1915 Oakland SpeedsterSOLD
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Estimate: $90,000-$120,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $104,500

39.5hp, 192.4 cu. in.,
four-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, front and rear semi-elliptic suspension with solid axles, rear two-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase 112"

Today, many think that the Oakland was only a precursor to Pontiac. However, in its day it was one of the brightest jewels in the crown of General Motors. Billy Durant acquired the company from its founder in 1909, building on its reputation for being able to deliver performance, hence its slogan, “Built for the man who demands proof.” For the 1915 model year, three separate series of Oakland were marketed, with the Model 37s being considered the best of the power-houses, even doing better than the marque’s own six-cylinder models.

One look at this car and you can just imagine the thrill it must have been to be behind the wheel of this open speedster at full throttle. Being rather nimble and quite peppy, the drive had to have been exhilarating. According to the Pontiac-Oakland Club International, this is believed to be the only Model 37 Speedster left in existence, which means that in order to experience the excitement of such a ride, you would have to be the highest bidder on this lot.

Acquired by the McMullen Collection during the mid-nineties, it was treated to a complete professional restoration and was ready for the show circuit in 1995. Finished in a conservative shade of Dove Gray accented by red leather bucket seats, its is tastefully accented in nickel plated trim which blends in well with this early American sports car.

Take a close look at the detail; the fit and finish of this beauty reveals the craftsmanship and attention to detail given to this car, bringing it back to as close to an authentic presentation as possible. Shortly after being restored it was exhibited at the Pontiac-Oakland Nationals, where it was awarded Best of Show among dozens of competitors.

With the object to save weight for the speed, it is still equipped with the basic amenities including the one-man folding top with oval-cut glass backlight, plus electrically operated headlights and taillamp. Under the hood, even the engine and its accessories look to be factory fresh with all the wiring clean and tight while even the brass fittings are polished to a lustrous shine.

While the Oakland name may have been retired at the end of the 1931 season, the car it spawned, Pontiac, is still alive and kicking. Imagine, owning this car is like laying claim to the only surviving great-grandfather of the GTO. Exceptionally well presented, this Oakland Speedster is worthy of close inspection on account of its rarity, high quality and inherent historical importance.

Reference Number 8705

as of 4/18/2007

Car 1915 Oakland Speedster
VIN 372702 
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