Evaluation: Believed to be one of five remaining. Driven by a Century Electric engineer until the 1950s. Then in storage until the 1980s and restored to CCCA 100-point scores. More recent restoration completed earlier this year. Excellent fresh paint, chrome, interior and underneath.
Bottom line: Four beautiful cars and 64 cylinders made up the Greg Dawson Marmon Sixteen Collection at Mecum this year, all with good histories and beautiful presentation. It was a buying opportunity not likely to be repeated any time soon. Three of them sold, and this one with its desirable body style brought the most money. While not the most dynamic segment of the collector car market, demand for these large, coachbuilt, multi-cylinder prewar cars is alive and well. Collectors will want the best cars no matter how old they are, and Howard Marmon’s masterpiece certainly qualifies. So lest you think that prewar cars are being left behind, remember that this one sold for $517,000 at RM Hershey in 2009, was a $450,000 no-sale at RM Arizona in 2012 (it was painted gray at the time), and is a million-dollar car today.