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‘Little Big Foot’ was early 4×4 prototype


Before there was a Jeep, there was Marmon-Herrington. 

Marmon-Herington, founded in 1931 by Walter Marmon and Col. Arthur Herrington, built 4×4 and even 6×6 trucks for the U.S. Army. Walter Marmon was the brother of Howard Marmon, who founded his own car company in 1902 and produced, among others, the Marmon Wasp that won the inaugural Indianapolis 500-mile race in 1911.

1937 Ford 4x4, ‘Little Big Foot’ was early 4×4 prototype, ClassicCars.com Journal

Walter Marmon and the Colonel bought the former Duesenberg assembly plant in Indianapolis as their base. By 1935, they also were doing civilian conversions of 1½-ton Ford trucks. They soon added light-duty conversions, and by the end of the 1930s offered 56 different Marmon-Herrington Ford models, including various styles of trucks as well as station wagons.

One of those early Ford conversions is Pick of the Day, 1937 Marmon-Herrington Ford known as “Little Big Foot” being advertised on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in Conroe, Texas. 

The dealer points out that the truck was part of the collection of Don Chew, “widely known as the foremost authority and avid historian of these before his unfortunate passing.”

The dealer says the truck was the prototype vehicle used to display what the company could produce for the U.S. Army on a 1937 chassis. 

“It was acquired and later resorted by Don Chew and was said to be the prize of his collection,” the dealer notes. 

“This Ford sits on a 2-ton chassis and powered by the original 85hp flat-head V8. It features a 4-speed manual transmission and, obviously, a trademark 4×4 M-H suspension.”

The dealer also points out that the truck rides on Goodyear Military tires.

“This restoration was competed a few years back but still presents very (nicely),” the dealer says. “The owners have taken care and great pride in preserving this piece of automotive history. It has only seen 175 miles of asphalt since completion and has always been garage kept.”

The truck is being offered for $59,900.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.



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