1911 Oakland RoadsterSOLD
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Estimate: $40,000-$60,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $74,250

30hp, 201.1 cu. in. inline
four-cylinder engine, three-speed sliding gear transmission,
front semi-elliptic leaf springs, rear full elliptical leaf springs, and rear mechanical breaks. Wheelbase: 100"

The marque may have only been around for 24 years and it may no longer be a household name, but Oakland Motor Cars sure made its mark on the American automobile scene in the first half of the twentieth century with its stylish, yet powerful cars.

“The Car with a Conscience” as was its motto, the Oakland Motor Car Company found its roots in the Pontiac Buggy Company. The two founders, Edward Murphy and Alanson Brush, had a desire to enter the automotive age and used Brush’s small, two-cylinder car, which Cadillac had rejected, as a platform into this growing fast-paced world.

Slow sales of the early models in 1908 must have convinced Murphy that Cadillac had been right in rejecting the Brush-designed twin, because the company soon switched to four-cylinder models. The Oakland Model 24 was introduced in 1910 with a 100-inch wheelbase as a two-passenger runabout. The Model 24 itself was fast, and although it was overshadowed by the larger Ford Model K, it performed very well in competition, achieving a first place finish in the summer of 1911 at the Wilkes-Barre Hill Climb in the 161 to 230 cubic inch displacement class, taking the $75 dollar pot along with it.

The rare 1911 Oakland Model 24 Roadster presented here is a equipped with a four-cylinder engine, in great overall condition with a well-preserved older restoration. Sporting a wonderful paint scheme, it is primarily finished in white with decorative gray edging and pin stripes accentuating the charming little body. Under the handsome black canvas top, the interior is in a very presentable condition with black leather upholstery and a wood instrument dash-panel.

Mr. McMullen purchased the Oakland in the mid-nineties from RM Auctions at the Detroit Hilton/Meadow Brook Auction, and has since participated in two Michigan Brass and Gas touring events with it. Though it has been a while since its restoration, the Oakland Roadster has been kept in exceptional mechanic and cosmetic condition. This 1911 Model 24 Oakland Roadster offers any collector a fun-loving and stylish automobile that will undoubtedly be a true rarity at any Brass Era friendly event.

Reference Number 8704

as of 4/18/2007

Car 1911 Oakland Roadster
VIN 6206 
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