Marmon 41 Speedster

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41 Speedster





By 1909 Marmon had switched to an inline four-cylinder, water-cooled, side-valve engine in the new model 32. After some racing success, driver Ray Harroun urged Marmon to add two more cylinders, and forego a riding mechanic. The resulting single-seat, six-cylinder, yellow and black “Wasp” sported a long pointed tail, and took Harroun to the 1910 AAA championship.

Harroun planned to retire, but Marmon learned that Indianapolis Raceway would run only one event in 1911, a 500-mile race worth $10,000. Harroun calculated he could outlast bigger cars on tire wear, and a final impediment to driving solo was overcome with his installation of the first rearview mirror. Harroun’s tire calculations proved correct, and he won the first Indy 500 at 74.59 mph. Marmon walked away with the prize money and an impeccable reputation.

Marmon introduced two new six-cylinder cars to celebrate his victory; the massive 579 CID model 48 and the lighter 41 Speedster, with the Wasp-inspired engine. The 41 Speedster was expensive at $3,250.

The 41 Speedster was larger, and a generation newer than the Mercer 35J Raceabout and Stutz Bearcat. Capable of 80 mph, the Marmon featured a full-pressure 477 CID engine, Bosch electric lights and starter, a three-speed transmission with central gearshift, optional Westinghouse air shocks, and internal expanding brakes. It had bucket seats and twin rear spares, and also a protective cowl and windshield. The Marmon promised long-distance, high-speed travel, as well as competition.

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