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The Smithsonian Institution acquired a Miller 91 Packard Cable Special 1500-cc race car with the intention of displaying it. Harry Miller was the first man to concentrate exclusively on building race cars for sale. While the Duesenberg name dominated American racing in the early '20s, it was Harry Miller that carried race design into its next era. Fred and Augie Duesenberg were responsible for many of the major technological breakthroughs that made high speeds possible: shell bearings that allowed higher engine turnover speed, centrifugal superchargers, and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. But the Duesenbergs were only concerned with building race cars to increase publicity for their road cars, and their race cars were certainly not for sale. By the late '20s, Miller was designing and building precision-tuned race cars and selling them for exorbitant price tags. He pioneered countless breakthroughs including aluminum pistons and engine blocks, off-beat carburetors, inter-cooled superchargers, and practical front-wheel drive. Miller's price tags may have been extraordinary, but not so extraordinary that the market couldn't bear them. The earnings of the car drivers and the deep pockets of the racing team sponsors made buying Miller's cars possible. Consider that in the late '20s the average working man earned around $1,500 per year and the average baseball player $7,000 per year. Babe Ruth earned $70,000 per year from 1927 to 1930. The prize for the winner of the Indy 500, provided he led a reasonable number of laps, could exceed $40,000. So it was logical for Miller to assume people would pay for his race cars, and pay they did. For almost a decade Miller cars filled up nearly the entire block at Indy. The Miller 122, front-wheel driven and supercharged, was the most masterful race car of its era and it belongs in the hall of engineering breakthroughs at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington.
Miller 91 Packard Cable Special Car