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Marmon
The Nordyke and Marmon Co.
Indianapolis, IN
1902-1908

The sons of Daniel W. Marmon and Elizabeth Carpenter, Howard Carpenter Marmon and Walter Carpenter Marmon built their first American Automobile in 1902. They used the facilities of Nordyke and Marmon, the nations leading manufacturer of flour milling machinery. The company was founded in 1851 by Ellis Nordyke. Daniel W. Marmon joined the firm in 1865.

1905 Marmon Touring Car
1905 Marmon Touring Car - Howard C. Marmon Driving

The Marmon was an elegant and well engineered high powered automobile produced in Indianapolis, IN. Howard Marmon was the chief designer and engineer while his brother Walter looked after finance and manufacturing. In 30 years the Nordyke and Marmon Co. (1902-1925) and later the Marmon Motor Car Co. (1926-1933) produced over 250,000 American Automobiles.

Marmon V-4 Engine
Marmon V-4 Engine

To power the first production models, Marmon designed a 90 degree V-4 air cooled overhead valve engine. The first Marmon was produced in 1902 with some commercial production beginning in 1904. The 1904 Model A Marmon was a Touring Car equipped with Marmon's 20 horsepower V-4 engine. Only 6 1904 Marmon's were produced and sold. 1905 production included a $2,500.00 Model B equipped with an improved 24 horsepower V-4 engine.

1906 Marmon Touring Car
1906 Marmon Touring Car

Early advertising claimed the Marmon was a "A Mechanical Masterpiece" and built virtually all of its own components. 1906 production included a $2,500.00 Model C four passenger touring car equipped with a 24 horsepower four cylinder engine and a $3,000.00 Model D five passenger Touring Car equipped with a 30 horsepower four cylinder engine. All had cast aluminum bodies.

1907 Marmon Touring Car
1907 Marmon Touring Car - Model F

The Marmon was equipped with a two speed forward and one reverse planetary type transmission. In addition the Marmon had three point suspension that kept the drive train in perfect alignment. An experimental V-6 engine was built in 1906 and in 1907 a V-8 engine rated at 75 horsepower was equipped in a seven passenger Touring Car. This Marmon was priced at $5,000.00.

1908 Marmon Touring Car
1908 Marmon Touring Car - Model H

What came next for The Marmon Motor Co.? In December of 1908 the Model 32 was announced and production began in 1909. The Model 32 was equipped with a four cylinder engine rated at 40 horsepower.

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