1910 Marmon Model 32T
he Marmon brand name was manufactured by Nordyke & Marmon Company, located in Indianapolis, Indiana and produced automobiles from 1903 through 1933. The Marmon automobiles are most remembered for their impressive V-16 engine introduced during the early 1930s as well as introducing the rear-view mirror.
The Model 32 featured rear-view mirrors, and was the first vehicle ever with this feature. It is also responsible for the creation of the Wasp, the winner of the first Indianapolis 500 race. The name 'Wasp' was chosen due to its yellow color and pointed tail.
At the 1911 Indianapolis 500 race, the Marmon was the only vehicle equipped with a single seat, rather than the popular two-seat configuration. The first seat was for the driver while the second seat housed the mechanic. Many people were critical of the single seat configuration. They felt it unsafe because the driver would not be aware of other cars overtaking him. A solution was devised by the Marmon crew to install a rear-view mirror on the vehicle, the first of its kind according to many historians.
Ray Harroun came out of retirement for his last and final race, the Indianapolis 500. He piloted the No. 32 Wasp into the history books. The car was equipped with Firestone tires and throughout the years Firestone tires would be used by many other vehicles capturing over 55 victories, more than any other tire company combined.by Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2006
The Marmon Motor Car Company was founded in 1851 as the Nordyke & Marmon Company. They built a world-wide reputation for their design and construction of flour mills. The Nordyke & Marmon Company entered the automotive industry in 1902, in Indianapol....[continue reading]
This 1910 Marmon 32 is the third oldest Marmon in the world. The first motor car to wear the Marmon badge was built by two brothers, Howard and Daniel Marmon, in 1902. Dissatisfied with other forms of transport being built at the time, they opened a ....[continue reading]