|Vehicle Type||Model 68 Coupe (With Rumble Seat) 2-4 Passenger|
|Built By||Marmon Motor Company|
|Suspension||Solid Axles and Semi-elliptic leaf springs front and rear|
|Engine||Straight 8 cylinder, L-Head, 211.2 cubic inch, 76 horsepower|
|Owner||Woodland Family Collection|
However, while in business, the Marmon was always in the forefront of automobile engineering advancement. The winner of the first Indianapolis 500, in 1911, Ray Haroun, was driving a Marmon Wasp. (As somewhat of a pilgrimage, this particular Marmon 68 Coupe has been driven around the famous 2 1/2 mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway.)
The 1929 Marmon was the first "mass produced" 8 cylinder vehicle. Another innovation of the 1929 models was their anti-lock braking system. It was unique in that it incorporated 3 brake shoes within the brake drum with a series of eccentric linkages. All of the other manufactures of the day used the traditional 2 brake shoe system which tended to lock up under heavy braking while making sharp simultaneous turns.
In their day, Marmons earned the reputation of being reliable, speedy upscale cars.