Pick of the Day is a late 1940s open-wheel racer that apparently has yet to be raced
The Pick of the Day is something of a mystery machine. It’s a 1948 Kurtis Kraft-style midget race car offered with a full trailer and extra parts by a dealership in Hanover, Massachussets.
All of that appears fine and dandy in the photos that are part of the car’s advertisement on ClassicCars.com.
The dealer notes that the car was built between 1947 and 1949, has been well-maintained, is powered by a 60 horsepower Ford V8 (presumably a flathead-style engine) with dual carburetors and Edmunds manifold and cylinder heads.
The car is built on a Model T frame with Model A front axle, in-and-out gearbox, and comes with both dirt-track and pavement tires.
The dealer adds that the trailer has been rebuilt with a new floor, tiers, lights, safety chains, wheels, etc.
But then comes the mystery:
“Current owner did some research on this car and as far as he knows it has not been in any race,” the dealer reports.
But why would someone build such a machine and then never race it? The possibilities are intriguing and perhaps the next owner will be able to track down the history of “The Swallow,” which is the name on the car’s bodywork.
“If you are a race enthusiast or a beginner looking to get started, this is a nice piece of racing history from the ’40s,” the dealer suggests.
The asking price is $15,000 or best offer.