A chronological selection of absolute Land Speed Record cars.
Eldridge FIAT Mephistopheles LSR Car - Ernest Eldridge’s LSR car Mephistopheles was a 1908 FIAT Grand Prix chassis combined with a FIAT A.12bis aircraft engine. The car set an LSR in 1924, which was the last achieved on a public street.
Duesenberg-Milton Land Speed Record Car - Built solely to set speed records, the twin-engine Duesenberg-Milton record car set a US speed record of 156.046 mph (251.131 km/h) in 1920 that was not surpassed internationally until 1926.
Blue Bird LSR Car Part 1: 350HP Sunbeam (1923-1925) - The Sunbeam 350HP set a LSR driven by Kenelm Lee Guinness in 1922, and then by Malcolm Campbell in 1924 and 1925. The 350HP was the first of Campbell’s famous Blue Bird LSR cars.
Djelmo Land Speed Record Car - Built in France by Italian engineer Edmond Moglia and funded by Egyptian Prince Djelaleddin, the Djelmo car was intended to set a world speed record in Britain driven by Italian Giulio Foresti.
Blue Bird LSR Car Part 2: Napier-Campbell (1927-1929) - Powered by a Lion W-12 engine, the Napier-Campbell Blue Bird was built solely to set world absolute speed records. While it did achieve this goal, the records did not come easy for Malcolm Campbell.
Sunbeam 1,000 hp Mystery Slug LSR Car - Henry Segrave, Louis Coatalen, and John Irving combined their respective talents to create the Sunbeam 1,000 hp Mystery Slug. On 29 March 1927, the car set a new Land Speed Record at over 200 mph (322 km/h).
Lockhart Stutz Black Hawk LSR Car - In 1928, Frank Lockhart built a land speed record car known as the Stutz Black Hawk Special. The car achieved record-setting speeds, but was destroyed in a crash that killed Lockhart.
Irving-Napier Golden Arrow LSR Car - Driven by Henry Segrave and designed by John Irving, the Irving-Napier Golden Arrow set a new Land Speed Record at over 231 mph (372 km/h) on 11 March 1929. It was Segrave’s last land record.
Smith-Harkness Anzac LSR Car - Australian driver Norman “Wizard” Smith had won just about every auto race he entered, so he turned his sights to Land Speed Records. His first attempt was in the Rolls-Royce Eagle-powered Anzac in 1930.
Sunbeam Silver Bullet LSR Car - The twin-engine Silver Bullet was Sunbeam’s last attempt at setting a World Land Speed Record. The car was beset with issues, and Kaye Don was only able to achieve 186 mph, far below the 250-mph (400-km/h) goal.
Fred H. Stewart Enterprise (Smith-Harkness) LSR Car - Designed by Don Harkness and driven by Wizard Smith, the 1,450 hp Fred H. Stewart Enterprise was intended to capture various LSRs. A multitude of issues resulted in the car only setting a 10-mile record.
Blue Bird LSR Car Part 3: Campbell-Napier-Railton (1931-1932) - The Campbell-Napier-Railton Blue Bird was a Reid Railton redesign of Malcolm Campbell’s earlier LSR car. The racer carried Campbell beyond the 250 mph (400 km/h) mark in 1932.
Blue Bird LSR Car Part 4: Campbell-Railton-Rolls-Royce (1933-1935) - To reach higher speeds, Malcolm Campbell’s Blue Bird LSR car was modified with a 2,500 hp Rolls-Royce R engine. With new bodywork, the car surpassed 300 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1935.
Eyston Thunderbolt Land Speed Record Car - In 1937, George Eyston designed and built his eight-wheeled, twin Rolls-Royce R-powered LSR car, Thunderbolt. In two years, Eyston set three LSRs, the last at 357.50 mph (575.34 km/h).
Cobb Railton Land Speed Record Car - John Cobb’s Railton was the last LSR car of the piston-powered, wheel-driven era. Designed by Reid Railton, the twin-engine, all-wheel-drive car set three LSRs, the last of which was unbroken for 25 years.
Mercedes-Benz T80 (Type 80) LSR Car - Powered by a 3,000 hp (2,240 kW) DB 603 aircraft engine, the Mercedes-Benz T80 was built to capture the world land speed record for Germany. Because of WWII, the car was never finished.