Marmon can easily be counted among the great American marques alongside Stutz, Mercer and Duesenberg. Founded by Howard C. Marmon in 1902, the company was built on a reputation for exceptional engineering and quality all the way though its demise in 1933. Marmon found success in the showroom as well as on the race track, with their most famous achievement coming in 1911 when the Marmon Wasp (a bright yellow racer with an extended tail) driven by Ray Harroun, became the first car to win the grueling Indianapolis 500 mile race.
The Model 34 was a highly advanced car, with its “unification construction” that foreshadowed modern unibody design and overhead valve inline six-cylinder engine. Extensive use of aluminum in the engine translated into an even 50/50 weight distribution which was almost unheard of at the time. When Barney Oldfield drove a Marmon “Beetail” speedster to pace the 1920 Indy 500, he ran upwards of 80mph, leaving some of the actual race competitors struggling to keep up! From that point on, the Marmon Model 34 was the car to have for wealthy young sportsmen.