16 August 1998
1932 MARMON V16 TYPE 145 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN
COACHWORK BY LEBARON
Chassis No. 16657
Silver and blue with blue leather interior
Engine: V16, 515ci., c250bhp at 3400rpm; Gearbox: 3-speed manual; Suspension: semi-elliptic leaf springs front and rear; Brakes: four wheel mechanical. Left hand drive.
In 1917, while he was a member of the Bolling Commission, Howard Marmon travelled through France and was impressed by a Bugatti sixteen cylinder aero engine that he saw running on a test stand. Marmon was a brilliant engineer and was convinced that a V16 power source would be the ultimate engine for one of his automobiles.
Like so many other automobile manufacturers of the day, Marmon wanted to compete in the luxury car market and, as a result, the Marmon Sixteen was introduced at the Chicago Auto Show in November of 1930. Unfortunately, production delays at the factory resulted in the initial deliveries taking place in April 1931 - well into the depths of the Great Depression. Even the fantastic clean styling by famed designer Walter Darwin Teague could not boost sales and only a total of 390 Marmon Sixteens were produced between 1931 and 1933. Despite these setbacks, the Sixteens were wonderful cars with very impressive performance. Every Marmon Sixteen built was certified to have covered at least five miles at Indianapolis while driving at speeds in excess of 100mph.
The car offered here is one of the most desirable Type 145 Convertible Sedans. It is one of only 11 known examples. This V16 was restored by Jim Quinlin, an automotive stylist with Ford Motor Company. During the restoration, Mr. Quinlin installed a virtually new and recently discovered Marmon V16 engine. Since its initial restoration, further work has been completed whenever necessary including having new kingpins re-machined and rebuilding the clutch, starter, generator and carburettor. More recently, a new top was fitted. The V16 has won numerous show awards including a First Place Junior with the Classic Car Club of America, followed by Senior and Senior Emeritus awards received in the 1980s. It has also scored a very credible second place at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The vendor reports that this car will definitely outrun your average J Duesenberg. It drives extremely well. The brakes and steering have a light touch. V16 Marmons are regarded as among the finest driving cars from the great Classic Era and are highly sought after.
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Please note that the chassis number for this car is 16145641 rather than 16657 as stated in the catalogue.
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