1934 National Junior Racer

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

 


 
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