Arizona

19-20 January 2017

Offered from the Jules Barsotti Collection

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Lot 206

1918 Oakland Model 34-B Touring

  • Engine no. C68629

Sold for $13,200


44 hp, 177 cu. in. Northway L-head inline six-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle, full floating rear axle, and rear-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 112 in.

  • Offered from the Jules Barsotti Collection
  • Older restoration in very presentable condition
  • Ideal for Nickel Era tours or to begin a Pontiac collection
  • “The Oakland from Oakland”


Oakland Motor Car Company is largely remembered today as one of the founding names of General Motors, and it is also the company that created the car from which the Pontiac was born. It is easily forgotten that the company was around for 24 successful years, that, in its day, it was a household name, and that it made its mark on the American automobile scene with its stylish yet powerful cars.

Edward Murphy and Alanson Brush had run the Pontiac Buggy Company in the Michigan town of the same name. They desired to enter the automotive age, and they used Brush’s small two-cylinder car, the design for which Cadillac had rejected, as a platform in which to enter this growing fast-paced world. Slow sales of the early models in 1908 must have convinced Murphy that Cadillac had the right idea, as the company soon switched to four- and, later, six-cylinder models that became highly regarded for their performance and durability.

The acquisition of this very American automobile by Jules Barsotti, a man who made his life around Mercedes-Benz, may seem unusual. However, it was actually a natural acquisition, as, a country away from Oakland County, Michigan, Mr. Barsotti established his second European Motors dealership in Oakland, California—and acquired the 1918 Model 34-B touring thereafter as a result. It has remained near Oakland for many years and wears an older cosmetic restoration, still very presentable, in bright royal blue and black, with a black interior. Polished wooden wheels with bright blue brake drums behind act as an attractive accent. The dashboard gauges appear original, with the odometer noting 2,981, likely mileage since completion of the restoration work.

A charming addition to any GM or Pontiac collection, this is a cheerful little car that will bring much happiness to its new owners—regardless of which Oakland they live near!

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Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

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Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

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Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more