1931 Marmon Sixteen

Base Convertible Coupe
$53.8M for Mecum's biggest ever year in Monterey
Thursday, 12 August - Saturday, 14 August 2021
Sale Price
$1,200,000 - $1,400,000
Est. Range
20 August 2022
Sold Date
Lot Number
Concours Restoration
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis number 16144722. Black with red coastline over red leather. 491/200hp V-16, 3-speed, wire wheels, dual sidemount spares with mirrors, dash clock, golf bag door.

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.

by Andrew Newton
29 August 2022

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