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Death of a Classic (Marmon)

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Its been an interesting week. I found three Marmons here locally. All are in very bad condition. The one I found today is very sad indeed. The owner was going to send it to the crusher and I have about a week to make a decision on whether to save it or let it go. It makes me sad to see a car that used to be a real classic in this condition. Let me know what you think. save or scrap.

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Save it for sure. There are some good pieces in that mess, and it shouldn't go to scrap. Someone would make a speedster out of it, or use it for parts in another restoration....can you get it for scrap price?

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Yes. The owner was told he could get 600 dollars for scrap. He will sell it to me for the same. An interesting thing I noticed is the hood is made of aluminum. Was this common?

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I can't imagine any universe where that isn't worth $600. I know little about Marmons, but I'd say that the spare tire holder, complete with handle and lock, is worth a third to a half of that to someone......

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Yes certainly has possibilities as a speedster. It looks to be quite a big car - my guess is that it is a 1927 - ish Model 75. The appearance of the engine is different to the later Model 78. I am no Marmon expert but I would say that a Marmon enthusiast would jump at the chance to rescue it. Assuming it is a 75 it is a CCCA approved classic.

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Just my 2 cents so....

Save what is left if you can.

My 1928 Whippet Cabriolet was left on a beach on the north shore of Lake Erie before WWII to the point that the wood wheels sank in the sand, wood in the body rotted, gauges were smashed out, seat frames rusted away and someone decided to haul it out. My Dad bought it after several guys worked on it and then sold it to him at this point.

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While NOT a Marmon, it is a keeper and most do not know what a Whippet is let alone a Marmon so........

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Maybe, just maybe someone has a vision!

Doug

BCA# 35039

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$600 sounds high for scrap but low for a Marmon. I would find out the price of scrap and buy it for that price. If you don't want it you can sell it or part it out. Worst case, no one wants it, you can get your money back for scrap.

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I'd pay $600 for it in a flash. I doubt it but is there a title or any documentation? If you bought It I would give you your money back!

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The owner told me it was a touring car but after further inspection I found four full framed doors so I believe it is a sedan. There is also a touring car type windshield in the pile.

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Just realised it has to be a Model 75 as the later (and smaller!) Marmons were all 8s! The 75 engine is a good size for a powerful speedster at 336 cid. It is a big car though - wheelbase is 136".

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Are the Radio Flyer tubs included in the deal? ;)

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Looks to be a double fire engine. Distributor is worth about that much. Actually looks to have many usable parts as the rust seems to be mostly surface. Would you happen to be able to get the serial # and chassis #? These cars had Fedco id plates on the dash.

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You know people pay more than $600. for Model T Fords in that condition and build speedsters. Just looked in the Standard Catalog of American Cars 1805-1942 and Marmon offered a FACTORY speedster body on that chassis. After you buy it get some original literature and photos. Good luck with the project. Bob ..........................saves like this should be encouraged

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I didn't say it before but by all means save this car. I have one that is probably identical (1927 E-75 Locke body sedan)and would buy it in a flash if I were near. This is worth saving!

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Buy it quick, before someone throws dirt, chicken feathers, and wood around it, and calls it a "barn find". Then the price would be $6K instead of $600.

Just venting. Honestly, it looks like a good start.

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I believe that it is certainly worth saving.

I can see many parts which would be of use, either in building something from this, or in restoring another existing Marmon.

Certainly worth the asking price, in my opinion.

If I were closer, younger, and had the financial resources.......

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Yes it is sad my father could not restore this classic. My mother said scrap it. I told here there would be someone out there that would be sick if they knew I did that.

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