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Hemmings Find of the Day – circa 1930s sprint car

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Unknown origin 1930s sprint car for sale on From the seller’s description:

Pre-war race car. Unknown build. It is a real race car, that can be easily proven. Really done well if homemade. Styling wise it appears to have been made in the late 20’s early thirties. Frame is unique, origin unknown but definitely commercially made. The body was hammered out of steel. The hood is aluminum and something I added.

It’s currently powered by a Gallivan dual overhead cam conversion fitted to a Model T block. Poor man’s Offy!! Gallivan made a dozen or so dual overhead cam conversions in the mid-twenties. This particular setup is new pour, made from the original molds by a gentleman in Chicago. Two side draft Winfields provide carburetion. It has a Model A counterbalanced crank that has pressure oiling, dry sump. Cams are pressure oiled as well. Sump tank is in cowl. Gas tank is in tail. There’s a passenger side water pump and magneto to provide spark that are not shown in the pictures. Electric Model A high speed starter, battery on board under drive shaft. Electric fuel pump.

The engine is mated to a 3 speed Model a Transmission. The rear end is a 29 Chevrolet that has been converted to juice brakes.

The front end is Model A with 2 inch drop. There aren’t any front brakes, just rear. Hartford shocks, two original, two repo.

Wheels are Dayton dental wires, tires are a relatively new Coker purchase.

All paint is new, real gold leaf on numbers.

Electric Fan on new custom radiator. Cools well, what little I’ve run it.

The hand brake and fuel pump are for show, they are not operational.

It runs, drives, shifts and moves around but is not ready for the track. Brakes are biggest area needing work.

I’ve lost interest, so car needs new home.

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Marble Falls, Texas
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