In 1911, Ray Harroun drove a specially prepared Marmon to victory in the first Indianapolis 500-mile race.Â
â€śThere were around 2,500 different automotive companies that came and went in the early days of motoring between 1900 and 1929, and the Marmon Motor Car company is one of the few early automotive companies to leave a mark in automotive history that separates them from all the rest,â€ť the dealer notes.Â
â€śEarly on, the Marmon brothers experimented with exotically designed engines for their cars which included a 20-horsepower overhead-valve air-cooled V4 engine, a V6 engine, and an experimental 75-horsepower V8 engine in 1907.Â
â€śFinally settling for an inline six-cylinder design, dubbed the Model 32, in 1908 which was made famous three years later with a Model 32 based race car called “The Wasp,â€ť winning the very first Indianapolis 500 race in 1911 driven by famous race driver Ray Harroun.â€ť
The dealer points out that to uphold its fame, Indianapolis-based Marmon introduced the Model 41 in 1913, â€śfeaturing a massive L-Head six-cylinder engine with a three-speed transmission making over 70 Horsepower.Â
â€śWith a fully pressurized oil system and a 7 main bearing crankcase, the Model 41 is not only powerful, but unbreakable. Marmons were a very upscale expensive car when they were new, the Model 41 being $3,500 dollars. For perspective, a brand-new Cadillac in 1913 was around $1,800 dollars and a new Ford was only $525 dollars.Â
â€śModel 41 production continued through 1915 and today there are less than a handful that exist.Â Every car that was produced was test driven around the Indianapolis 500 race track at over 80 miles per hour before being shipped to their dealer.â€ť
The dealer says the Model 41 on offer is â€śmost likely the finest early Marmon to exist today,â€ť noting that the car has been owned by the same family since it was purchased from Frank E. Wing Motorcars in 1915, and is the only Model 41 â€śClub Roadsterâ€ť surviving â€“ it has a 3-seat cloverleaf body.
The car comes with original ownerâ€™s manual, service records, even the original ownerâ€™s driverâ€™s license and registrations from 1915 through the late 1920s, â€śwhen the car was taken off the road and stored away.â€ť
â€śIt wasnâ€™t seen again until the late 1950s when it was taken out of the original ownerâ€™s garage and used briefly,â€ť before being put away again until the 1980s.
The car is preserved in original condition and has had a mechanical â€śgoing overâ€ť that involved replacing some engine components, a new shaft for the water pump, flushing fuel and cooling systems, and new tires. The dealer says the car was driven 100 miles on its first test day after that work.