1930 Miller Indy Car Sampson Special / 2754 Vehicle Information

1930 Miller Indy Car photograph

1930 Miller Indy Car photograph

1930 Miller Indy Car photograph

1930 Miller Indy Car photograph

1930 Miller Indy Car photograph

1930 Miller Indy Car photograph

1930 Miller Indy Car photograph

1930 Miller Indy Car photograph

1930 Miller Indy Car photograph

1930 Miller Indy Car photograph

1930 Miller Indy Car photograph

1930 Miller Indy Car photograph

1930 Miller Indy Car photograph

1930 Miller Indy Car photograph

1930 Miller Indy Car photograph

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Sampson Special
Chassis #: 2754
Sold for $412,500 at 2008 RM Auctions - Joe's Garage - The MacPherson Collection.
In 1929, the AAA announced the rules for the 1930 Indianapolis race and they became known as the 'Junk Formula.' The rules were created to limit the success of the Miller race cars and create an advantage for the American car manufacturers. A two man car with a much larger engine displacement was the new norm. Riley Brett, Alden Sampson, Louis Meyer, Bud Winfield and others took the challenge to heart and created the first Sampson Special. It would be a larger racer with twin Miller 91 front drive engines mounted side-by-side, 16-cyliners in a 2000 pound car.

At Indianapolis in May 1930, Louie Meyer qualified the car second and finished the race in fourth place. Meyer continued to drive the car in 1931 and 1932. Chet Gardner took his place in 1933, 1934. In 1935, the twin Miller engines were pulled in favor of the 220 cubic-inch four-cylinder Offenhauser engine and Gardner finished sixth in that event. Harry Quinn drove the car in 1936 but DNF'd after running out of fuel.

When this car was found in southern California in 1985, it was powered by a push rod Cragar-Ford engine. This Miller Sampson Special completed a full restoration in early 2014.


2008 RM Auctions - Joe's Garage - The MacPherson Collection

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $500,000-USD $700,000 
Sale Price :
USD $412,500

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