Linemar 88 Duesenberg Murphy Special Racer - 1922

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This is the Linemar #88 Duesenberg Murphy Special Racer - 1922. The model depicts the modified Duesenberg Jimmy Murphy drove to victory in the 1922 Indianapolis 500. He raced this type of car successfully during 1923 and 1924, but was killed in a racing accident on September 15, 1924 while trying to overtake another racer.

It is a one piece casting with all detail such as bonnet straps, exhausts, seat, and driver cast into the metal. There is no glazing or base to the model. On the under-side the model carries no manufacturer's marks or country of origin details, but the left side has a cast "Japan", just forward of the cockpit.

All wheels are black plastic, mounted on steel axles that are domed on one end and crimped on the other. The axles pass through specially moulded loops on the body casting.

It is thought this item was produced in the late 1950s. The racer scales in at approximately 1:84. It comes in its original "Elegant Miniatures" card box.

Item: 4622