1930 Ruxton Model C Roadster

Darin Schnabel ©2019, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

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.

Carl Bomstead

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Carl has been writing for SCM for 19 years. His first article appeared in the February 1997 issue, and at least one of his articles has appeared in every issue since. When he’s not writing, he serves as a National Director for the Classic Car Club of America and tends to his extensive collection of automobilia. He has been a judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for the past 20 years, and he also judges at Amelia Island and other major concours. An extensive number of collector cars have passed through his garage, and a 1947 Cadillac 62 Series convertible and a 1968 Intermeccanica Italia are current residents.

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