1960 J.W. Payne 3/4 Midget Racing Car
Chassis no. 142771C
Engine no. 209900
44ci Crosley OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Two Dell'Orto Carburetors
2-Speed "In and Out" Transmission
Front Independent Suspension, Solid Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
*Successful period racing history
*Extensive history file
*Photo documented restoration
*Never run since restoration
*Completely built by hand
Three Quarter Midget Racers
Short track racing on America's ovals was an extremely popular sport post-WWII; every small town had its local oval with various formulas competing almost every weekend. ¾ midgets served as an entrée for aspiring open-wheel racers; they competed wheel-to-wheel at speeds in excess of 120mph on tracks both dirt and paved.
Many legendary racing drivers started their careers in racers like these, before getting into full-sized racing machines.
The Motorcar Offered
This midget was one of three cars constructed by J.W. Payne of Homestead, Florida. Completed in 1960, the Midget was raced through 1966, with its home track being the Florida City Speedway 1/5 mile oval. The car also competed at a variety of ¼ mile tracks, and held various lap records at these venues. Payne's midget would reportedly run in excess of 130mph.
Payne eventually sold the car and it passed through several hands. By the 1990s it was in original yet deteriorated condition, and a no-expense spared restoration was undertaken. Today the car presents beautifully with a highly detailed engine, many chromed components, and a patriotic red, white and blue racing livery. Never started since restoration was completed in 1997, the Payne midget would serve as an exciting piece of garage art, or possibly as a unique and exciting vintage racing machine.