Hershey | Lot 449

1925 Marmon D-74 Roadster

$96,800 USD | Sold

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania

11 October 2019

Chassis No.
  • Powerful 340 cu. in. OHV inline six-cylinder
  • Nicely restored to a very high standard
  • Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic
  • A beautiful sporting Marmon

For 1925 Marmon offered buyers over ten different body styles to choose from. The 2/4-passenger rumble-seat roadster, with its handsome styling and light, open coachwork, as well as its exceptional handling and performance, was the sportsman’s choice. The same rings true today, as the rare and desirable Model D-74 is one of a select few six-cylinder Marmon automobiles recognized by the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) as a Full Classic.

This 1925 D-74 is a fantastic example of Marmon’s stylish and sporty roadster. The first thing one notices about this example is its impressive scale. With a 136-inch-wheelbase chassis and massive twenty-inch artillery wheels, the D-74 is substantial, yet beautifully proportioned. Little is known of this car’s early history, yet it was the subject of a very high-quality restoration that has gently mellowed with age. Presented in a handsome color scheme of two-tone green with orange highlights, the paintwork is beautifully finished. Plating and brightwork are similarly exquisite. Likewise, the aluminum coachwork is in excellent order, exhibiting precise fits throughout the automobile. Particularly in profile, the Marmon has a clean, handsome look, care of twin rear-mounted spare wheels and minimal adornment. Accessories include a Moto-Meter, dual cowl lamps, and beveled-glass wind wings. The car rides on blackwall Silvertown tires on wooden artillery wheels, giving it a purposeful stance.

The natural-finish leather is supple and in superb condition, with light creasing and character from occasional use. The complementary brown Haartz canvas topping material ties the interior and exterior together nicely. Two top boots are included, one in leather to match the upholstery and one in canvas to complement the spare tire covers. The fat wood-rimmed steering wheel has a beautiful finish, and the interior fittings have high-quality plating. Switches, instruments, and controls all appear in good order.

Under the hood is the powerful and advanced 340 cubic-inch OHV inline six-cylinder. Detailing is up to the same excellent standards, with high-quality paintwork on the engine and accessories. Period-appropriate wiring and plumbing maintain the show-quality looks.

With its high-quality restoration, this magnificent example is ready for the tour season while being equally at home on the show field. With the D-74’s acceptance in the CCCA, it is eligible for numerous club events around the country, and it is, thanks to that powerful engine, a most capable tour car.

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