Imagine you found an old Indy car toy at a garage sale − the type of car that looks like a cigar. Wouldn’t it be cool to own a real one so you can take it to shows and engage others in the hobby? Perhaps finding an Indy car on eBay is not as romantic, but this one has had its Offenhauser replaced by a 1989 LT1 350 Small Block from a Corvette and TH350 automatic, giving it the potential for reliable fun.
Seller says this Indy car is from 1951 and is a full-sizer, not a midget, claiming he bought it from an associate of Ayrton Senna, the famous Brazilian driver, who claimed it came from a mechanic who worked for 1950s driver Eddie Agabashian.
This “nice Florida car” had its frame sandblasted and has new of everything: steering, suspension, steering wheel and steering box, lower aluminum body, top fiberglass body, nose, paint, dash with vintage gauges, upholstery, electric fuel pump, and more. Rear brakes still need to be finished and the gauges need to be hooked up. Having been on display, its motor may need to be inspected too.
As it stands, the racer is not currently street-legal but if a “buyer needs a title … I can get one for $650.” For now that leaves you with taking it to vintage events, car shows, business displays, or drooling.
Car is currently at $10,000 with more than three days left − that’s not much scratch for a full-size toy.