Oklahomans John and Hayden Groendyke of Groendyke Transport specialize in collecting Auburn/Cord/Duesenberg Classics. But a few years ago, Hayden was bitten by the Hot Rod bug. The result is this stunning Marmon V16 fenderless low-boy roadster, conceived as a father/son project. There was no overriding reason to build it…essentially, the Groendykes just wanted to see if it could be done.
Hayden started by contacting his father’s pal, Richard Atwell, who offered up a stack of rare 1931 Marmon parts: 145-inch wheelbase frame, front and rear axles, semi- elliptic springs, hydraulic shock absorbers, 16-inch drum brakes, steering box, steering column and steering wheel. The 3-speed synchromesh transmission, driveshaft and, of course, the magnificent V16 engine are also Marmon.