Marmon 34 Automobile

Marmon Motor Car Company was an American automobile manufacturer founded by Howard Marmon in 1902 in Indianapolis, Indiana,. It was seen in old newspaper ads, mostly for the “Marmon 34” and we will take a look at some of them. The 34 stood for thirty four horsepower, which is common for the day. Even so, these cars only reported about 12-14 mpg, very inefficient for today’s standards.

From The El Paso Herald In 1916 – The new Marmon “34.” which is almost revolutionary in motor and body construction, made its appearance on the streets of El Paso this week. Within an hour after the cars had reached the sales room of the Franklin Motor Car company, visitors began to arrive and manager Leo J. Trost and his assistants have had little rest during the past five days. There are so many new features on the new Marmon that It takes some time to show the visitors Its many advantages and Mr. Trost stated Friday night that he was about “all in.”

The extensive use of aluminum Is one of the features of the car. Despite an  unusually large and powerful six cylinder motor, the car is light In weight, being a good half-ton under the standard weight of cars of like size. Aluminum figures largely In the motor while the body is of similar material. One feature which gives added strength to the chassis is that the running board Is hot-welded to the frame The one feature has made a big hit with all the dealers arid motorists who have seen the car. The lighting system Is novel and lights are so arranged that both the driving seat and tonneau may be illuminated when desired. All lights are controlled from the instrument board. The tonneau is unusually large and roomy while the two extra seats are easy of access and are nicely upholstered.

1914 marmon

Washington Times 1914

While the official rating of the motor Is 34 horsepower. It has developed over 75 horsepower on block test. The motor Is high and the arrangement of the hood is such that there Is a straight line effect from the top of the radiator to the instrument board, giving the car unusually pretty lines.


14 MPG – Not so great by today’s standard

Accessory dealers will not have much chance to sell goods to owners of the new Marmon, according to Ben Clements, of the Borderland Auto Supply company. A close examination shows the car to be equipped with practically all the necessary accessories and the latest ideas In motorcar construction. Possibly the buyer may want a fender or an electric cigar lighter but the socket for the latter Is ready for the connection. Mr. Clements is already a Marmon booster but says so complete a car Is bad for the accessory men.

The car is very easy riding and while the motor was a bit stiff when the car was tried out by the automobile editor this week. It Is evident that the new Marmon has “worlds of power”, great flexibility and all the speed that any motorist can desire.

Manager L. J. Trost, of the Franklin Motor Car company, states that he con aiders himself very fortunate to have secured the Marmon agency and states that he expects the car to be very popular in the southwest, despite the fact  that it is a car of quality at a medium price and not in the so-called “popular price” close.

Marmon sets cross country record in 1916

marmon 34

The First “Low Rider” Automobile – This ad in the Washington Times in 1916, may have named the Marmon America’s first low rider.

One of the advantages set forth this season for Marmon closed cars Is lowness. The placing of the floor boards only twenty-five and one-half Inches from the ground has been accomplished In a rather unique manner. The frame is of deep section steel and Is of such construction that the body Is bolted directly to the frame without sills for structural strength. Consequently In the closed body types of the Marmon “Thirty-four.” only a very light body sill Is necessary and the rear floor boards are comparatively very close to the ground.

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