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Marmon Matrons: 1930

Marmon Matrons: 1930

San Francisco circa 1930. "Marmon Big Eight rumble seat coupe at Golden Gate Park." Today's entry in the Shorpy Baedeker of Brobdingnagian Buggies. 5x7 inch glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

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'See - we can totally use this to dump the body."

Rumble Seat Etiquette?

How did someone, especially someone in a dress, get gracefully into a rumble seat?

[Milady would ascend via those two built-in steps. - Dave]

One of the Greats

Just like Duesenberg and Stutz, Marmon was done in by the Depression. But prior to that they were making some of the finest cars in America. Brock Yates once wrote that the 1931 Marmon V-16 was one of the five greatest cars ever made.


Imagine that beautiful beast with a Viper V10 under the hood. A very handsome auto. It would make a super hot rod.

Well done, Harvey

Look at those Firestones on that car--Harvey was ahead of his time in creating tires that would handle the ~145hp the straight 8 in that car would apply. Almost looks like a modern street rod.

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