Well I've been doing some readings and research associated with the Ira Vail 183 Miller (I believe the first generation 183) and the financing by Leach Biltwell Motor Co of Los Angeles. In doing so I came across this Motor Age article that hints at some of Harry's apparent wheeler dealer persona, the flip side of his secretive, non-engaging self.
June 2, 1921
Miller Engine Is Absorbed by Leach Biltwell
Miller Engine Is Absorbed by Leach Biltwell Policy of New Car Corporation Present Models Will Not be Changed LOS ANGELES May 28 The Biltwell Motor Co and the Miller Engine & Foundry Works of Los have been acquired in entirety by Leach Biltwell Motor Car Co which been incorporated with a capital $5,000,000 MA Leach president founder of the motor company president and chairman of the board directors of the new company At the same time it was that the Leach Biltwell Motor would begin 100 per cent production within three weeks and also would its own engine and parts heretofore have been purchased of Los Angeles Initial production expected to be 100 cars a month will continue during the balance of year The transaction involved more $2,000,000 as the Leach Biltwell Co s financial statement as of April showed assets of more than $1,500,000. The Miller Engine & Foundry was owned by Harry A Miller builder engines for automobile racers patents covering a new engine for the Leach car have been acquired by the corporation Mr Miller becomes second vice president and a director the new company and also will the building of the new engine John T Dye southern California dealer becomes first vice president of the new company Gray M Skidmore treasurer and James H Faircloth secretary The board of directors increased from seven to fifteen The policy of the new corporation not be changed and all present models of the Leach will continue.
Edited by carl s, 09 October 2012 - 04:06.