I saw this postcard online and wondered what Mr. Taylor was selling the Bluebird for as I cold not find a cost anywhere of this particular car..:)
Photo from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
Sir Malcolm Campbell drove his beloved car known as Blue Bird straight into the record books. He became the first human being to reach 300mph behind the wheel of an automobile, that is if you want to consider the Blue Bird an automobile. This old girl was built with one thing in mind, speed and a whole lot of it.
1935 Blue Bird
This last version of the car is what Sir Malcolm Campbell used to set his major records. After reaching 251mph at Daytona Beach just a couple years prior, he now had his sights set on reaching the elusive 300mph mark. Blue Bird most definitely had the power to reach those speeds, the problem was that it was extremely difficult for the car to use all that power. There are reports that the car was still suffering from wheel spin at speeds over 200mph. Some reports even claimed it was robbing the car of 50-80mph of top speed. Even with that being said Campbell was able to coax 272mph out of the car at Daytona Beach, February of 1933.
Major Sir Malcolm Campbell MBE (11 March 1885 – 31 December 1948) was a British racing motorist and motoring journalist. He gained the world speed record on land and on water at various times during the 1920s and 1930s using vehicles called Blue Bird, including a 1921 Grand Prix Sunbeam. His son, Donald Campbell, carried on the family tradition by holding both land speed and water speed records. Click here to read more..