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1916 Marmon '34' | by Davydutchy
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1916 Marmon '34'

A chance meeting at the filling station - a 1916 Marmon! Not your everyday car for sure. The driver was filling up some jerrycans too - I guess the car is rather thirsty. But then, in 1916 gas was a lot more affordable than it is now...

  

Marmon Motor Car Company was an automobile manufacturer founded by Howard Marmon and owned by Nordyke Marmon & Company of Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. It was established in 1902 and was merged and renamed in 1933. They produced cars under the Marmon brand. Marmon is notable as having introduced the rear-view mirror as well as pioneering both the V16 engine and the use of aluminum in auto manufacturing. Marmon discontinued automobile production in 1933, the worst year of the Great Depression.

  

The 1916 Model 34 used an aluminum straight-6, and used aluminum in the body and chassis to reduce overall weight to just 3295 lb (1495 kg). A Model 34 was driven coast to coast as a publicity stunt, beating Erwin "Cannonball" Baker's record to much fanfare.

 

According to the The Marmon Club, there are probably less than six hundred Marmons left in the world.

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Taken on March 25, 2011