Category Archives: Mathews
Percy Matthews was the owner of Matthews Foundry on Railroad Avenue in Fresno. During the late 1930s he bought a tether car but soon became dissatisfied with its performance and decided to build his own. His first car, a streamliner, appeared in 1938 and was a true hobby forerunner at the time.
[spoiler title=”Read More” open=”0″ style=”1″]
The Matthews car used tires of the same name and could be assembled in either front or rear drive configuration. It was called the Achiever.
Percy Matthews passed away during World War II, but according to his good friend Bob Nash, a substantial number of the cars bearing his name were sold. Matthews Foundry later built a prototype car with open cockpit but in smaller numbers. This car, called the Silver Streak, was sold complete and with polished aluminum finish. Despite the Matthews cars’ success in competition and sales, the survival rate appears low and today both versions are seldom seen and much sought after.
Just prior to the outbreak of war, Matthews built a spur drive car that was the first to officially break one hundred miles per hour. After the end of hostilities, this car was sold as the V-Car. Later still, in 1947-48, it was sold by Judge’s of Phoenix, Arizona, which also offered rough or finished body castings alone at ten or fifteen dollars, respectively. An advertisement for the V-Car first appeared in Rail and Cable in August 1947, although the car was already showing up favorably in race results prior to this date.
Two variations of the Matthews V-Car have been seen. One, with a fin, has an air intake cast in the upper body half. The finless version has a tube air intake similar to the McCoy streamliner of the same period.
Matthews Foundry also did much of the casting work for the Hornet Engine, manufactured in Fresno by Ray Snow and Walt Cave.
2228 Railroad Ave