1934 National Junior Racer

Second Floor - Industry

Built by the National Sales & Manufacturing Company of Des Moines, Iowa, the Junior Racer was the brainchild of inventor Ezra G. Plummer. In 1930, Ezra and his son Don transformed a pedal car into a gas-powered racer, which became popular among local children. The Plummers manufactured 20 cars before formally announcing production of “the world’s smallest automobile” in 1932. Called the “National,” only approximately 100 racers were produced, all of which featured a novel pump-action starter and a tapered, Indianapolis-style tail.

Collection of Jerry and Brenda Perkins