1929 Miller Race Car #18

From board tracks to the Indianapolis 500, auto racing in the 1920s attracted national and international attention. Harry Miller's handcrafted race cars were the most sought-after entries because of their exquisite mechanical designs, outstanding performance, speed records, and sleek, aerodynamic beauty.
By 1926, as speeds increased, Indy authorities had reduced engine displacement to 91 cubic inches. Miller compensated by adding a supercharger and perfecting front-wheel drive, eliminating the drive shaft and lowering the car's profile. But a ban on superchargers and the onset of the Depression ended Miller's dominance. This car, one of two in existence, captures Miller's mastery at its peak.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Automobile, Racing
date made
Hepburn, Ralph
Duray, Leon
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
paint (overall material)
average spatial: 5 1/2 ft x 12 9/16 ft; x 1.6764 m x 3.83438 m
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catalog number
accession number
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
Road Transportation
Sports & Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Robert M. Rubin
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