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American Racing: A Diversity of Innovation — The rules of racing

Miller 91 Packard Cable Special race car
Catalog #: 1991.0889.01
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From the Smithsonian Collection
"The pinnacle of the golden age of American auto racing"--This is how one automobile historian described the Miller 91 Packard Cable Special, one of 12 such racing cars built by Harry A. Miller. It boasted front-wheel drive, 91-cubic-inch displacement, eight cylinders, and a supercharged engine that produced more than 230 horsepower. Remarkably, though, it weighed only 290 pounds. This particular car was driven by Ralph Hepburn in the 1929 Indianapolis 500 and set speed records of 143 miles per hour in Europe. In 1991 the car also won two of the most rigorous antique auto competitions in the world: the Pebble Beach Concours in California and the Bagatelle Concours Paris.
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Gift of Robert M. Rubin

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