1938 Maytag Toy Racer

In the 1930s, teenagers began building miniature race cars powered by discarded
Maytag washing machine engines. Maytag dealers found this to be a convenient
method of both disposing of surplus inventory and advertising their products and
became sponsors of many local parades and races. In 1934 Maytag began the
manufacture of racers using its more powerful two-cylinder MultiMotor, hundreds of
which were sold to dealers for promotional purposes. Maytag stopped producing the
racers in 1941 to prepare for wartime production.

Courtesy of Jerry and Brenda Perkins



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