1958 Kurtis-Kraft 500 Half Midget
- Race-prepared Continental AU-10 engine with new-old-stock gearbox
- Torsion bar suspension with friction shock absorbers
- Originally campaigned in Southern California midget races
This Half Midget is a genuine example of the Kurtis “Indy 500 Series.” These cars, according to period advertising, included some of the “best features” of the Kurtis Indianapolis winners such as adjustable four-wheel torsion bar suspension and friction shock absorbers. On this example, the hand-built fiberglass body rides on a tube steel frame and is powered by a race-prepared Continental AU-10 engine mated to a new-old-stock gearbox that has also been fully prepared. The car currently rides on Ingersoll slicks in the rear and Carlisle “Double Indian” tires up front. Originally campaigned in Southern California, this impeccable Half Midget offers a glimpse of what it was like to drive one of Mr. Kurtis’ legendary Indy cars.
Beautifully restored in black and gold livery, this 1958 Kurtis-Kraft 500 Half Midget is ready for show or for vintage competition. Given the reputation of Frank Kurtis’ race cars, the new owner may yet have a chance to test the old adage that, “It takes a Kurtis to beat a Kurtis!”