1918 Oakland Model 34,
Lot 532
1918 Oakland Model 34B Roadster C23988
Sold for £9,660 (US$ 12,152) inc. premium

Lot Details
1918 Oakland Model 34, 1918 Oakland Model 34, 1918 Oakland Model 34, 1918 Oakland Model 34, 1918 Oakland Model 34,
1918 Oakland Model 34B Roadster
Chassis no. C23988

Footnotes

  • The Oakland Motor Car Company was founded in Pontiac, Michigan in 1907 by a small group of local businessmen headed by Edward P Murphy, who saw the fledgling automobile as a sensible adjunct to his existing Pontiac Buggy Company carriage-making enterprise. Alanson P Brush, who had been responsible for designing the early Cadillacs, was recruited as Vice President/Chief Engineer, coming up with a twin-cylinder model with counter-clockwise rotating crankshaft. Its reception was disappointing, but a more conventional four-cylinder model soon followed and within a few years Oakland sales had reached 5,000 units annually. Soon after the four’s introduction Edward Murphy died and his company was acquired by another Pontiac carriage-maker – William C Durant – becoming part of the latter’s burgeoning General Motors empire. Within GM, Oakland was positioned above Chevrolet and below the Buick and Oldsmobile premium marques. ‘The Car With A Conscience’ became the company slogan. Having produced fours exclusively for a few years, Oakland introduced its first six – a 60hp – in 1913, adding a smaller, 177ci (2.9-litre) model – ‘The Sensible Six’ – in 1916. The Model 34 Sensible Six was notable for its advanced engine, which incorporated pushrod-operated overhead valves and produced 41bhp, an output double that of the contemporary Ford Model T. Economy and durability were additional worthy characteristics and the Sensible Six proved such a success that it was the sole Oakland model on offer from 1918 to 1922. Its virtues made the car a big hit in the Antipodes, and it is estimated that half of the 300-400 Oaklands believed surviving worldwide are located in Australia.
    This left-hand drive Model 34B had been on display at the Charlie Sens Antique Automobile Museum in Ohio before being acquired for the Kent, UK-based Dick Van Dyck Collection in 1998. Finished in sage green over black, it boasts a three-speed gearbox; electric overdrive rear axle; nickel-plated radiator shell; Boyce/Oakland ‘Motometer’; brass-rimmed headlamps; two-piece windshield (complete with wind deflectors); twin rear-mounted spare tyres; and Oakland-branded tread plates as well as a combined gas, water and oil can rack. Offered with VSCC eligibility documentation and old State of Florida Certificate of Title, the car benefits from a new cylinder head gasket and is described by the vendor as in very good condition throughout.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that this car is currently registered in Ireland. Irish registration papers are included in the sale so that the vehicle can easily be re-registered elsewhere upon purchase.
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