Eddie Pullen won the American Grand Prix at Santa Monica of 1914 in a '450' Mercer averaging 77.2 mph over a 403 mile road course. A new American record at Corona, California averaging 87.89 m.p.h. a flat course world record.
The chassis was a standard type 35 raceabout unit of 112 inches along with the raceabout 4-speed transmission. Two type '450' Mercers have survived and one is powered by the famous Eddie Pullen record breaking engine. Model 45s were among the front-runners at many races, including the Indianapolis 500 and the Vanderbilt Cup. Pullen was leading the Vanderbilt Cup ahead of Barney Oldfield's Type 45 before tire failure put him and the car out of race. Pullen managed to repair it for the start of the Grand Prix 48 hours later, going on to clock an average speed of nearly 80 mph for the 403 mile race.
This was the first American Car to win the American Grand Prix: At Santa Monica California on 2/23/14 averaging 77.2mph for 403.248 miles.
A Type 45 Mercer broke the world racing speed record: Eddie Pullen averaged 87.8 mph for 300 miles at Carona California on Nov 26, 1914.
Eddie Pullen, Ralph DePalma, Barney Oldfield, Spencer Wishart along with Joe Thomas and Grover Ruckstell all drove type 45 Mercers with great success from 1913 through 1916.