1935 Miller-Ford Race Car

Summary

This beautiful car was created by Harry Miller, the most important American racing designer before World War II. His legacy included the four cylinder Offenhauser engine that dominated American racing between 1935 and 1975. Miller's hallmarks were innovation, superb craftsmanship, and an artistic touch that transformed his cars, engines, and individual components into pieces of sculpture. The Miller-Ford illustrates all these characteristics. It is lower, sleeker, and more streamlined than any other 1935 race car. It featured independent front and rear suspension, unheard of in American cars of the day. The aerodynamic cast aluminum suspension arms would look good on a pedestal in a museum. But for all its artistry this car was not as successful as Miller's earlier designs. One of ten similar cars, it was produced in a hurry and suffered from lack of time for proper development. Engine: Ford V-8, side valves, 221 cu. in., 150 hp

This beautiful car was created by Harry Miller, the most important American racing designer before World War II. His legacy included the four cylinder Offenhauser engine that dominated American racing between 1935 and 1975. Miller's hallmarks were innovation, superb craftsmanship, and an artistic touch that transformed his cars, engines, and individual components into pieces of sculpture. The Miller-Ford illustrates all these characteristics. It is lower, sleeker, and more streamlined than any other 1935 race car. It featured independent front and rear suspension, unheard of in American cars of the day. The aerodynamic cast aluminum suspension arms would look good on a pedestal in a museum. But for all its artistry this car was not as successful as Miller's earlier designs. One of ten similar cars, it was produced in a hurry and suffered from lack of time for proper development. Engine: Ford V-8, side valves, 221 cu. in., 150 hp

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.

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

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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