Bantam Midget Race Car silver
Constructed using original blueprints, these Bantam Midget models resemble the original race cars down to the smallest detail. During the 1930s, because of a shortage of money, people spent a great deal of time at home. During those years, there was a tremendous growth in hobbies that could be enjoyed at home and which required little cash. One pastime that appealed to men was hand building model race cars. Known as spin dizzies or tether cars, they were built to zoom around banked wooden tracks where they were attached by cables to a central pole. Racing against the clock and powered by model airplane engines, they reached speeds up to an amazing 150 mph. Incredibly detailed and aerodynamic, the miniatures were beyond toys; they were pieces of art representative of the best pioneering technology of the era.
Each of these current models has a faux leather seat, detailed dash and steering wheel, spoke wheels with rubber tires, a hand finished solid wood and aluminum frame, and functional front wheels. Lift the side of the hood to reveal the engine (sorry, it's non-working due to liability laws). Measures 18-3/4" x 7-1/2" x 8-3/4" and weighs 4 lbs. 7 oz.