Got it now. They look a lot like the cars I had many years ago. Mine had brayed wire brushes to contact the wires in the track. Lots of fun. A little oil under the tires made it fun to drive. Like that number 4 covette. Is it about a 1970 model.
Thanks for the pictures,
Yeah I'd say about 1970, I don't think the L88 hood scoop went much further than that. I never ran any HO scale with the wire brushes but every scale bigger used them. You're welcome for the pics, Noel.
Heck, at one time at rummage my Mother bought an old original set. It had "vibrating" motors in them. Most didn't go too good, but one would really haul! That was my favorite until I learned about the new style pancake motors in modern ones. The reed motors just had a flex read and it rubbed on the WIDE axle gear that had tiny little ridges on it to make them go. Just vibrated up/down like crazy. If they didn't work anymore, they just sat on track shaking around and spinning backwards and coming out of the slots and contacs till they stopped.
Later I had big ?/32nd size and even big ?/24 guage cars. The all had braided brushes and bigger motors, and you could change axles and slicks and gears and all kinds of parts. Those were sizes used on the big public raceways in big Cities. Strombecker or Stromberg or ?? were big in stores. They also disappeared later. Chinese tried to make them work, but were never as good of quality and most died off in later years. I had some really big tracks and parts, but couldn't buy cars for them anymore so went to good will or something when I left home. Wish I had all those sets today!
As you said, the "Vibrators" were the predecessor to the "ThunderJet" pancake armature cars. There were other companies like Atlas and Marx making HO scale cars too but Aurora became king. The Vibrators were AC power and of course all cars after them were DC voltage.
I've got a few original T-Jets from around 1964 and a couple other old ones from the late 60's. I probably should have used them for the above pics.
We had a huge 1/24th commercial track here from the mid-sixties to around 1973. I raced there religiously, and the first owner of the place was kinda sweet on my single Mom so I got some pretty good deals on cars and parts back around 1967-68! Home 1/32 tracks by companies like Carrerra are still quite popular and can be bought at Hobby Lobby and even Jegs auto parts catalogs.
Thanks for the comments!