Unique Miller V16 Racing Car Up for Auction
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“The Millers of the Chuck Davis Collection that RM will be featuring at the 2009 Sports & Classics of Monterey event are indeed highly prized pieces of racing innovation and design and are highly illustrative of Miller’s mechanical legacy,” said Ian Kelleher, President and Chief Operating Officer of RM Auctions.
“They are truly important Miller prewar racing cars and their offering is already attracting strong interest from around the world,” he added.
The 1931 Miller V16 was the only V-16-powered racing car that Harry Miller ever built, and found its way into the Chuck Davis Collection in 1978. A long time collector and Miller enthusiast, Davis restored the car to its former glory piece by piece. The car was finally reassembled in 1992 and after mechanical testing, it was put back to its 1932 Indianapolis successful configuration.
Painted light gray with contrasting numbers, it went on to make its first appearance at the 1993 Monterey Historic Races and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Its upcoming offering at RM's Sports & Classics of Monterey auction marks the first time it has come to market in over 30 years. The car is expected to fetch between $600,000 and $1 million.
But the 1931 model will not be alone at the Monterrey auction. The 1927 Miller 91 rear drive car will be joining it, a recreation of the legendary Frank Lockhart Muroc Lake Land Speed Car and featuring the specially built Miller engine from that car.
RM Auctions Sports & Classics of Monterey auction event will be held at the Portola Hotel and Spa, Monterey, California, August 13 – 15. Admission to the auction is $40 per person, while an official auction catalog is available for an additional $100.
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