Harry Miller was a Wisconsin-born racecar designer and engineer who innovated new engine designs and tested them on the world’s fastest racetrack: the oval of the Indianapolis 500. Legend says that 80-plus-percent of the Indy cars fielded in the 1920s were Miller designs, with at least a dozen race-winners from 1911 to 1933 when his business folded.
Harry Miller’s race team would go on after being purchased by his shop foreman and chief machinist Fred Offenhauser, who would continue the race team until the 1980s.
This 1927 Boyle Valve Special did not win the race, disappointing Miller considering he won 1926 and 1928.
This machine and its straight-eight engine is quite beautiful, making up for any limits of its front-drive design with an ultra-wide stance and gorgeous streamliner bodywork. This well-known icon in inter-war racing will go up for sale at RM Auctions Amelia Island 2015 sale in mid-March.