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Missing: the most advanced vehicle that Harry A. Miller ever built – Daniel Strohl @Hemmings

Missing: the most advanced vehicle that Harry A. Miller ever built – Daniel Strohl @Hemmings

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The 2020 edition of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will feature Indianapolis 500-winning Miller race cars and other noteworthy competition vehicles in its recently announced class dedicated to the cars of Harry A. Miller. However, it likely won’t include Miller’s one attempt at building the ne plus ultra of passenger cars, the four-wheel-drive V-16 Miller-Burden of 1932.

Miller, a former race mechanic for Oldsmobile, made a sizeable fortune a hundred years ago in Los Angeles with his carburetor business – a fortune that he leveraged to build some of the most successful racing machines of the Twenties and Thirties, powered by a series of Peugeot-inspired dual-overhead camshaft four- and eight-cylinder engines.

Auto historian Griffith Borgeson has described Miller as “the greatest creative figure in the history of the American racing car,” but others have described him as more of an artist or perhaps the world’s best salesman, and much of the genius behind Miller’s success came from draftsman Leo Goossen and machinist Fred Offenhauser.

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The Best of Monterey Car Week Events 2018 – Six Part Series – Dmitriy Shibarshin @WestCoastShipping

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A really good six parter on the events of Monterey Car Week 2018 which inludes some excellent photography.

Part 1 – The Start

Part 2 –  Porsches, BMW’s & Bonhams

Part3 –  Auctions, Lemons and Logistic

Part4 –  The Night Before The Concours

Part 5 – Dawn Patrol

Part 6 – Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Gary Cooper’s 1935 Duesenberg SSJ crosses the block at Pebble Beach

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The former Gary Cooper 1935 Duesenberg SSJ with coachwork by Herbert Newport Junior from the Miles Collier Collections will be up for sale at the Gooding & Company 2018 Pebble Beach auctions

The estimate on the car is expected to be in excess of $10,000,000.

DRIVING IMPRESSIONS

At the Wheel of the SSJ by David Gooding

Each time I drive a Duesenberg, I am impressed by the car’s wonderfully over-the-top exuberance – its extraordinary scale, immense power, and brash, showy character. The Model J is a distinctly American creation, and yet it’s unlike any other car built in Detroit or Indiana during the classic era.

Then there is the SSJ, which is something else altogether. With its 400 hp, twin-carb, supercharged engine and lightweight roadster body, this is no ordinary Duesenberg. Visually, it is the archetypal prewar sports car – with an impossibly long hood, radically raked windscreen, rear-mounted spare, and four gleaming pipes bursting from the engine bay. The SSJ is a seriously fast car, one that will leave most European thoroughbreds in its dust.

Unlike many of its contemporaries, the SSJ is quite friendly to drive. It shifts easily, has powerful brakes, and has really impressive handling – balanced and predictable, with light steering. Open the exhaust cutout and it makes a thundering, straight-eight roar, accompanied by glorious noises on overrun.

The SSJ is the original factory-built hot rod and, without hesitation, the most exciting, enjoyable American classic I have ever driven. If only Duesenberg had started building cars like this in 1928 instead of 1935….

Great video here from the Gooding & Company channel on YouTube

The listing and an excellent history of the car can be found here

Here’s Gary with a 1931 Duesenberg