Being sold with title.
One of One prototype
Believed to be the only three-cylinder
Amazing piece of American history
Possibly Eligible for New London to New Brighton
Won 1st place in its class atConcours d'Elegance
This Marble-Swift is a 1 of 1 prototype and it is exquisitely
restored. We do not have much information on this car, but it
appears to be a three-cylinder engine with No. 004 on the block,
where Marble-Swift advertised a twin-cylinder 16-horsepower engine.
However, it is sure to have the patented friction power
transmitting mechanism which allowed variable speeds.
Again, the restoration here is top-notch with vibrant red paint and
black accents and whitewall tires. The brass really stands out on
this one making this one perfect for Santa's sleigh. The chassis
sits lower than the high wheelers of the era with 28-inch tall
tires making ingress and egress easier. The wood rims were no doubt
a specialty of George Marble who was a wheel manufacturer before
this venture. The paint, brass hardware, and black leather seat
show very well. Even the wood steering wheel looks like it is brand
new. This is a stunning piece of early auto history sure to be a
jewel in your collection!
TheMarble-Swiftwas anAmericanautomobilemanufactured inChicagofrom
1903 until 1905.
A Roadster and Touring Car was produced. The Marble-Swift
Automobile Co. was formed by George W. Marble and George P. Swift.
George Swift was a mechanic and George Marble manufactured wood
rims for automobiles, prior to forming The Marble-Swift Automobile
This Marble Swift Runabout is a friction-drive two-seater with a 16
hp twin-cylinderengine. The automobile was noted for its patented
friction power transmitting mechanism with no cogs. The cylinders
were cast separately and had a bore of 4 inches with a stroke of 5
The chief distinguishing feature of the Marble-Swift was its
running gear that had a double disk friction drive system that
allowed for variable speeds, from minimum to maximum. The final
drive being by side chains from the two sides of the driven
countershaft carrying the disks. The wheelbase is 90 inches and the
tread 54 inches. The wheels are 28 inches in diameter and are
fitted with 31/2 inch tires. The springs are full elliptic in the
rear and semielliptic in front. The total weight of the Marble
Swift automobile is about 1,600 pounds.