Lot 146

2018   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2018

1948 Kurtis Kraft Midget Racer

SOLD $35,200


$50,000 - $75,000| Without Reserve





Car Highlights

A Gorgeous Example of Frank Kurtis’ Brilliantly Engineered
Offy Midget Racers
Restored to Concours Condition by Marque Expert Joe Fiore
Well-Documented US and Australian Racing History
Raced to Multiple Victories by USAC Hall of Fame Driver Bob Tattersall
Winner of AACA Junior, Senior, and President’s Cup Awards

Technical Specs

110 CID Offenhauser DOHC Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Hilborn Fuel Injection
Estimated 145 BHP at 8,000 RPM
Offenhauser In-Out Gearbox
4-Wheel Halibrand Spot Disc Brakes
Front Tubular Axle with Torsion Bars, Radius Rods, and Houdaille Shocks
Rear Halibrand Quick Change with Torsion Bars, Radius Rods, and Houdaille Shocks

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note that this vehicle will be sold on a Bill of Sale.

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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.