Karting is one of those things that we love at Jalopnik, despite being terrible at it. I know I’m damn slow. If I’m going to lose and embarrass myself in front of far faster drivers, I might as well look good doing it. Which is why this fully restored 1965 Rupp Dart Kart being offered with no reserve on Bring A Trailer is so appealing.
Old ads from the 1960s shows this kart as originally offered in as black, red and blue, but no gold. Luckily the person who rehabbed this awesome little machine had a glitzy moment of divine inspiration.
Look at that wonderfully-trimmed seat bolstering. There are $50,000 cars on sale today that are less classy than this. And look at those classic, minimalist lines. It’s a work of art.
This gilded pleasure kraft is scooted along by a 206cc single-cylinder Briggs and Stratton engine pumping out five horsepower. The current owner says the engine and fuel tank is from the ‘70s and has probably never run.
That’s a crying shame. At the time of this writing there are still 10 hours to put your bid in on this go kart and right that terrible wrong by driving the hell out of this go kart. Drive it better than I would. It deserves that much.