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Go-Kart Designed To Resemble Ford Model T Up For Auction

Many of us grew up learning how to drive on go-karts, while many a professional race car driver cut their proverbial teeth on that same type of miniature ride. These days, we routinely see unique and interesting go-karts pop up for sale, giving us a chance to relive those youthful memories, a list that includes a very cool Ford roadster-inspired kart that crossed the auction block back in March. Now, those looking for an interesting, albeit tiny version of the iconic Ford Model T can bid on this go-kart recreation over at Bring a Trailer, too.

1974 Mini-Kars Ford Model T Inspired Go-Kart - Interior 001

This Ford Model T style go-kart is actually pretty vintage itself, having been built by a company called Mini-Kars Inc. – based out of Kansas City, Missouri – in June 1974. It was then used by a Shriners International chapter as a parade car for a number of years before the seller purchased it back in 2020, and now, it’s up for grabs, seeking a new home yet again.

1974 Mini-Kars Ford Model T Inspired Go-Kart - Engine Bay 001

The seller did take the time to do some work to refurbish this cool old Ford Model T inspired go-kart, including giving it a fresh coat of black paint – the only color it should be, of course – along with red pinstriping. That paintwork covers the kart’s fiberglass fenders and running boards, while other notable features include a Ford-branded faux gold radiator, a hood ornament, a folding windshield frame, a wood-stake pickup bed, and a set of red-painted 12-spoke wheels wrapped with Cheng Shin bias-ply tires

1974 Mini-Kars Ford Model T Inspired Go-Kart - Exterior 002 - Rear Three Quarters

Sitting on top of a steel frame equipped with a transverse leaf spring up front, a solid rear axle, and a direct drive transmission, power for this Model T kart comes from a Briggs & Stratton four-stroke single that produces 3.5 horsepower. If nothing else, it’s certainly a cool display piece – not to mention a piece of history that one could take to any number of shows and garner plenty of attention with.

We’ll have more cool auction finds like this to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for non-stop Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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