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- Midget Race
- Exterior Color
Frank Kurtis is a very well-known builder of race cars. His infatuation with automobiles began at an early age. His father owned a blacksmith shop located in Pueblo, Colorado, that repaired automobiles and horse-and-buggies. The family later moved to Los Angeles, where Frank began designing, building, and repairing racers in a four-car garage behind their home. During the 1940’s, Kurtis fostered a reputation for his midget and Indy racers. In 1946, the Kurtis Miller Ross Page Special had been created, and was ready to compete in the first Indy 500 since World War II. By 1947 he had created the Kurtis-Kraft Special, his personal entrant in the 1948 Indy race. George Shilala was plant foreman at the Kurtis-Kraft plant between 1945 and 1953, when he left to start his own company. The chassis that Shilala produced for this car was virtually identical to the stock Kurtis-Kraft chassis, with only subtle differences. It is believed that this car was driven by Johnny Rutherford in 1963, during the early part of his career. This example is powered by a Ford 134 CI inline 4-cylinder engine mated to a direct drive box. The Norden steering gear is dated 6-4-62. Firestone tires are mounted on all 4 knock off wheels.