Roosevelt Automobiles

Roosevelt automobiles the first eight-cylinder auto to sell for less than $1,000.
“I own a 1929 Roosevelt and I am looking for some info on it. I would like to know if the factory or any museums still exist?”

Probably the best reference for Marmon and Roosevelt is The Marmon Heritage, by George P. Hanley, ISBN 0961581700 , © 1985. Unfortunately this book is out of print, but may be available from Internet antiquarian booksellers.

Another excellent resource is National Automotive History Collection at the Detroit Public Library.

The Marmon Motor Car Company produced the Roosevelt for two years, 1929 & 1930. The Roosevelt earned the distinction of being the first eight-cylinder auto in the world to sell for less than $1,000.

Marmon Plant 3 and the final assembly plant still exist as part of the Eli Lilly & Company West Morris Street complex in Indianapolis. I am not aware of any museum specifically for Marmon or Roosevelt.

Marmon Plant 3

Marmon Plant 3 part of the Eli Lilly & Company West Morris Street
With over thirty years in the hobby, I have yet to see a Roosevelt in person.

Hope this helps.

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