The innovative American Motors Company of Indianapolis, IN, is best remembered for their famous “Underslung” models. These striking designs placed the frame rails below the axles, giving a significantly reduced center of gravity along with a sporting profile. Significantly oversized wheels remedied the problem of ground clearance. This design innovation resulted in a chassis with remarkably sure handling while still retaining the necessary clearances to handle the poor road conditions of the day.
The effect of the underslung chassis, with its big wheels, was dramatic and memorable and helped make the Underslung a style and performance icon of the pre-war era. These charismatic machines have been prized since the day they were built, and the owners were a list of automotive luminaries. Captain Larz Anderson bought one new, and another became one of Briggs Cunningham’s first and most prized antique automobiles.
The car is one of the ultimate machines of its day and highly sought after for both its looks and advanced technical specifications, and the chance to purchase a great Underslung is an exceptionally rare thing indeed.