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Post  Cox International on Fri Jan 13, 2017 1:17 pm

Going by the premise that this is the original Cox one from 1947?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-ROY-COX-CHAMPION-THIMBLE-DROME-TETHER-CAR-RESTORED-/222361299527?_trkparms=ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140212121249%26meid%3D403db865406d472098470374f7e94a58%26pid%3D100102%26&_trksid=p2047675.l2557&nma=true&si=OPCjGS0kCQmQZVf25AaNLhqHC6k%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

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Post  RknRusty on Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:32 pm

That's a beauty.
I can imagine going back in time and racing a car like that. Smoke, grease and rolling death. Sorry Bernie, I don't know. It just piqued my imagination.

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Post  Mark Boesen on Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:49 pm

These were powered by imagination, a long stick and some string. LeRoy sold a bunch of the non-powered versions...probably to hook the poor kids into a later buying a real 'gas' job, and a life long addiction to nitro!
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Post  Cox International on Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:32 pm

Mark Boesen wrote:These were powered by imagination, a long stick and some string. LeRoy sold a bunch of the non-powered versions...probably to hook the poor kids into a later buying a real 'gas' job, and a life long addiction to nitro!

Yes, aware of that but am hoping this is the original version as opposed to the repros of later vintage. I ask because it sold for little money.
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Post  Mudhen on Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:50 pm

It’s an original Champion from 1947, (small bridle lugs,) but a poor restoration. That’s why it went for so little.
The head rest rivets are missing and have been painted over. The rivets were the highest point on the vehicle and were the first to be scraped off during hard play time.
This might also explain the excessively thick blue paint. It was probably applied to cover up other abrasions and scrapes.
Also, it’s hard to tell if the accessory parts are authentic, or if they have been sand blasted. (I suspect authentic, but it’s hard to say.)
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Post  Admin on Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:57 pm

Well, it's not a Nylint reproduction.

It doesn't say "Made in Santa Ana Calif" on the bottom, or maybe it did at one time as the writing doesn't look that sharp, it could've been blasted, buffed and repainted at some point in the past.

These early tether cars are not my strong area, better wait for someone who knows more (where's Mud?) (He beat me to it!)

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Post  Cox International on Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:02 pm

Thanks Hand Shake

We never got to see it as it went straight to a customer of ours. He was thrilled at the excellent condition but I just wanted to make sure it was an original as, after he received it, we came across listings for repros, not knowing beforehand that they even existed.
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