Pint-Sized Fun: Rupp Vega GT Go-Kart


If the Porsche 936 go-kart we featured a few months back was too rich for your blood, maybe this Rupp Vega GT go-kart here on eBay is a more affordable alternative. While I did love that Porsche and the sheer ridiculousness of its unmarked condition and astronomical asking price, this Rupp-manufactured Vega GT is much more realistic if you’re looking to get your kids into karting at an early age. From what I can find online, Rupp was an Ohio-based manufacturer that built at least a handful of different kart bodies – there’s also this Monza Jr. here on eBay for $5,000, a bit pricier than our Vega that’s currently bid to $305. This seems like short money for a fun summer project to me, but you’ll have to arrange pick-up or shipping yourself. In this case, driving it home is definitely not an option!

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  1. Clay Bryant

    Looked at the Monza and he’s about 4 grand too high.The seats are worn too much for having occassional outings and I don’t think the air filter has been changed in 25 years.Hate to think what the inside of the engine looks like.I’ve seen 3-4 of them over the years and they’re out there.If it was pristeen it might crack 1800-2000 bucks.

  2. cory

    Rupp is still in existence as Gorman rupp. A manufacturer of large industrial pumps. Their go carts were some of the best around. Rupp produced a line of snowmobiles, with the 440 magnum being one of the most collectible of vintage snowmobiles. Also rupp produced a wide range of minibikes, and a 3 wheeled road legal monstrosity. There designs wereally innovative and build quality was top notch. Unfortunately market forces forced them out of the power sports business. I suspect product liability lawsuits played a huge factor as well.

  3. jim s

    the rear brakes work by metal pads that push on the tires. been there done that, i will take real brake systems.

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