Pick of the Day: 1930 Marmon Model 79 sport phaeton ready to tour

The rare example still shines after 2-decade-old full restoration

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The Marmon looks to be in sparkling condition

Owning a magnificent touring car from the 1930s is out of range for many collectors, which makes the Pick of the Day, a 1930 Marmon Model 79 sport phaeton, so appealing. 

The rare touring car still looks great after an older full restoration with only 6,000 miles added since, according to the Macedonia, Ohio, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com

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“This gorgeous 1930 Marmon Model 79 sport phaeton was purchased in the 1990s in boxes by a noted Marmon collector and in 2001, was treated to a cost-no-object restoration by noted expert Jim Capaldi,” the seller says in the lengthy ad description. “It is beautifully finished and has won every notable award such a car can win.

The gleaming black bodywork accentuates the rakish stance of the Marmon and it is highlighted by red moldings and pinstripes.”


The Marmon is powered by a brawny 303cid straight-8 engine that was rebuilt by the restorer, who added a non-original carburetor; the stock Scheibler carbs have an unfortunate tendency to burst into flames, the seller notes.  The transmission is a 3-speed manual feeding power through a 3.90 rear.

 “Rare, powerful, fast and comfortable are all words that accurately describe this Marmon,” the seller says. “It’s far more car than a comparable Chrysler or Buick, yet it remains more affordable than an equivalent Packard or Cadillac. You will always have the only one and if our experience with the Marmon Club is any indication, it will always be a very popular participant at Marmon Musters.” 

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Although not a Full Classic under Classic Car Club of America guidelines, the Marmon is classically lovely and luxurious with a body and interior that remain in splendid condition, the seller says, noting that the Marmon is in great running condition and ready for a cross-country tour in high style.

“Finish quality is excellent with tight body gaps, wave-free bodywork, and paint that still shows a deep shine even after nearly 20 years,” according to the ad. “Likewise, the chrome trim remains crisp and bright and the car is fitted with accessories such as a very attractive grille guard, dual side mount mirrors, Trippe lights, wind wings, and cast aluminum step plates on the running boards. Out back, there’s a fitted trunk that makes it ideal for touring, something that it does remarkably well.”

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The interior is in fine condition and the contrasting tan top is a fairly recent addition, the ad says.

This Marmon seems like a lot of pre-war majesty for the asking price of $79,900.

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

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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