A 1/4 scale 'Offyette Sportster' childs car, circa 1950s,
Lot 129
A 1/4 scale 'Offyette Sportster' childs car, circa 1950s,
Sold for US$ 6,875 inc. premium

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A 1/4 scale 'Offyette Sportster' childs car, circa 1950s, A 1/4 scale 'Offyette Sportster' childs car, circa 1950s, A 1/4 scale 'Offyette Sportster' childs car, circa 1950s,
A 1/4 scale 'Offyette Sportster' childs car, circa 1950s,
finely restored, originally built by the Larc Douglass Company on Long Island just outside of NYC, the Sportster has been referred to as the most beautiful scaled / kids car ever built. The Sportster is the second motorized, kid-sized racer designed by Carl Schiller, a pioneer of the so-called 1/4-scale--or quarter midget--genre.

The body is hand laid structural fiberglass and a full 3/8" thick. The coach sits on top of a traditional wooden deck made from 3/4" marine grade 11 ply birch. Per the original design, the rear 1" axle is supported by 2 pillow block bearings mounted on Oak towers. The front axle is made from 1" square tubing with 5/8" spindles and a sprung adjustable suspension. The original casting steering wheel is attached to a 1/2" steering shaft that makes its way to a rack and pinion steering box. For safety a dual piston hydraulic disc brake has been installed and the pedal length is adjustable.

Originally, the Sportster was powered by a Continental motor; however in the spirit of simplicity and reliability, this example has a new Honda GX120 motor with a centrifugal clutch, low and remote shut off on the dash. The rear sprocket is a Martins Gear 40 tooth solid sprocket driven by a # 40 chain. Top speed is estimated to be between 15–20 mph.

The car has 6" steel wheels with working polished knock off hubs and period correct Carlisle tires. All hardware and fasteners are Stainless Steel and all bracketry has been powder coated. The interior is glove leather imported from Europe so there are no barb wire scars in the hide. The paint is base coat clear coat and with hand painted pin striping and lettering. The windscreen is a modified Brooklands windshield from a vintage MG. The car has a polished aluminum grill and Ford Model A cowl light lenses and bezels. There are small stainless steel nerf bars on the rear and a key lock on the trunk/engine lid.

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