1929→1933 Ruxton Model C
Based off the 1929 showcar, the Ruxton was one of America’s prewar front-wheel-drive cars and directly rivaled the Cord L29.
The model was produced by Archie M. Andrews and designed by William J. Muller who worked together under the name New Era Motors, Inc. They convinced Moon to manufacture the cars while Kissel supplied the front-wheel-drive transaxle.
Compared to the initial 1929 prototype, the Model C used a Continental 18S straight eight engine. It was designed to be lower, lighter and faster than the Cord L29.
Lack of distribution and the Wall Street Crash of 1929 meant that as little as 100 Ruxtons were produced over the company’s lifetime.
|type||Series Production Car|
|production years||1929 – 1933|
|engine||Continental 18S Inline-8|
|displacement||4408 cc / 269 in³|
|power||74.6 kw / 100 bhp|
|specific output||22.69 bhp per litre|
|f suspension||de Dion-Type Axle|
|r suspension||Solid Axle w/Leaf Springs|
|wheelbase||3302.0 mm / 130 in|
Auction Sales History
1931 Ruxton Model C Roadster 11007 – sold for $363,000 Featured in a Retrospective article by John Lamm in the February 1974 issue of Motor Trend, the car was ultimately restored in 1990. Stripped down to bare metal, the exacting restoration was conducted by Clyde Wade of the Harrah’s Collection, who simultaneously worked on another Ruxton – a rare occurrence indeed. Finished in a very attractive two-tone blue with a silver pinstripe, the car was subsequently shown at Silverado in Napa Valley, whe
re it received First Place honors before making a successful appearance at Pebble Beach.
Now showing approximately 75 miles since its restoration, the beautiful and ultra-rare Ruxton remains in superb, show-quality condition throughout and has remained in climate-controlled storage, under professional care for the last several years.
Auction Source: 2008 Meadow Brook Concours