You heard it here first. Not even on the Mecum Web site yet. So you have a leap on your other bidder pals.. Be the first to ask your Uncle Morty for money.. He only has so much.. Now is the time to get it all.
Miss America VIII a 1929 Gar Wood will be on the block at the Mecum Auction in Kissimmee FLA on January 24-29, Osceola Heritage Park. This is a very fun event to fly down to. Tons and tons of very cool cars, and some of the usual boat gang is there. Plus you get to get a sun burn in January. Thats worth the trip alone. More on the engines and stuff here…
Miller V16 marine engines created specifically for Miss America VIII by Harry Miller so Gar Wood could make a run at the speed record. These were installed after winning the 1929 and 1931 Harmsworth trophies using Packards. They are the only two in the world and original to Miss America VIII.
1113 cubic inch
Set up now @ 8:1 comp. runs on pump 93 octane gas
960 hp @ 4500 rpm on dyno. Designed to run at 6000 rpm, why take that chance?
Each engine originally fitted with two roots type superchargers (1800hp in that configuration)
One crankshaft, reconfigured with modern bearing inserts, no longer uses babitt bearings
One new block chosen from over 40 new castings to get a good one!
Zakira’s Garage has complete set of drawings and bluebrints
All rods replaced with newer metals which are stronger than originals, originals were kept.
Complete picture history of rebuilds
One engine ran at Hershey many years ago as an exhibition.
Inertia starter which a small electric motor spools up a flywheel. Around 6500 rpm, then spins the engine 3-5 seconds when released!
Lot # 239 1929 Gar Wood “Miss America VIII”
38′ Rum Runner reproduction with Liberty V12
24′ Gravette Streamliner
32′ Custom “Miss Universe” V12 750 HP Motor
29′ Ditchburn Viking, 6 cyl. Kermath
1955 Chris Craft 18′ Cobra Serial # 001
That’s right! The first 18′ Cobra produced and entered in the Lake Tahoe Parade!
Stay tuned for more news as it comes in..