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The Ford Marmon-Herrington holds a unique place in automobile history, predicting the modern sport utility body style, yet displaying the engineering excellence of the V-8 Ford era and materials from the pre-industrial age.
Marmon-Herrington was founded in 1931 and represents a pivot away from the style of the Roaring Twenties towards the more austere aesthetic of the 1930s. Marmon was known as a maker of the very best luxury cars, perhaps less opulent than Duesenberg or Cadillac, yet available with 16-cylinder engines.
An early creation of Walter C. Marmon won Indianapolis in 1911, famously using a rearview mirror for the first time. Marmon’s partner, Arthur W. Herrington, was a British-born engineer with experience at Harley-Davidson. The new company won various military contracts, scoring particular success with a truck-based armored car. Indeed, Herrington would later perform his most famous work during the war, designing the now-beloved Jeep.
Postwar, Marmon-Herrington diversified, building delivery trucks and more than 1,500 trolley buses. The company survives today, still manufacturing high-quality heavy-duty components such as axles and transfer cases.
From the mid-1930s until 1959, Marmon-Herrington partnered with Ford, converting cars and trucks to four-wheel drive. The bodies and drivetrains were removed and additional cross members welded to the frames to support the added weight of the transfer cases. Front wheels were driven using a modified Ford rear axle and steering was enabled by adding constant velocity joints to the axle ends. This work almost doubled the price of the upgraded Ford.
This model 69A Ford Super Deluxe Station Wagon was restored circa 2008 in the shops of famed Woodie collector Nick Alexander. Although the Marmon-Herrington no longer carried the majority of its original body, it was an otherwise complete, intact example, and therefore an excellent basis for a premium-quality restoration. Work was carried out using period-correct steel panels, birch, and contrasting mahogany from a 1946 Ford Super Deluxe Station Wagon.
Overall, the resulting presentation is excellent, with lustrous paint, beautifully varnished wood, and freshly installed rubber. Inside, the Art Deco interior is stunning, with all three bench seats intact. The engine bay is fully detailed, with the block painted the factory-correct color.
With the rarity of four-wheel drive during this period allied with the outstanding engineering pedigree of Marmon-Herrington and the timeless beauty of a wooden body, it may well be many years before another opportunity arises to own such a vehicle, particularly one restored to such a level.