Cliff Durant commissioned Harry A. Miller to build the 'Baby Chevrolet' in the spring of 1919. The original car, finished in early 1920, was first powered by a disappointing iron 4-cylinder Miller engine. Under Tommy Milton's guardianship, an 8-cylinder Duesenberg engine was installed in early fall of 1920. This combination also proved unsuccessful. On October 2, 1920, Milton ordered a new Miller engine, the design executed by Leo Gosseen. Milton raced the newly engined chassis with great success. The original car was destroyed in a racing accident on September 17, 1922, in Kansas City, MO. Only the engine was salvageable.
This car was built (2005-2010) by Bill Castle (from age 85-90) as an intellectual-engineering-fabrication challenge to duplicate the original car. It gave new life to the original 183 cubic-inch, double overhead cam, 8-cylinder engine.