1965 Goldenrod Land Speed Race Car

Date:
1965
Creator:
Summers, Bill and Bob Summers | Summers Brothers Racing, LLC
Publisher/Studio:
Chrysler Corporation

In November 1965 this sleek car flashed across Utah's Bonneville salt flats to break the world speed record for wheel driven (as opposed to jet or rocket powered) cars. One key to its success was its long, slim shape that minimized wind resistance. The other key was the clever engineering that packed four Chrysler "Hemi" engines and the machinery to drive all four wheels inside that slim shape. Goldenrod's record of 409.277 miles per hour stood until 1991. Builders Bob and Bill Summers were part of an automobile culture unique to Southern California. Read more »

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
2002.103.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

1933 Willys Drag Racer

Date:
1933
Creator:
Willys-Overland Motor Company | Montgomery, George

Cars like this gasoline-burning coupes and sedans nicknamed "gassers" were enormously popular with drag racing fans in the 1950s and 1960s. Between 1959 and 1966 this Willys and its owner/builder/driver "Ohio George" Montgomery won its class at the National Hot Rod Association national championships six times. Willys were small economy cars in the 1930s but their light weight made them favorites with drag racers. Montgomery was a talented mechanic and machinist who frequently modified his "World's Wildest Willys" to keep it competitive over the years. Read more »

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
2003.20.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

1906 Locomobile "Old 16" Race Car

Date:
1906
Creator:
Andrew L. Riker | Locomobile Company of America

In 1908 George Robertson drove this car to victory in the Vanderbilt Cup, America's first great automobile race. It marked the first time an American car had won a major international race. Built at a cost of $20,000 (at a time when a decent house could be had for $1,500), the Locomobile set the fastest lap in the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup, but repeated tire failures resulted in a tenth place finish. There was no race in 1907, but in 1908, shod with improved tires and wearing race number 16, the thundering Locomobile swept to victory. It has been known forever after as "Old 16".

Description (physical):

Engine: Locomobile inline 4-cylinder, overhead intake valves, side exhaust valves, 990 cu. in., 120 hp

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124
Identifier:
97.9.1.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford.
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