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Lot 523: Marion 'Bobcat' Speedster

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

Marion cars were built in Indianapolis, for a little over a decade to 1915. The 'Bobcat' would be their best known product and perhaps unsurprisingly came from the same pen as that other famed Indy marque, that of Harry C. Stutz. Stutz conceived the idea while acting as their Chief Engineer, astutely foreseeing a market for a sporty car created by shedding their standard product of the burden of heavy commodious coachwork and sticking to the barest necessities. From 1911-1913 it would provide Marion with a successful product and as this genre of automobiles was taking off across America. Now a century old in concept, such speedsters remain an icon of this era and something frequently copied. This pretty Marion Speedster was acquired by Charles H. Brown many years ago. Its ownership history and provenance is not known at the time of cataloguing, however we believe that it was acquired by him in the U.S. A plaque in its trunk states that the car was restored by the Antique Auto Shop of Northfield, New Jersey. This company was in business from the earliest days of the hobby in America, so they were experienced car restorers and although almost certainly completed more than 30 years ago, the quality of this work has stood the test of time well. If anything the light age that the car has gained in the ensuing years has given it a little patina which suits it well. From its dash mounted spot lamp and monocle windscreen down to the choice of light yellow as its colouring, the Marion looks every bit the mini Mercer, and is even equipped with a period style three tone exhaust whistle, perhaps to warn those ahead of you that you're coming through and that you only have two wheel brakes! A fun, sporting Edwardian Speedster.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
Lot Number523
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€44000
Hammer Price (inc premium)€50600
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