1932 Miller 308 c.i. DOHC V-8
ln 1932, Harry Miller and Leo Goossen designed and built two revolutionary (for their time) four-wheel-drive racing cars. Powering these cars was a new 308-c.i., twin-cam V-8. Goossen employed the same revolutionary downdraft porting arrangement with this engine that was used for Miller's 303-c.i. V-1 6. Drive from the V-B came through a Miller 3-speed gearbox to a center differential from which power was distributed to the deDion front and rear axles suspended on quarter elliptic springs.
The Four Wheel Drive (FWD) Company in Clintonville, Wl, purchased one of the two four-wheel-drive cars to race at the 1932 lndy 500 as a promotional tool for the company, and Harry Miller entered the second car under his name.The cars raced unsuccessfully at lndy and elsewhere in the early 1930s, and had no opportunity to demonstrate what they could do. ln 1934, Peter de Paolo raced one of the 4WD cars in the Grand Prix of Tripolil (finishing 8th in a field of 26 cars) and in the Avus Grand Prix in Berlin.
That car was eventually broken up and the parts scattered about2. Mauri Rose drove the other 4WD car to win the 1936 FvAA Championship. That car ran at lndianapolis as late as 1938, and was raced successfully in hill climbs after World War ll.