Lot 80

2016   |   Amelia Island Auctions 2016

1947 Kurtis Kraft Midget Racer

SOLD $35,200


$40,000 - $60,000| Without Reserve



Car Highlights

Driven by Many Famous East Coast Midget-Car Racers
Restored by Noted Specialist Joe Fiore
Period V8-60 Built by Flathead Specialist Tony Baron
AACA Award Winner with Outstanding Provenance
Featured in the Kurtis Class at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Technical Specs

136 CID L-Head V-8 Engine
Two Stromberg 81 Carburetors
Cragar “In and Out” Transmission
4-Wheel Halibrand Spot Brakes
Tubular-Axle Front Suspension with Torsion Bars
Rear Halibrand Quickchange Axle with Houdaille Shock Absorbers

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Frank Kurtis designed his midget racer during WWII, and was thus ready to begin production just as the war ended and midget-car racing took off. Built during this boom period, and piloted by famed drivers, Kurtis chassis no. 198 has enjoyed long-term single ownership and possesses a well-documented provenance.

Purchased new by Elmer Falk, 198 was raced through the late 1940s and early 1950s, driven by George Flemke, Johnny Kay, Nick Fornoro Sr., Bobby Minor, Mike Nazaruk, and Bill Schindler. Joe Fiore, a respected midget-car and Indy car specialist, acquired 198 from Falk’s estate in 1994, and undertook a restoration for well-known sprint car owner Walter Beletsky. The current owner acquired the vehicle from Beletsky in April 2009 and had Fiore complete a meticulous restoration of its components back to their original 1948 condition, with a Ford V8-60 motor and the original paint scheme of maroon and blue, with gold numbers. It retains its original chassis, suspension, Halibrand quickchange, fuel tank, oil tank, steering, and body components.

The car has been awarded a First Junior and First Senior award by the Antique Automobile Club of America, and in 2011 it was invited to the Amelia Island Concours, where it was exhibited in a special Kurtis class. Quite simply, this V8-60 powered Kurtis is a fantastic piece of American motorsport history – built by a visionary, raced in the golden age of midget-car racing, and restored by the finest craftsmen.