December 21, 2007

1929 Ruxton “Alligator” prototype to be sold at Barrett-Jackson Auction

The 1929 Ruxton prototype roadster known as the Alligator.
The 1929 Ruxton prototype roadster known as the “Alligator.” Click image to enlarge

Scottsdale, Arizona – A 1929 front-wheel drive Ruxton prototype roadster, known as the “Alligator”, will be sold at no reserve at the 37th annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event on January 12-20 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The roadster is the only one built and will cross the block during Speed’s live television coverage on Saturday evening.

“Barrett-Jackson began 37 years ago by offering some of the most important collectible prewar classics in the world,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Today, demand is still strong for crown jewel cars like this incredible Ruxton ‘Alligator’ that have proven provenance, and represent important milestones. This car has a fascinating history and showcases some of the advanced technology that could have revolutionized the auto industry if the Great Depression had not created so much turmoil. It’s a car that symbolizes what might have been.”

The car was created by engineer William Muller for the New Era Motor Company. His car incorporated all of the features of the Ruxton, including a 4.4-litre straight-eight engine, but with a supercharger and shortened body and frame. The car is currently not supercharged. It was restored in late 2006 using a number of original parts.

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