Lot 26 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 18th March 2020)
Registration No: PK 2812
Chassis No: 1083810
Supplied new by Pass & Joyce Ltd of West London to an army Major living in Worthing, this rare RHD Model 68 Sedan has been with the vendor for approximately twenty-five years. Originally finished in two tone green, it is known to have had new gears made and fitted in 1962 when the paintwork was also attended to. Repainted at some point in green, it is said to have an original interior. The wheels were powder coated and new tyres fitted c.2014 whilst the rear springs and steering have been refurbished. The brakes have also been fettled and the water pump overhauled. More recently, in 2019 the lights were rewired. Now described as having “very good” body, paint and engine with ‘original’ interior this rare Marmon is accompanied by an old buff logbook.
Winners of the first Indianapolis 500 race in 1911 with the famous Marmon Wasp, the Marmon name became synonymous with fine automobiles until the Great Depression greatly reduced demand for luxury cars. In 1927, Marmon introduced a 'Little Marmon' powered by a 3.1-litre L-head straight-eight which sold for half the price of previous models. For 1928, the Model 68 was introduced, being almost the same size as the Little Marmon, but with a slightly larger 3.3-litre eight. The Series 68 acquired notoriety as the type of car Marvin "Buck" Barrow, brother of Clyde Barrow of Bonnie & Clyde fame, left behind in Joplin, Missouri in 1933 after a shoot-out that left two police officers dead. Despite Marmon’s product rationalisation sales continued to be affected by the Depression and production ceased in 1933.
PLEASE NOTE: This estimate on this lot is now £25,000 - £30,000