Ref # 457
1947 Ford Hillegass Midget Racer

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CHASSIS NO: 99A1772841

• From the personal collection of Richard Rawlings
• Signed by racing legends Mario Andretti and Tony Stewart
• Flathead Ford V-8 engine


The history of oval track racing runs deep and drivers Mario Andretti and Tony Stewart have both left their mark on this car with signatures still present on the dash!

Hiram Hillegass began building race cars in 1919 and was recognized as one of the foremost builders of single seat race cars in the United States. Inducted in to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1997, Hillegass is probably best known for his midgets, which he began building as the racing boom took off in the 1930s.

Midget Racers were a viable business and Hillegass approached them as such. This example was signed by racing legends Tony Stewart and Mario Andretti. It is equipped with a modified 136 cubic-inch 17-bolt flathead V8-60 that Ford produced from 1937 to 1940. These engines were extremely popular for this application as there was a full complement of speed equipment available.

Properly modified and running on nitro, these engines offered a less expensive alternative to top post-war midget racers than the 100 Offy of the same era. Modifications on this example include a custom intake manifold by Eddie Meyer Hollywood, Spencer 17-bolt heads and two Stromberg carburetors. A direct drive box transfers the power from the engine to the pavement. Details include turned gold leaf numbers, custom pinstriping on the frame and knockoff Weld Wheels.

Automotive history such as this isn’t available often so don’t miss rare opportunity to own this true American Racing Legend!