1932 Marmon Sixteen 2-4 Passenger Rumble Seat Coupe / 16141641 Chassis Information

1932 Marmon Sixteen photograph

1932 Marmon Sixteen photograph

1932 Marmon Sixteen photograph

1932 Marmon Sixteen photograph

1932 Marmon Sixteen photograph

1932 Marmon Sixteen1932 Marmon Sixteen1932 Marmon Sixteen1932 Marmon Sixteen1932 Marmon Sixteen
2-4 Passenger Rumble Seat Coupe
Coachwork: LeBaron
Chassis #: 16141641
Sold for $242,000 at 2007 Vintage Motor Cars at Hershey.
In 1902, at the tender age of just 23 years old, Howard Marmon proved his abilities as an engineer by completing his first automobile. It was a technically advanced vehicle at the time featuring overhead valves and air-cooling. At the Indianapolis 500 just nine years later, Howard Marmon's long-tailed Marmon Wasp crossed the finish line in first position. It was the first car in history to ever cross the finish line and to enter the winner's circle, as this was the inaugural running of the 500 at the Brickyard in 1911. Over the following two years, the Marmon vehicles would year more than 50 victories, many records, and a place in history as one of the early great racing marques.

Marmon excelled on the racing circuit, but in the production world, his cars were not as successful. His Model 49, based on the long-tailed Marmon Wasp, carried a price tag of $5,000 and found only a few interested buyers. In 1916 the Model 34 was introduced which brought with it many new innovations and features such as an extensive use of aluminum. Its radiator, transmission, rear axle, body and fenders were created from this lightweight yet durable material. Sales were, again, slow.

During the First World War Marmon aided the wartime effort by creating around 5,000 Liberty aircraft engines. After the War, the company was in good financial shape, and production of the Model 34 resumed. Sales remained slow and soon came the economic post war recession which meant even more difficult times for Marmon. His brother resigned as president of the Company in 1924 and was replaced by George M. Williams. Williams vision for the company was to make a more affordable automobile that could appeal to a wider audience of buyers. The result was the Roosevelt model, featuring a straight-eight engine, and became the basis for the companies revitalization in the years to come. As the 1920s came to a close, the company was creating more than 20,000 cars per year.

With strong sales and sufficient financial resources, Marmon turned his talents and attention back to creating mechanically advanced automobiles. Working on his own, Marmon introduced one of the most magnificent and brilliant vehicles of the classic era's in 1931, the Marmon Sixteen.

The Sixteen was powered by an engine that displaced nearly 500 cubic-inches and fitted with state-of-the-art overhead valves. The cars effortless 100 mph speed was easily achieved thanks to the 200 horsepower all-aluminum engine and the lightweight components used throughout, including the aluminum chassis. It had tremendous power-to-weight ratio and could outpace the Duesenberg Model J, while costing about one-third the price.
The problem with the Marmon Sixteen was its timing, introduced during the Great Depression and beaten to the market by the Cadillac V16. Marmon quickly went the way of so many other luxury car marques of the same era - it was forced to go out of business.

This 1932 Marmon Sixteen 2-4 Passenger Rumble Seat Coupe was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars sale at Hershey, PA presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $200,000 - $250,000 and offered without reserve. It sold for $242,000 including buyer's premium.

The bodies of the Marmon Sixteen were built by LeBaron with credit generally given to Walter Dorwin Teague Sr., though it was his son who sketched the lines and details. Walter Dorwin Teague Jr. was a student at MIT and a gifted designer. He designed a sleek and beautiful design that lacked gratuitous ornamentation which allowed the intrinsic beauty of the car's line and detail to been seen. The result was simple, yet undeniable, elegance.

There were just 390 examples of the Sixteen created with 22 being the two passenger coupes. Only six have survived to modern times, partly due to their aluminum bodies which tend to degrade quicker over time. The early portion of this vehicles history is unknown; by the 1960s it was part of the Harrah's Automobile collection in Reno, Nevada. In the early 1980s it was acquired by an Arizona enthusiast who treated the car to a thorough restoration, including a full rebuilt of the engine. In 1985 the car passed to another owner, who kept the car for many years before selling it to its current owner.

The car is painted in chocolate brown with tan two-tone sides, orange stripe, and tan Bedford Cord upholstery. It retains its original wire wheels and correct Marmon accessory chrome wheel discs.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2007


2007 Vintage Motor Cars at Hershey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$200,000-$250,000 
Sale Price :
$242,000

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1932 Marmon Sixteen Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1932 sales)
1932 Marmon Sixteen Two-Passenger Coupe by LeBaron
Chassis#: 16 141 830
Sold for $665,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1932 Marmon Sixteen Close-Coupled Sedan by LeBaron
Chassis#: 16 149 802
Sold for $225,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Hershey
 
1932 Marmon Sixteen Convertible Coupe by LeBaron
Sold for $962,000
  2017 RM Sotheby's : Icons
 
1932 Marmon V16 Victoria Coupe
Chassis#: 16143718
Sold for $275,000
  2014 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Auction
1932 Marmon Sixteen image  
1932 Marmon Sixteen Convertible Sedan
Sold for $522,500
  2012 RM - Milhous Collection, Fla
 
1932 Marmon Sixteen
Sold for $242,000
  2007 Vintage Motor Cars at Hershey
1932 Marmon Sixteen image  1932 Marmon Sixteen image  
1932 Marmon Sixteen
Sold for $302,500
  2007 Vintage Motor Car Auction at Meadow Brook Hall
1932 Marmon Sixteen image  1932 Marmon Sixteen image  
1932 Marmon Sixteen Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: 16-145833
Sold for $473,000
  2006 The Otis Chandler Collection Auction
 
1932 Marmon Sixteen Rumble Seat Conv. Coupe
Chassis#: 144775
Sold for $247,500
  2005 Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall
 
1932 Marmon Sixteen Victoria Coupe
Chassis#: 16143767
Sold for $184,250
  2004 Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall
 
1932 Marmon Sixteen Rumble Seat Coupe
Sold for $187,000
  2003 Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall
 
1932 Marmon Sixteen Victoria Coupe
Sold for $206,800
  2003 JEM Museum Collection
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1932 Marmon Sixteen's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1932 Marmon V16 Victoria Coupe161437182013 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction $200,000$250,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Marmon Model 161931 4-Door Sedan
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis information for the Marmon Model 161931 4-Door Sedan
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis information for the Marmon Model 161931 4-Door Sedan
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis information for the Marmon Model 161931 Club Sedan
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis information for the Marmon Model 161931 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis information for the Marmon Model 161931 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis information for the Marmon Model 161931 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis information for the Marmon Model 161931 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis information for the Marmon Model 161931 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis information for the Marmon Model 161931 Victoria
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis information for the Marmon Model 161931 4-Door Sedan
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 149 752
Engine Num: 16750
Chassis information for the Marmon Model 161931 Sports Coupe
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 16 141 675
Engine Num: 16684
Chassis information for the Marmon Model 161931 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 16 145 593
Engine Num: 16860
Chassis information for the Marmon Model 161931 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 16-144-722
Chassis information for the Marmon Model 161931 Sports Coupe
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 16141-694
Engine Num: 16693
Chassis information for the Marmon Model 161931 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 16144652
Engine Num: 16513
Chassis information for the Marmon Model 161931 Victoria
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 16144705
Chassis information for the Marmon Model 161931 Limousine
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 16147602
Chassis information for the Marmon Sixteen1932 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis information for the Marmon Sixteen1932 Coupe
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis information for the Marmon Sixteen1932 Victoria Coupe
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis information for the Marmon Sixteen1932 Sedan
Chassis Num: 140771
Chassis information for the Marmon Sixteen1932 2-4 Passenger Rumble Seat Coupe
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 16141641
Chassis information for the Marmon Sixteen1932 Victoria Coupe
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 16142767
Chassis information for the Marmon Sixteen1932 Victoria Coupe
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 16143718
Engine Num: 16700
Chassis information for the Marmon Sixteen1933 7-Passenger Sedan
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis information for the Marmon Sixteen1933 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis information for the Marmon Sixteen1933 Sedan
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis information for the Marmon Sixteen1933 Sedan
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis information for the Marmon Sixteen1933 Victoria Coupe
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis information for the Marmon Sixteen1933 Victoria Coupe
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis information for the Marmon Sixteen1933 Sedan
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 16 140 623
Engine Num: 16863
Chassis information for the Marmon Sixteen1933 Sedan
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 16 140 933
Engine Num: 16866
Chassis information for the Marmon Sixteen1933 Victoria Coupe
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 16 143 907
Engine Num: 16846
Chassis information for the Marmon Sixteen1933 Sedan
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 16-140-916
Engine Num: 16-893
Chassis information for the Marmon Sixteen1933 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 16145902
Chassis information for the Marmon Sixteen1933 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 16873


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