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Kurtis Kraft Midget Racers have been described as the standard for the sport, renowned for their power, handling, and build quality. Many of the earliest Kurtis Midgets were powered by Ford’s V8-60 flathead, but soon a smaller version of the proven Offy twin cam became the engine of choice.
The first owner of this Offy-powered Kurtis was Howard Linne, winner of the 1961 USAC midget car owner’s championship. His cars captured 69 USAC features, ranking him third all-time on the owner’s list. Linne sold this Midget Racer in late 1962 to Paul Baines, who enlisted USAC champion Bob Tattersall to drive it in the 1963 season with sponsorship from Mattoon Imperial Motors in Illinois. It won several USAC events and finished the season eighth overall. During the early 1960s, Tattersall also campaigned the car in Australia, where it won several major events. In early 1964, Baines sold the midget, and it subsequently passed among several owners and spent time as a museum display.
The current owner enlisted prominent restorer Joe Fiore to perform a meticulous restoration, returning the car to its 1963 configuration, including the original Peck nose and black livery. The Offenhauser engine was also restored by noted expert Mike Stryker, and the Kurtis has since earned multiple AACA awards. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a professionally restored and impressively documented Kurtis Kraft Midget Racer that would be an excellent candidate to show or campaign in vintage events.