fully in the Conditions of Sale, neither the Estate nor Gooding makes any representation or warranty with respect to any existing certificate of title or registration with regard to any Lot in the Auction. Any Lot may be sold on a Bill of Sale. By participating in this Auction, all bidders and buyers recognize that Estate and Gooding have expressly disclaimed all such warranties concerning the availability or sufficiency of any title or registration documentation.


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