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1938 Richter Midget Racer Racer Vehicle Profile

1938 Richter Midget Racer photograph

1938 Richter Midget Racer photograph

1938 Richter Midget Racer1938 Richter Midget Racer
Sold for $184,800 at 2021 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours Auction.
This particular Midget racer was built by Richter in 1938 for Bob Elgin, with Paul Swedberg initially tasked with driving duties. As 1938 was coming to a close, it was acquired by Sam Hanks of Alhambra, California, who had recently been crowned Midget champion. He had the car painted black and put his earned number '1' on the tail. With Hanks at the wheel, this Richter would earn numerous victories and among the most successful midget racer of its period.

By the mid-1970s, the car was in the care of Pete Snyder when it was acquired by Donald L. Weber. At the time, the car was incomplete, so he had Hanks authenticate it. Hanks recognized enough of the components validating its authenticity.

While in Mr. Weber's care, the car was given a restoration by Chuck Porter.

This Midget racer is equipped with a 110 cubic-inch Offenhauser DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine with twin Winfield sidedraft carburetors and produces an estimated 125 horsepower. There is an Offenhauser In-Out gearbox and four-wheel drum brakes. In the front is a tubular axle with radius rods and transverse leaf springs. A Halibrand Quick Change axle is in the back with radius rods and transverse leaf springs.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2021



2021 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $60,000-USD $80,000 
Sale Price :
USD $184,800

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 Richter Midget Racer
Sold for USD$184,800
  2021 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours Auction
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