Description

  • This is an example of the first generation of specialty cars built for paved oval speedways.
  • It was built by renowned Frank Kurtis of Kurtis-Kraft, whose cars dominated the speedway in the 1950s and 1960s.  
  • The 270 cu. in. engine runs on straight alcohol fuel (methanol or ethanol) and develops 330 hp.  
  • It participated in three Indy 500 races.

Story

Indianapolis racing cars have always represented the best of American automobile design and workmanship.  Frank Kurtis, of Kurtis-Kraft, Inc. of Los Angeles, California, was a renowned builder of some of the best Indianapolis race cars available.  Kurtis’ superbly- built cars dominated the speedway during the 1950s and 1960s.

Frank Kurtis designed this race car.  Its Meyer-Drake Offenhauser engine is fuel injected, has dual overhead camshafts, four cylinders and four valves per cylinder.  The 270 cubic inch engine runs on straight alcohol fuel (methanol or ethanol) and develops 330 H.P.  The guiding hands behind the manufacture of the famous Meyer-Drake Offenhauser engines were Harry Miller, Fred Offenhauser, Lou Meyer, Dale Drake and Leo Goossen.

Pat O’Connor drove this car in the 1955 Indianapolis 500 at an average speed of 124.644 mph, finishing 8th.  In 1956, he qualified the car at 144.980 mph and finished 18th.  Don Freeland qualified the car in 1957 at 139.649 mph, but was flagged out of the race on the 192nd lap due to oil on the track and finished 17th.

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