February 5, 2023

1965 Rupp Dart Kart

SOLD FOR $6,600 ON 12/13/2018

This 1965 Rupp Dart A-Bone Kart is is fitted with a 206cc single-cylinder Briggs and Stratton engine connected via chain drive to a live rear axle. The seller acquired the kart two years ago after it was found in poor condition resting under a tarp, subsequently proceeding to disassemble and recondition it. The frame was refinished in gold, the steering system overhauled, the vinyl seat re-dyed, the chain drive system rebuilt, and a new axle fitted among other items. The 4-stroke engine has not been run during the seller’s ownership. This A-Bone Kart is offered with an Idaho bill of sale.


Rupp Manufacturing was based in Mansfield, Ohio and made several different kart models in the 1960s, including the A-Bone. The frame of example was repaired and powder coated in gold after the seller’s purchase. Show stands have been refinished in matching gold and are included in the sale.


Staggered 5″ two-piece aluminum turbine wheels feature Koyo bearings and were ceramic coated along with other silver parts. Vintage Speed 1960s-style tires are mounted at all four corners. The existing spindles were retained up front and connected to new steering linkages and rods.

The vinyl seat was re-dyed in off white and the stock 3-spoke steering wheel was retained, while remanufactured throttle and brake pedals were fitted.

The 4-stroke 206cc Briggs and Stratton single features Magnetron ignition and made five horsepower when new. The seller states that the engine is from the 1970s and believes it to have gone unused along with the fuel tank.


The crankshaft is connected to a centrifugal clutch with a 12-tooth sprocket turning a chain linked to a Martin 72-tooth wheel sprocket. A new live rear axle was machined to comply with rules limiting 36 inches of total rear tire width, and features a single mechanical drum brake.




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