The TQ midget is the intersection of diverse motoring mentalities.
The 750c.c. engines that powered the TQ midget, due to America’s love of monster big cars, were only available from non-mainstream sources. The most common were:
- Crosley cars – pretty much refrigerators on wheels
- Harley motorcycles
- Mercury boat engines
None of these engines remained stock of course and piles of inventive interpretation of the rules were applied. It’s only cheating if you get caught.
I should explain the “TQ.” It stands for three quarters. There were also quarter midgets, basically go-karts with indycar-like bodies. Between those were half midgets using 500c.c. engines, but they weren’t nearly as popular.
Above all those were the midgets. It was first used as a derogatory term by the drivers of “big cars.” The name stuck and midget racing is still popular today. TQ midgets are still racing as well but a mostly a niche market.
With five days to go the bid is at $3,400 with reserve not met. This appears to be a very nice example and judging from the wear on the tires is no trailer queen.
See the full listing: 1961 T/Q Midget