Posting ID : B1001437772
Date Posted : 2010-05-08
Made a decision on a few other projects and decided to sell this completed one.
1987-1989 promotional Go-Kart sold at Oldsmobile dealers to promote the experimental land speed cars they resembled. Manufactured by Bird Mfg...at the time one of the worlds largest go-kart manufacturers.
After speaking with the R.E Oldsmobile Museum director in Lansing, Michigan and the memorabilia director for Mecum Auto Auctions...these were considered rare because they were not able to sell many through the dealerships. Remaining stock after years of sitting around were destroyed. One is in the R.E. Olds Museum along side one of the full size experimental cars, and other related items.
This kart is in exceptional condition, and I am told I am the second owner. The entire kart was stripped to bare chassis and built back up. All new hardware, wheel bearings, and chassis/wheel/engine related paint work.
Wheels were repainted to new condition, and entire chassis was high gloss black epoxy coated. Tires and tubes are original and show virtually no wear.
Seat bottom/back is new and done in outdoor grade black vinyl with red piping. Original seat bottom/back are also included.
Body paint and graphics are original and in great condition. Minor surface scratches in gel coat not really noticeable unless looking. Small surface repair at right front nose noticeable close up and due to near but not dead perfect color match. Rear spoiler as small spidering where kart may have been pushed...using spoiler as push point(only cosmetic).
Original 3hp Briggs engine was also disassembled and gone through. All new seals and everything was cleaned/tested. Starts second pull everytime....idles and revs smooth.
Clutch and chain are also original and cleaned/inspected.
I will be putting up a photobucket album with ALL pictures from build...including finished product.
This is a great car for any collector....especially one that may also have a side love for Oldsmobile. This Kart also comes with a few other pieces of rare Oldsmobile Aerotech memorabilia. Including a color 35mm slide from a track test in 1987, a 1987 Autoweek Magazine featuring the car, and 3 original dealer brochures featuring the car. Pictures of these items will be part of the photobucket album...as classifieds limits the listing to 4 photos. Thank you for looking!
Asking $1,500 OBO (willing work with buyer on price and shipping/crateing)