1932 Marmon Sixteen Victoria CoupeSOLD
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Estimate: $200,000-$250,000 US

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $302,500

Specifications:
200bhp, 490 cu. in. overhead valve 45 degree V16 engine, three-speed transmission, leaf spring and solid axle front suspension, leaf spring and live axle rear suspension, four-wheel servo assisted mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 145"

Today, we are left to admire Howard Marmon ’ s legacy, and to wonder what might have become of the mighty Sixteen had times been better.

The deck certainly seemed stacked in its favor. In addition to its advanced specification, the Sixteen ’ s styling was equally ahead of its time. Although the bodies were built by LeBaron – and carried that company ’ s prestigious cowl tags – it was a father and son team of industrial designers who penned the car ’ s svelte lines.

Although credit is conventionally given to Walter Dorwin Teague Sr., it was his son who sketched the lines and details that ultimately entered production. A student at MIT, Walter Dorwin Teague Jr. was a gifted designer who would go on to design some of the most influential automobiles of his time.

His talent was abundantly evident in the lines of the new Marmon Sixteen. Sleek and graceful, its appearance belied its huge size. An almost complete lack of gratuitous ornamentation allowed the intrinsic beauty of the car ’ s lines to shine through. Composed of simple shapes with bold beltlines, low rooflines and raked windshields, the cars were both elegant and imposing.

Particularly appealing is the Victoria coupe, as offered here. The car ’ s close-coupled look lends a sporting appearance to what is otherwise a most practical car, capable of carrying four passengers in supreme comfort, driving all day at speeds guaranteed to attract unfavorable attention, even on today ’ s Interstates.

The example offered here was acquired by the John E. Morgan collection in January of 1986 from Doris Olive Flynn. Approximately six years later, a comprehensive two-year professional restoration by the noted restoration firm, Stone Barn, Inc. was undertaken and according to the JEM museum records, total costs were approximately $164,000. Following the restoration, the car was awarded an AACA Senior award dated 1990.

Finished in an elegant period combination of two-tone gray, the dove gray bodywork is accented with darker gray fenders and aprons and a dark gray leather top. The interior is finished in complementary dark gray leather. The car is well equipped, with six chrome wire wheels with chromed metal covers, accessory rear view mirrors, and rear mounted trunk.

The quality of the car remains very high today, and shows very little evidence of use since completion. Paint and chrome quality are first rate, and the engine bay is very nicely detailed. Trim and upholstery are essentially as new, although some minor seam separation on the driver ’ s seat will require attention. Dash and instrumentation are well detailed. An AACA National First Place earned in 1993 attests to the quality of the restoration; in addition, the car was awarded the coveted President ’ s Cup at the National Fall Meet in 1993. Most recently, the Marmon was also an award winner at Pebble Beach, adding even further accolade to the car ’ s impressive history.

While in the Morgan Collection, it was always carefully maintained by the collection staff, so much so this remarkable Marmon was observed to run and drive very well and is a fit CCCA tour car ready to enjoy on weekends or long distance events.

The writer has had the opportunity to drive other examples of the marque, and can report that the Sixteen ’ s performance is without parallel in its era. This performance, combined with the elegant and practical Victoria coupe body will make this wonderful Marmon Sixteen a favorite in any collection.

Reference Number 11224

as of 7/14/2007

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Car 1932 Marmon Sixteen Victoria Coupe
VIN 16142767 
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