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The first eight cylinder American Automobile built in the United States was a Winton Racer called the Bullet No.2. Alexander Winton built the Bullet No.2 in 1903 after loosing some important automobile races with the four cylinder Bullet No.1.

Winton acknowledged that winning automobile races sold cars and Winton sold a lot of cars. His big red Bullet No.2 captured many world records with Winton, Barney Oldfield and Earl H. Kiser at the wheel.

In 1903 Gordon Bennett Race was held in Ireland and Winton entered the Bullet No.2. Building the Winton Racer Bullet No.2 for the Gordon Bennett Race could have been the biggest single reason for building a powerful automobile like the Bullet. However, Winton was forced to withdraw from this race because of a mechanical failure.

Alexander Winton On Bullet No. 2
Alexander Winton On Bullet No. 2

The Winton Bullet No.2 was equipped with a straight eight cylinder horizontal engine and weighed 3,400 pounds. This engine was the very first eight cylinder built in the United States. Winton knew that the conventional way of creating more horsepower by enlarging the displacement of 1, 2 or 4 cylinder engine was unreliable. The Bullet No.2 produced over 80 horsepower and at the hands of Winton, Barney Oldfield and Earl H. Kiser it captured many world records.

It was officially timed at a speed of 64.52 MPH in 1903 at a race track in New York. That same year it set a new record of 68.18 MPH at Cleveland's Glenville track. Then in 1904 at Daytona Beach it set yet another record of 83.7 MPH.

1904 Winton Magazine Ad
1904 Winton Magazine Ad

In this 1904 magazine ad The Winton Motor Carriage Co. uses the success of the Winton Bullet No.2 and Bullet No.3 along with their drivers to promote a Winton made 1904 Touring Car. Price of the Touring Car in this ad is $2500.00 completely equipped and $2300.00 without top.

Alexander Winton's Bullet No. 2 and Bullet No. 3
Alexander Winton's Bullet No. 2 and Bullet No. 3

Posing for the picture above are Barney Oldfield (right) and William Graham (left) in the Winton Bullets No.2 (right) and No.3 (left). The Winton Bullet No.3 was a third Winton Racer built to race in a lighter category.

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