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Lot 609
1922 Marmon Model 34B Touring
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CHASSIS NO: 7220466

• One of only two 1922 Model 34s known to exist
• Revolutionary aluminum engine; runs great
• AACA National First award winner
• Highly original presentation - ready to tour or show


340 cid OHV aluminum six-cylinder engine, 34 HP, three-speed manual transmission, rear drum brakes, front semi-elliptic leaf springs, double transverse elliptic rear suspension; wheelbase: 136”


As World War I began, Indianapolis car and flour milling machinery manufacturer Nordyke & Marmon decided to expand into the automobile business by making an extraordinary new model. While the company’s genius engineer, Howard Marmon, may be best known for the 1931 16-cylinder model, the six-cylinder Model 34 introduced in 1916 is probably Marmon’s most innovative vehicle and projects an image of luxury, combining trend-setting design with excellent performance.

The exterior styling of the Model 34—drawn by Cleveland coachbuilder Leon Rubay—championed the beginning of streamlined automobile body shapes. When the 34 was shown at the 1916 New York Auto Show, public reaction was strong, and the Marmon factory expanded to meet demand. As a publicity stunt and to gain media attention for the new Model 34, in 1916, a Marmon 34 was driven across America in under six days, beating 'Cannonball' Baker's record by 41 hours.

This wonderful touring car is powered by an overhead-valve six-cylinder engine comprised mostly of aluminum. Aluminum was, in fact, used throughout many parts of the vehicle including the body panels, radiator and hood, creating a sports car with a weight just under 3,300 pounds - around 1,000 pounds lighter than the competition. Its 340 cubic-inch displacement produces 34 horsepower, thus its name - 'the 34'.

This particular example was sold new by Horace W. Naylor in San Diego. Its past owner was Jeff Stumb, who served as the Editor for “The Marmon News,” the newsletter for the Marmon Club. He acquired the Marmon along with his father in 2006. It’s a well-known car, having been previously owned by John Bakich, who was a major collector and tour participant with both the Horseless Carriage and AACA for many years. Under Mr. Stumb’s ownership, the Marmon earned its AACA National First and was entered into many local shows and it has completed several Glidden Tours and AACA Tours, proving itself to be a comfortable tour car. According to Mr. Stumb, there is only one other 1922 Marmon Touring that he knows to exist.

This Marmon has a proper period cream-colored body complemented by black fenders, grille and trim. The paint is very nice and quite original, with only a few small areas that have been touched up over the years. The red painted wheels add a sporting flair to the livery. The rear window features beveled glass, and the convertible top is like-new. It raises and lowers in about a minute and fits snugly. The rear-mounted spare wheel and tire are locked in place with an authentic Marmon lock.

The black vinyl interior is in excellent condition, including the two jump seats, allowing this Marmon to comfortably seat 6-8 people. The wood dash is in very nice condition as are the instruments, controls and steering wheel, and all are authentically presented. Inside the driver’s door is a locked compartment with a full set of tools. The engine compartment is where the magic of the Model 34B resides. The aluminum engine is truly a piece of automotive history and has great power and performance. Its three-speed transmission, the engine compartment, and chassis are well-detailed and correct, including the air compressor.

This award-winning Marmon really needs nothing to be enjoyed and shown. With a well-known provenance and powerful performance, this Model 34B is widely regarded, correctly restored, and will provide many opportunites to show and certainly be an ideal touring car.

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