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Adult Go Kart: Almquist Saber Project

We recently mentioned that Crosley engines found their way into race cars on occasion, so we thought we had better dig one up to prove it. This Almquist body was built on a modified Crosley chassis and was meant for some seriously small racing. It is going to take a lot of time and money to finish, but the end result should be fun. Find it here on craigslist in Lincoln Illinois for $5,000.

After doing a little research we discovered that this car changed hands just a few years back, so we can only assume the project was a little too much for the current owner. That is understandable considering the rough condition of this little racer. The next owner will want to make sure the frame and roll bar are structurally sound before heading to the track. The seller mentions that an extra frame and some gauges are included, but doesn’t provide many details beyond that.

Here is that Crosley engine we claimed was used for small bore racing back in the day. Can you tell if it is an early CoBra or later CIBA engine? We bet you can figure it out. Not much power stock, but with some tweaks the horsepower could be tripled and with a weight of just over 100 pounds, it could provide some fun in the right car.

Here is what it could look like someday with some very hard work. This little terror has a flathead v8 out front and a curb weight of only 950 pounds! It has been raced extensively in the H Mod class and it really makes us want the project above. We would just have a hard time deciding between a souped up Crosley engine or a V8. The four cylinder would make for a more balanced car, but the V8 would just be so much fun! Which would you pick for the this adult sized go-kart?


  1. Chris H.

    Almost looks like the Mach 5! Sweet little car!

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  2. Foxxy

    Is it just me or does the rt front fender area look like the weird looking bubble top custom that was on here a month or so ago. the red one must have the little 60 flatty in it. cool little project. jmo

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  3. scot c

    ~ paging forgottenfiberglass.com, Almquist Sabre for sale, please pick up the white courtesy phone.

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  4. Dave @ OldSchool

    ..flathead V8 …H Mod…. c’mon, H mod is only 750/850cc depending on the year

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    • Barn Finds

      You’re right Dave. It would have been in H Mod with the original Crosley engine, but Bruce’s V8 is running in Group 2A. Thanks for catching that!

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