When it comes to automotive research facilities there’s nothing like Nethercutt.
In April, 1921, a 16-year-old Wellington Everett Miller went to work as a draftsman assistant at the Pasadena-based Walter M. Murphy Company, remembered today for their magnificent creations on the Duesenberg chassis. Later hired as a body designer by the Packard Motor Co. and, in 1935, the chief designer for the Advance Auto Body Works, W.E. Miller’s would span over 70 years in the automotive industry. He was the chief engineer of Crown Body and Coach Corp before the beginning of WWII and, during the conflict, worked in the preliminary design department of the Lockheed Aircraft Co.
A mathematician and a creative designer whose most famous creation was the Arrowhead 3-wheeled prototype, W.E. Miller might also be considered something of a packrat—good news for any enthusiast of historic automotive history.
Upon his April 6, 1983 death, resulting from complications from a massive stroke suffered one month earlier, W.E. Miller’s 70 years in the business of producing some of the world’s most luxurious and innovative cars resulted in an extensive portfolio and automobile reference library.
Acquired by the Nethercutt Museum in Sylmar, California, W.E. Miller’s collection is the backbone of a the Nethercutt Automotive Library and Archive now considered one of the top 10 automotive libraries in the world.
Materials housed in the library include a database on The Nethercutt Collection—home to more than 130 of the world’s greatest antique, vintage, classic, and special interest automobiles including many top winners of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance—contain technical manuals, promotional material and sales literature from throughout the automotive age, along with biographies of great motoring engineers. Complete runs of automotive trade journals abound, along with rare owner’s manuals, plans and engineering documents of automobile coachbuilders dating from 1900 to 1940.
For more information, go to http://nethercuttcollection.org.