This McCoy Teardrop tether car was designed by Dick McCoy, of CA, in 1946. The most prolific postwar cars were those manufactured by the Dooling brothers and those designed by Dick McCoy for Duro-Matic. McCoy’s working relationship with Duro-Matic began two weeks after World War II ended. The first McCoy design produced was a streamliner that Duro-Matic advertised as the “McCoy Racing Car.” This machine is often referred to as the McCoy Teardrop.

Three thousand of these streamliners were sold between 1946 and 1952. It was a successful car from the outset, and Dick McCoy set many records with it. The first issue of Rail and Cable (November/December 1946) reported McCoy finishing third in the spur gear class at 112.21 MPH on October 13, 1946. Charlie Lamb, with whom McCoy co-designed the Invader for Duro-Matic, was the winner at 116.12 MPH, also with a streamliner. (Ref. Leland Wolf.)

Exhibit added: December 1, 2016 - Last modified: January 19, 2023

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