1932 Ford Miller Automotive Roadster

Darin Schnabel ©2016, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

This Highboy not only looks the part, it is the part. Built by Miller Automotive, of Chino, CA, it was timed at 142.97 mph at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats on August 21, 1954. Powered by the venerable flathead, with Offenhauser aluminum heads, three 2-barrel Stromberg carburetors, a Harman and Collins magneto and a Halibrand quick-change rear end, it remains in its racing condition.

It has the patina of history, with faded metallic blue paint, gray leather upholstery, a utilitarian custom instrument panel with period black-on-white Stewart-Warner instruments, and blue carpet on the floor. On the dashboard is a brass plaque from the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) commemorating its Bonneville speed run.