1949 Hillegass Midget 

1949 Hillegass Midget

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Hiram Hillegass began building race cars in 1919 while working at Mack in Allentown, Pennsylvania. By the time he died in 1960, at the age of 65, he was recognized as one of the foremost builders of single seat race cars in the United States. The midgets of Hiram Hillegass were quite reliable, and it is not surprising that the drivers who survived racing his cars turned to him for bigger cars which were then simply known as "Big Cars." These cars carried bigger engines, campaigned on larger tracks, and each year adjourned to Indianapolis during the month of May for the Indy 500. This car has an extensive race history, having raced on the East Coast in the Amateurs Racing Drivers Club, and the National Midget Association. This car was most recently raced by Tommy Caruso, a race enthusiast from Massachusetts, between 1982 and 1987. This Midget is powered by a 4-cylinder Offenhauser, engine #362. These engines became noted for their reliability. The monobloc construction meant it was not vulnerable to head gasket or cylinder stud problems and allowed for higher cylinder pressures. A simpledirect drive gear was used for power transfer. This drive train has no clutch and allows the car to be push-started when the transmission is engaged. As a result, this transmission allows the elimination of weight normally required for clutch, flywheel, starter motor and battery.
Exterior Color: Maroon
Interior Color: Brown
Fuel Type: Gasoline

Reference Number 502597

as of 2/6/2018

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Lot 4

Leake Auction Company - Rolland Collection  Contact  Location
Rolland Racing Museum  Phone  +1 918-254-7077  City  Newbury Park
Newbury Park, CA 91320  Fax  +1 918-254-4882  State  California
United States  Mobile    Country  United States United States
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Car 1949 Hillegass Midget
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Mention consignment "roll17-4" when inquiring!