Lot 18

2015   |   Amelia Island 2015

1948 Kurtis Kraft Midget Racer

SOLD $63,800


$45,000 - $65,000| Without Reserve



Car Highlights

Formerly Owned by ARDC Hall of Fame Member Bobby Albert
Powered by Legendary Ofenhauser Racing Engine
Restored by Noted East Coast Specialist Joe Fiore
Engine Built by Offenhauser Specialist Ken Hickey
Displayed at the 2011 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Technical Specs

1,571 CC Ofenhauser DOHC Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Hilborn Fuel Injection
Estimated 100 BHP at 6,000 RPM
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

Saleroom Addendum

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When new, chassis no. 271 was raced on the East Coast by Ed Bowman. It was acquired by ARDC (American Racing Driver’s Club) Hall of Famer Bobby Albert in the late 1970s and restored to resemble the “Bulldog Ofy” that Albert drove for East Coast owner Bill Dorer.

The current owner acquired the car from Albert’s estate, in 2007, and commissioned a full restoration by noted restorer Joe Fiore, who stated that 271 had the most original chassis and bodywork he had ever seen. Today, the Kurtis Kraft has four Halibrand wheels and M&H tires, a Halibrand Quickchange rear end, Halibrand spot brakes, a Norden steering box, a Cragar “In and Out” transmission, period Houdaille shocks, and NOS period aircraft instruments.

This Kurtis Kraft is powered by Offenhauser engine no. 159, originally owned by Johnny Balch. During the restoration process, it was rebuilt by renowned Ken Hickey, with the carburetors replaced by Hilborn fuel injection. Since completion, 271 has run at various vintage events and was displayed at the 2011 Amelia Island Concours, as part of the featured Kurtis class.

A beautifully restored and professionally prepared example, this exquisite Kurtis Kraft Midget Racer is a superb piece of American racing history.