Some distinctive jazz age style will grace the auction room at this Thursday’s Bonhams’ Scottsdale Auction for classic and historic motorcars at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona.
An early production example of the innovative and highly fashionable American Ruxton Model C will come under the Bonhams gavel on Thursday January 28th.
Modeling a very distinctive period multi-tone blue-ish coachwork, this 1930 Ruxton sedan stands at just 5 feet and 3 inches high, around 10cm lower than its more conventional American saloon rivals of the time.
This unusual ground-hugging stance was down to the Ruxton’s pioneering under-slung chassis, combined with front-wheel-drive, given this luxury sedan a hunkered down, ready to pounce look. The Ruxton’s 8-litre motor sat low under a long, flat hood, almost dwarfed by the Model C’s 19-inch wheels and white wall tyres.
After a long and painful gestation period throughout the latter half of the 1920s, production of the expensive and technically advanced Ruxton did eventually begin in June 1930, only to come to an end in November of the same year, making this example very rare.
The Ruxton’s distinctive multi-layered paint scheme was the work of the Broadway theatre set designer Josef Urban, recruited by Ruxton to ensure its cars were as eye-catching and desirable as possible.
The Ruxton’s livery at the Bonhams auction consists of six different shades of blue, neatly accented by a purple beltline and wheels, all of which are original colour schemes for the model. The sales estimate for this interesting and unusual car is between $450,000 and $600,000.