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Die-cast: Replicarz’s 1927 Indy-winning Duesenberg

Souders’ Duesenberg a gorgeous racer … 1927 Duesenberg, Indy 500 winner

Replicarz, the Vermont-based die-cast car distributor, has been making an exclusive line of cast resin Indy 500 winners for years.  Lately it has turned its considerable attention to Indy-winning Duesenbergs from the 1920s.

The cars won in 1924, 1925 and 1927 and the latest  1/18 scale beauty in the lineup is that last Duesenberg to win. It looks terrific. Continue reading Die-cast: Replicarz’s 1927 Indy-winning Duesenberg

Die-cast: Replicarz’s 1926, 1929 Indy 500 winning Millers

Small scale Indy-winning Millers simply beautiful

The 1926 Indy 500-winning Miller
The 1926 Indy 500-winning Miller.

Back before hearing the word “Miller” made us think of beer, the name meant winning at the Indianapolis 500, and elsewhere on the nation’s numerous board tracks. That’s right, they used to make race track surfaces out of wood!

Millers were simple yet sleek racers that the best drivers, or their sponsors, bought to race at the highest levels throughout North America. Indy was, and is, the crown jewel, and Miller racers were the cars to beat in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Now, Replicarz has produced two Indy 500 winners in 1:43 scale and in the limited quantities of just 250 each. Due to be released shortly are the 1926 Miller Special driven by Frank Lockhart, and the 1929 Simplex Miller driven to victory by Ray Keech. Replicarz’s earlier gold Miller driven by three-time winner Louis Meyer, sold out. So snagging one of these early probably would be wise, as only 250 of each are to be made.

The 1929 Indianapolis 500-winning Miller.
The 1929 Indianapolis 500-winning Miller.

The History

Harry Miller was a noted engine maker and race car designer. Cars he designed won the Indy 500 nine times and three more times cars that were using his engines won the race. I’d say “think Roger Penske” as far as success, but Penske never designed cars or engines himself.

Millers, which were front-wheel-drive, were so dominant that they made up 83% of the Indianapolis fields from 1923 through 1928. Miller’s won 73 of 92 major U.S. auto races from 1922-29 and in 1929, 27 of the 33 racers in the Indy 500 were Millers.

After working with Ransom Olds (remember Oldsmobile?) early on and creating the first aluminum pistons and then the aluminum alloys used in engines, Miller became wealthy from a carburetor business he started. Continue reading Die-cast: Replicarz’s 1926, 1929 Indy 500 winning Millers