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Innovative Miller race cars gathered for memorable class at Pebble Beach

A 1926 Indy 500 winner was awarded Best in Class from a splendid group of entries


The beautiful and innovative race cars created by Harry Miller in the 1920s and ’30s, slim projectiles that won the Indianapolis 500 an impressive 10 times, were on display in the Miller featured class at the 2021 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Supercharging, front-wheel drive and a host of other advances were pioneered by Miller race cars, which were built with meticulous care and aesthetics that rivaled Bugatti and Duesenberg in their day. Miller dominated Indy racing with both front- and rear-drive cars.

1926 Miller 91 Front Drive Special

Harry Miller is considered to be a mechanical genius who designed and built highly tuned engines as well as entire race cars.  Besides the 10 Indy 500 wins for Miller cars, his engines – or Offenhauser engines derived from his designs – won an additional 29 times.

Fourteen of the spectacular Miller racers were shown at Pebble, as well as a bare chassis and running gear that displayed some of Miller’s unique features and quality construction.

The Miller class winner also won the Indy 500

The class winner was a rear-driven car, the 1926 Miller 91 Perfect Circle Special powered by a 1.5-liter supercharged engine.  This car was also the winner of the 1926 Indy 500, driven by Frank Lockhart.

The Miller class fit in well amid the finery of the Pebble Beach Concours, as these finely honed race cars were every bit as elegant as any classic parked on the 18th Fairway.

1926 Miller 122 Locomobile Junior 8 Special
1937 Miller Gulf Special 4-cylinder with its unique tubular cooling system
Miller chassis with Ford flathead V8, front-wheel drive and pressurized fuel tank
1935 Ford V-8 Miller Special
1923 Miller 122 HCS Special being examined by judges
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


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