Described as “The Most Turbulent Tale in Automotive History,” the Ruxton story of America’s first front-drive automobile is a saga worthy of a big-screen production.
The car was launched at the onset of the Great Depression. Author Jeffrey Godshall described the Ruxton as “a brilliant machine that never had a chance.”
The Ruxton journey was twisted, as they placed production under a holding company (New Era Motors) in 1929 and moved through a series of financial and legal battles, corporate takeovers and production machinations to get the car built. With the economy in tatters and no market for high-end cars, they filed for bankruptcy in 1930.
This car has a well-known history and is Body 11 of the 12 Ruxton roadsters produced — and it is one of seven remaining. It has been restored over the years only as necessary and is a very honest Ruxton that has been shown extensively.