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Old 09-05-2019, 11:32 AM
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I'm Austin and live in Phoenix, AZ. My father passed away about 5 years ago and I acquired a go kart that was his when he was a kid. He should of been using it in the early sixties from what I can determine. I wanted to join the forum to learn more about the go kart. Based on what I have seen on the forum, there is a lot of knowledge on this subject and was hoping to get some help identifying what I have.
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Old 09-05-2019, 12:31 PM
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Sorry 'bout the loss.
That thing is MINT! That's really nice condition!
To be honest I really don't know what it is, but Rupp was in business in the 60s, and that's a vintage 2 stroke! If that's an original engine, that's a valuable kart!
It's most likely a Westbend or McCulloch 2 stroke engine.
Y'all that are more knowledgeable about this - Don't beat up on me.
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Well McCullochs are yellow, usually. I've seen blue ones too but that definitely says McCulloch and MC7 on it.

Nice kart for sure though. A classic.
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Well McCullochs are yellow, usually. I've seen blue ones too but that definitely says McCulloch and MC7 on it.

Nice kart for sure though. A classic.


I need to look at pictures more closely!
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I have it tentatively identified as a 1960's Simplex Challenger Mk III(?)

Similar to the one in the ad and video, and assuming it was always a single engine kart I'd have to say it is a Mark III.

And yes, they made their own cast aluminum wheels with their name right on 'em.
Big clue there....

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Thanks for all the input! Does anyone have an estimated value as it sits?
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I'd say put some fresh rubber on it, a nice seat, make sure it runs and drives nice, and I'd say it should sell for well over $500. Possibly over $1K to someone who knows what it is.
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challengers are expensive
(all simplex are really.. challengers especially though)

McCulloch engines are as well

I'd clean the wheels and check if the engine is running well..
and if that's done upwards of a kilodollar is more than likely in.

if you had the seat padding, hubcaps and floor pan rubber mat
a collector might pay more (1500 perhaps)
I never saw a red one tbh.. all gloss black for all I know..
so in case it's been repainted.. the number drops,
in case it was some sort of fancy special edition it raises..

if you're lucky enough to find some spares (either in your garage or online)
to put the small bits and pieces on that are currently missing,

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PS no matter what you should keep that thing!
if you for some reason urgently need some funds and need to get rid of it..
IMHO anyone that's offereing less than 800 is a thief! (with a non running engine and as it sits)
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