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1932 Marmon 2 Passenger Coupe
Engine: Overhead Valve V-16
Displacement: 491 Cubic Inches
Horsepower: 200 BHP
Cost New: $5,700
         The Marmon V-16 was introduced approximately at the same time as the Cadillac V-16. In comparison, the Marmon-built automobile was more powerful and an engineering marvel. By using aluminum, the 491 cubic inch engine with overhead valves weighed just over nine hundred pounds. The engine was formed by merging twin-eight cylinder engines at a 45 angle, giving the engine an impressive look and an astonishing 200 HP. Steel cylinder liners added durability. 100 mph. was easily achieved thanks to the all-aluminum engine and the lightweight components used throughout, including the aluminum chassis. It had a tremendous power-to-weight ratio and could outpace the mighty Duesenberg Model J while costing about one-third the price.
         The problem with the Marmon V-16 was its timing, introduced during the Great Depression and beaten to the market by the Cadillac V-16. Marmon quickly went the way of so many other luxury car marquees of the same era - it was forced out of business. There were just 390 examples of the V-16, of all body styles created. With only twenty-two being the two-passenger coupes like this one. It is one of six known to exist today.