1951 Tomshe Offy Indy Roadster Vehicle Profile

1951 Tomshe Offy Indy photograph

1951 Tomshe Offy Indy photograph

1951 Tomshe Offy Indy photograph

1951 Tomshe Offy Indy photograph

1951 Tomshe Offy Indy photograph

1951 Tomshe Offy Indy photograph

1951 Tomshe Offy Indy photograph

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Roadster
High bid of $110,000 at 2011 Dana Mecum's Original Spring Classic Auction - 24th Year. (did not sell)
Sold for $160,000 at 2011 Mecum Auctions - Monterey, CA The Daytime Auction.
Sold for $95,200 at 2020 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction.
This Indy car, known as 'Tuffy's Offy', was built by Fred Tomshe and owned by George Tuffanelli, who ran the Chicago south side for Al Capone. This historic upright Indy car was used at attempting to qualify for the 1951 Indy 500 by Ray Knepper.

The car ran the 1951 Milwaukee Mile where it started 17th and finished 12th. It also ran at Langhorne, PA in 1951.

The car is listed on the Historic Register of Competition cars, registry #069. It has recently been restored and has been used in competition at the Monterey Historics on three different occasions.

Powering the Indy racer is a 270 cubic-inch Offenhauser engine with a fuel-injection system and methanol fuel. There is a Joe Hunt magneto, Offenhauser 2-speed hi/lo transmission, a Halibrand quick change rear, Jones chronometric mechanical tachometer, and original magnesium Halibrand wheels.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2011


2020 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $125,000-USD $150,000 
Sale Price :
USD $95,200

2011 Mecum Auctions - Monterey, CA The Daytime Auction

Sale Price :
USD $160,000

2011 Dana Mecum's Original Spring Classic Auction - 24th Year

High Bid (Lot was not sold)
USD $110,000

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1951 sales)
1951 Silnes-Offenhauser Tomshe Indianapolis
Sold for USD$95,200
  2020 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction
1951 Tomshe Offy Indy image  1951 Tomshe Offy Indy image  
1951 Offenhauser Tomshe Indy Car
Sold for USD$160,000
  2011 Mecum Auctions - Monterey, CA The Daytime Auction
1951 Tomshe Offy Indy image  1951 Tomshe Offy Indy image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1951 Tomshe Offy Indy's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1951 Offenhauser Tomshe Indy Car 2011 Dana Mecum's Original Spring Classic Auction 24th Year$110,000  

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