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Last Minute Gift? Bird Corporation Go-Kart

We all know Christmas is fast approaching, and if you’re like me, there’s a lot of stuff you’d still like to buy for yourself because no one else will get it for you. That’s what Christmas is all about, right? Sadly, no one of legal shopping age in my household is going to go out and buy me this awesome Bird Corporation go-kart listed here on craigslist, so I hope one of you can find a way to bring this awesome piece of 80s racing nostalgia home. Thanks to Barn Finds reader T.J. for the find. 

The seller shares a familiar story as it relates to how many families came into owning a go-kart: his cousin won it in a gas station raffle, and it’s been in the family ever since. This was pretty common with gasoline companies in the 1980s; there’s a similar Conoco go-kart on my friend’s property in Georgia that I’d like to grab at some point, but that’s a project for another day. The seller laments his kids aren’t into it, so the kart is up for sale; what a bummer for the seller. Karting is one of the coolest sports for a youngster to get involved with, so hopefully this will inspire someone else to take to the junior racing leagues.

Like so many other go karts from this era, the Bird Corporation model utilizes that same type of Briggs & Stratton motor you might find on a riding mower. That makes parts and engine replacement pretty simple, and the seller notes that his kart will need a new or rebuilt carburetor. If he does the work to replace it, count on another $800 being added to the price. I owned a vintage go-kart for a short while with big dreams of making it into a fun project for the kids, but that was before they could even walk and spare time was limited. Give me a few more years and one of these will be under the tree, even if I have to gift it to myself!


  1. Todd J. Member

    Dang it, I’m jealous. My go-kart only had a 2HP B&S engine, and it didn’t have a spoiler! Life is just not fair sometimes.

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  2. John Irwin

    Those were cool! I’m assuming his kids would rather lay around the house texting friends all day or walking around aimlessly wearing virtual reality goggles. So kids aren’t into what we were anymore. Please know this, if I had the extra money I would buy this for you as a thank you for the entertaining articles you put in my mailbox everyday. I’m sorry though I’m not doing that well myself. So I can leave you with a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Keep these articles coming 😉

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    • Jeff Williams Jeff Williams Member

      Needs 5 or more HP. My choice ? 8 hp Briggs would really scoot.

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  3. Troy

    That thing just looks like fun

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  4. Rick

    I had a similar style kart when I was around 10 or so but it wasn’t an Indy car it was a 23-T , fiber glass body and even a straight up And down lexan windshield

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  5. The Other Chris

    Cool kart. This guy found the absolute more expensive and most difficult way of repairing that Briggs!

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    • Larry Ashcraft

      Yes. A less than $20 carburetor off of Ebay and an hours work. Or, probably $500 for a brand new 5 hp Honda.

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      • Robert Atkinson, Jr.

        Or half the price for a replacement motor from Harbor Freight tools, albeit C-Cubed material. “C-Cubed” is shorthand for Cheap Chinese Crap, LOL!

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