Donald Campbell set a new World Land Speed Record of 403.10mph/648.73kph in this car on 17 July 1964 at Lake Eyre, South Australia.
Bluebird cost £1 million to make and was powered by a Bristol-Siddeley Proteus 4,100hp gas turbine engine.
The tail fin was a late addition, after a disastrous crash at Bonneville, Utah in 1960. Lake Eyre was then chosen because it was a desolate, flat, salt plain. However, untypical rain became one of a series of frustrating delays that dragged the record attempt on for two years.
When the record was finally attained, Campbell returned to water speed record breaking.
To celebrate the land speed record, Campbell drove CN7 through the streets of the South Australian capital, Adelaide, to a presentation at city hall before a crowd of in excess of 200,000 people.
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