If you’ve never had the chance to take a ride in a brass-era car, make sure you do so in your time on this big blue ball. It’ll make you think differently about this old car hobby of ours. Count yourself especially lucky if you get the chance to take a ride in a brass-era speedster like this 1911 Marmon Model 32 for sale on Hemmings.com, something with just two narrow bucket seats, plenty of performance potential even with less than 100 horsepower, and almost nothing to protect you from the wind. From the seller’s description:
Former AACA Grand National First Place winner and one of only three or four in existence. Beautiful, rare, and fast with 12V starter for easy touring.
This 1911 Model 32 speedster represents the pinnacle of road-going performance in 1911, and served as a template for many of the big names that would follow, most notably Stutz and Mercer. A former AACA Grand National First Prize winner, it has been restored to better-than-new condition in every way, and is ideally set up to be driven and enjoyed with a few clever and well-engineered modifications.
With its cream bodywork beautifully restored, this speedster looks highly authentic and projects an air of performance, even when sitting still. All the original bodywork remains with the car – nothing was reproduced during the restoration – and suggests that this car has always been treated as an object of great value. All the brass was refinished when the car was restored, and today carries a light patina that is entirely appropriate, with only the faintest signs of age, all of which could be erased with an afternoon of light buffing.
Accommodations for two are handsomely trimmed in brown leather, with matching brown floorboards trimmed in brass. A full complement of instruments, including a Warner speedometer, a fuel level gauge, and an oil pressure gauge, as well as a rim-wind, clock offer a surprisingly complete look at the vehicle’s vitals on the road. A 12-volt battery that spins the modern electric starter has been stashed in the dashboard’s storage compartment (without an on-board generator, periodic charging is required), while the ignition continues to use a magneto system.
The Model 32′s 318-cubic-inch inline-four cylinder engine was rated at a modest 32 horsepower, but between the massive pistons, the long-stroke crankshaft and the car’s relatively light curb weight, acceleration is more than impressive. Easily able to keep up with modern traffic, with a top speed somewhat above 70 MPH if you have the courage, this is an exceptionally potent 100-year-old machine. The engine was fully rebuilt and starts quickly using either the hand crank or (preferably) the electric starting system, which was neatly and cleverly integrated into the exposed flywheel, made possible by Marmon’s use of a technologically advanced rear-mounted transaxle. The underhood area is beautifully detailed, with clear, shiny black porcelain on the manifolds and cylinder jugs themselves, and a massive aluminum crankcase.
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