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Fun in the Sun – A Marmon on the Beach in California

Summer has really lived up to it’s billing in the last couple of days here at The Old Motor. We’ve had some ideal beach weather, and although we haven’t been able to get away, these young ladies and their faithful canine companion managed to do so a few seasons ago. It appears that the car may be a 1925 Marmon Model 74. Marmons of this era were well engineered and while the article below from the September 16, 1926 issue of Automotive Industries magazine describes a 1927 model 75, the big touring car in our feature photo shared many of the advanced features mentioned there.


An innovator in the use of aluminum in their engines and bodies, Marmon also used a thin, deep “L” channel steel for their frames  to save additional weight rather than the customary “U” channel of the day. Running boards were used as stressed members to reinforce the side rails. You can read more about the mechanical advances of these cars in the accompanying article (above). Our feature photo appears to be either a Marmon factory or a California dealer’s promotional image. A short biography of company founder Howard C. Marmon from Hemmings Classic car can be found here.


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3 Responses to Fun in the Sun – A Marmon on the Beach in California

  1. Joseph Freeman says:

    Nice car! Nice girls! However, I wonder what they had to do to dig that sucker out of the sand once they took the photos. Without any knowledge of four wheel drive, they would have needed boards, a lot of workers, or (Heaven help us) horses!

  2. Tony Costa says:

    I love the unusual picture as well as Marmon. I’m owned by several
    early ones. My 1914 Model 48 chassis is the most interesting. It has 572
    cubic inches(the Wasp has 450), a 145 inch wheelbase, a 3.52 to 1 rear
    end ratio and a 5 foot 2 inch aluminum hood that has no spare room
    under it. Marmon invented a device that allows the wheel to be
    mounted directly over the center of the king pin and the claim was that
    it could turn in a circle of about 42 ft. Large trucks adopted this
    invention in the ’50′s. The Model 48 (’13, ’14, ’15) was the only car
    ever to have this invention.
    In 1911 Marmon offered the first truck with dual rear pneumatic
    tires. In 1907, an air cooled, overhead valve V8 was offered for $5,000.
    It had a 128 inch wheelbase, weighed 3,650 lbs., had a 707 cubic inches,
    3 to 1 rear end ratio, would do 2.5 to 60 mph on high, and got 12 MPG.
    Marmon raced the new Model “32″ in 1909. A perfect score was had
    in the Glidden Tour. Out of 20 races entered: 10 firsts, 6 seconds, 7
    thirds. The first race entered was at the new un-paved Indy track. Ray
    Harroun took first place in a 300 cubic inch 4 cyl. averaging 71 MPH.
    Model “32′s” could be taken off the show rooms, stripped, and be
    serious threats to race cars( due to full pressure oiling and a
    suspension that extended tire life).” As of Aug. 1910 Marmon held 61
    out of 70 official racing speed records, including all in the two-class
    range from 231 to 450 CID. By the end of the season Ray Harroun
    was National AAA Driving Champion.” Nuff said, but it goes on and on.
    Marmon, one of the best marques America has ever had!

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