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The Marmon Automobile 1926-1929 (Part 4) & The Marmon Motor Car Co.

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Several important changes took place between 1924 and 1926. First Walter C. Marmon resigned as company president to become chairman of the board and outsider George M. Williams was hired to put the firm back on its feet.

The new president thought the solution was a lower priced Marmon equipped with small displacement straight eight engines.

In 1926 George Williams disposed of the grain milling machine business of The Nordyke and Marmon Co. that was founded in 1851 by Ellis Nordyke and Daniel W. Marmon to Allis-Chalmers. Williams then changed the name of this great American Automobile company to The Marmon Motor Car Co. and expanded market coverage in 1926.

1927 Marmon Little Eight
1927 Marmon Little Eight

Marmon which as early as 1920 employed 5,000 people produced innovative and stylish American Automobiles thought out the 1920s. In the late 1920s Marmon introduced two unique autos, the Little Marmon (1927) and the Roosevelt (1929) the first eight cylinder car in the world to sell for under $1,000.00. The Little Marmon was a great success, in the first year 10,095 units were sold. In 1927, this number had increased to 14,770 units and in 1928 to 22,323 units.

1927 Little Marmon
1928 Marmon 8

The 1928 Marmon series consisted of three basic models that included the Marmon Little Eight, the Marmon Model 68 and the Marmon Model 78. All three were powered by an in line straight eight engine of different horsepower and price.

1929 Marmon Roosevelt
1929 Marmon Roosevelt Coupes and Sedan

The debut of the Marmon built Roosevelt came in March 1929. The new Roosevelt had the distinction of being the first eight cylinder car in the world to sell for less than $1,000.00. It was characteristically Marmon in appearance but with a distinctive high narrow radiator bearing the cameo portrait of President Teddy Roosevelt.

1929 Marmon Touring Car
1929 Marmon Touring Car - Model 68

Specifications of the 1929 Marmon Touring Car - Model 68 included - five passenger, 114 inch wheelbase, wood wheels, 29 x 5 1/2 inch tires, eight cylinder water cooled engine rated at 25.3 (N.A.C.C. rating) horsepower, starter and three speed transmission. Standard equipment - instrument panel included a speedometer, ammeter, gasoline gauge and water temperature indicator. Additional items - electric horn, distributor theft lock, automatic windshield cleaner, spare rim, stop light, rear view mirror, sun visor, cowl vent and cowl lights.

The five passenger Model 68 cost $1,463.00. Additional Model 68 Marmon automobiles included a $1,520.00 five passenger Victoria coupe with Trunk, $1,465.00 two passenger Coupe with Rumble Seat, $1,565.00 two passenger Roadster with Rumble Seat, $1,625.00 Touring Speedster, $1565.00 two passenger collapsible Coupe with Rumble Seat.

1929 Marmon Model 79 Touring Car
1930 Marmon Model 79 Touring Car

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