Chassis #: 611017
Introduced in Indianapolis in 1902, a Marmon automobile - the famous 'Marmon Wasp' - went on to win the first Indianapolis 500 race in 1911 - the same year this Marmon was built. Marmon continued to produce fine automobiles until the depression greatly reduced the sales of luxury cars. Production would end in 1933. They made a variety of models culminating in their famous V16 models introduced in 1931.
This 1911 Model 32 Speedster was introduced in 1909 and formed the basis for the famed Marmon Wasp. The Wasp won the first Indianapolis 500 race in 1911 with an average speed of 74 miles per hour. The engine is a 318 cubic-inch four-cylinder producing 32 horsepower (hence the model 32 designation) coupled by a driveshaft to a three-speed transaxle mounted at the rear. It was installed on a 120-inch wheelbase chassis.
From at least 1938, this car has been owned and well maintained by antique car collectors and has participated in numerous events and tours. This Marmon has a storied history; it participated in the first Horseless Carriage Car Club tour in 1948. In 1971 it was sold to Harrah's Automobile Collection in Reno, Nevada. It remained there until the collection was sold at auction in 1985. It was restored twice by subsequent owners and was an AACA Grand National First Prize winner in 2000. It has also participated in the first Indianapolis Celebration of Automobiles in 2011 and is a very well-known automobile in the Marmon Club.
The current owner purchased it in 2011 and has had a mechanical refurbishment done under his ownership. Since it is driven regularly, for safety reasons hidden tail lights, halogen head lights, an electric horn and a starter have been added.