1935 Miller-Ford Race Car

Summary

Harry Miller, one of America's most important racing designers, built this car for Ford Motor Company's effort at the 1935 Indianapolis 500. It has all of Miller's hallmarks -- innovation, craftsmanship, and an almost sculptural presence. All that it lacks is a victory. Miller built ten similar cars, but a hurried production schedule led to mechanical problems and none finished the race.

Harry Miller, one of America's most important racing designers, built this car for Ford Motor Company's effort at the 1935 Indianapolis 500. It has all of Miller's hallmarks -- innovation, craftsmanship, and an almost sculptural presence. All that it lacks is a victory. Miller built ten similar cars, but a hurried production schedule led to mechanical problems and none finished the race.

Artifact

Racing car

Date Made

1935

Creators

Miller-Tucker, Inc. 

Ford Motor Company 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Dearborn 

Creator Notes

Made in Dearborn, Michigan by Miller-Tucker, Inc. for Ford Motor Company.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

69.137.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Metal
Steel
Leather
Rubber (Material)
Chromium

Technique

Customizing

Color

White (Color)
Blue
Red

Dimensions

Diameter: 3.063 in  (Bore)

Length: 3.75 in  (Stroke)

Height: 41 in

Width: 68 in

Length: 156 in

Weight: 1980 lbs

Inscriptions

On sides, painted in red: V8 (stylized) On edge of hood: Ford emblem / V8

Specifications

Make & Model: 1935 Miller-Ford oval track racing

Maker: Miller-Tucker, Detroit, Michigan

Engine: Ford V-8, L-head valves, 221 cubic inches

Transmission: 2-speed manual

Height: 41 inches

Width: 68 inches

Wheelbase: 100 inches

Overall length: 154.5 inches

Weight: 1980 pounds

Horsepower: 150

Pounds per horsepower: 13.2

Competition History: None. This car never reached Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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