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1929 Ruxton Model A

4-Dr. Sedan
Gooding & Company goes online for Scottsdale 2021
Monday, 18 January - Friday, 22 January 2021
$235,000
Not sold at a high bid of
$400,000 - $500,000
Est. Range
Yes
Reserve
39
Lot Number
#3+
Concours restoration
Gooding & Company
Auction House
Chassis no. 1005; Engine no. 18S1043. Blue, lavender, and white over blue. 269/100hp Continental inline eight, 3-speed, wheel discs, wide whitewalls, dual enclosed sidemounts, Woodlite headlights

Evaluation: Sound old paint with shrinkage and cracks, edge chips, and scrapes. Weak, scuffed chrome. A Ruxton auto show car with distinctive Joseph Urban horizontal stripe paint design, the third production Ruxton built, if the term “production” even really applies to these ultra-rare cars. Replacement engine. Restored to Pebble Beach class winning condition decades ago but now aged, coming apart, and oxidizing.

Bottom Line: Offered by Bonhams at Scottsdale in 2016 where it was reported bid to $410,000. The livery is Jazz Age, look-at-me flamboyant. The restoration, while aged and flawed cosmetically, needs only paint, body work and meticulous detailing to be a concours star. The Gooding bidders missed its significance but the consignor missed its restoration’s age and deterioration.

by Andrew Newton
4 February 2021
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
N/A
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