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1947 Kurtis Kraft Midget Roadster Vehicle Profile

1947 Kurtis Kraft Midget photograph

1947 Kurtis Kraft Midget photograph

1947 Kurtis Kraft Midget photograph

1947 Kurtis Kraft Midget1947 Kurtis Kraft Midget1947 Kurtis Kraft Midget
Sold for $81,200 at 2021 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours Auction.
Midget racing did not require gear changes or the operation of a clutch pedal, which suited Cal Niday of Turlock, California perfectly, who had lost the use of one of his legs due to a motorcycle accident just after high school. Niday's talent and success in midget racing later opened the door to driving at the Indianapolis 500, which he did in 1953, 1954, and 1955, with a best finish of 10th place. He was running as high as third place during the 1955 Indy 500 when he crashed heavily in turn four. He was wearing the first Bell helmet ever used in the race, and he credited it with saving his life.

This Midget Racer was built around 1948 using a frame from Frank Kurtis - the remainder is Niday's creation. It is equipped with a 110 cubic-inch Offenhauser dual overhead camshaft inline 4-cylinder engine with Hilborn fuel injection and delivers an estimated 145 horsepower. There is an Offenhauser In-Out gearbox, four-wheel Gearhart disc brakes, and a tubular front axle with torsion bars and radius rods at the front and rear. In the back is a Halibrand Quick Change axle.

The racing history of this vehicle is not recorded, however, it does wear a 1947 AAA dash plaque showing number 38. By the 1970s, the Midget was owned by Don Edmunds, who added an outside oil tank and a fuel filler on top of the tail. It was later acquired by Mr. Edmunds' employer, Howard Linne, who sold it to Donald L. Weber circa 1980. Mr. Weber entrusted Gary Schroeder to restore the car after his purchase.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2021



2021 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $45,000-USD $65,000 
Sale Price :
USD $81,200

1947 Kurtis Kraft Midget Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1947 sales)
1947 Kurtis Kraft V-8 Midget Race Car
Sold for USD$16,800
  2021 Worldwide Auctioneers : The 14th Annual Auburn Auction
 
1947 Kurtis Kraft Midget Racer
Chassis#: 0-107
Sold for USD$103,600
  2021 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours Auction
1947 Kurtis Kraft Midget image  1947 Kurtis Kraft Midget image  
1947 Kurtis Kraft Midget Racer
Sold for USD$81,200
  2021 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours Auction
1947 Kurtis Kraft Midget image  1947 Kurtis Kraft Midget image  
1947 Kurtis Kraft Midget Racer
Sold for USD$27,500
  2021 Mecum : Tulsa
 
1947 Kurtis Kraft Midget Racer
Chassis#: 139
Sold for USD$52,800
  2018 Gooding & Co. : Amelia Island
1947 Kurtis Kraft Midget image  1947 Kurtis Kraft Midget image  
1947 Kurtis-Style Midget Racer
Sold for USD$12,000
  2018 Leake Auction : Oklahoma City
 
1947 Kurtis Kraft Midget Racer
Chassis#: 198
Sold for USD$35,200
  2016 Gooding & Company : The Amelia Island Auction
1947 Kurtis Kraft Midget image  1947 Kurtis Kraft Midget image  
1947 Kurtis Kraft Midget
Sold for USD$28,000
  2011 Mecum Auctions - Kissimmee, FL Auction
 
1947 Kurtis Kraft Offenhauser Midget
Chassis#: 1414
Sold for USD$52,250
  2008 RM Auctions - Joe's Garage - The MacPherson Collection
 
1947 Kurtis Kraft Midget V8-60
Chassis#: 3
Sold for USD$38,500
  2008 RM Auctions - Joe's Garage - The MacPherson Collection
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1947 Kurtis Kraft Midget's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1947 Kurtis Kraft Midget 2011 Mecum Auctions Monterey, CA The Daytime Auction$27,500  

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Kurtis Kraft Midget Vehicle Profiles
Roadster
Kurtis Kraft Midget Roadster

Model Year: 1946
Roadster
Kurtis Kraft Midget Roadster

Model Year: 1946
Profile
Roadster
Kurtis Kraft Midget Roadster

Engine Num: 361
Model Year: 1947
Profile

Roadster
Kurtis Kraft Midget Roadster

Engine Num: 168
Model Year: 1947
Roadster
Kurtis Kraft Midget Roadster

Engine Num: 448
Model Year: 1947
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
Kurtis Kraft Midget Roadster

Chassis Num: 0-107
Model Year: 1947
Profile and Auction History

Roadster
Kurtis Kraft Midget Roadster

Chassis Num: 139
Model Year: 1947
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
Kurtis Kraft Midget Roadster

Chassis Num: 198
Model Year: 1947
Profile and Auction History
Racer
Kurtis Kraft Midget Racer

Model Year: 1948

Racer
Kurtis Kraft Midget Racer

Model Year: 1948
Profile
Racer
Kurtis Kraft Midget Racer

Chassis Num: 271
Model Year: 1948
Profile and Auction History
Racer
Kurtis Kraft Midget Racer

Chassis Num: 272
Model Year: 1948
Profile

Racer
Kurtis Kraft Midget Racer

Chassis Num: F282-48
Model Year: 1948
Profile
Midget
Kurtis Kraft Midget Midget

Chassis Num: 336
Engine Num: 412
Model Year: 1949
Profile
Sprint Car
Kurtis Kraft Midget Sprint Car

Model Year: 1950
Profile

Roadster
Kurtis Kraft Midget Roadster

Model Year: 1958
Profile


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