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Rickenbaker D6 Coach Brougham

Year: 1925|Ext: Tan/Brown/Black|Int: Tan|

RB Collection is pleased to offer this rare and fascinating 1925 Rickenbacker D6 Coach Brougham. The Coach Brougham was one of the more luxurious bodies offered by Rickenbacker, recognizable for its faux landau irons and oval rear quarter windows. This lovely car has been in the same hands since the 1970s, with the owner treating the car to a cosmetic restoration approximately ten years ago. It is a sharp and attractive car, finished in a period color scheme and pleasingly well-detailed. The tri-tone black, brown, and cream livery is attractive and crisp with good quality paintwork. The body is in very good condition, with handsome, understated styling. It rides on period-correct wooden artillery wheels, with blackwall tires. Typical of the mid-1920s the plating and brightwork is minimal, though the few nickel-plated fittings are in good condition.

Opening the door reveals a remarkably well-preserved original interior. The fabric seats are in outstanding condition for their age, with a warm and pleasing patina to the seats and carpets. The door panels, headlining and interior panels also appear to be original, showing some slight aging but remaining in finely preserved condition. Details such as the rear window shade and interior opera lights add a sense of luxury, while the comfortable front seat points to this being a car for the owner-driver.
Mechanically, the Rickenbacker was well ahead of its competition. The 236 cubic-inch inline six produced a respectable 68 horsepower with remarkable smoothness and refinement. Our in-house restoration experts have inspected this great car and found it to have a strong engine compression and to be in sound mechanical order. It runs well and drives like a car several years newer, thanks to the smooth engine and excellent brakes. This is a tidy and attractive car, suitable for use on tours, club events and for casual shows and cruises. Very few Rickenbacker’s have survived through the years, and they are rarely found on the open market. This 1925 Coach Brougham is a wonderful example from this ill-fated yet fascinating marque. Despite the commercial failure and short production run, the Rickenbacker automobile proved to be worthy of the great man’s name.

For more information on this or any other automobile in our inventory, please contact Alex Ruozzi.

?Captain? Eddie Rickenbacker was a household name in the teens and twenties. Prior to America’s involvement in World War I, he was a successful racing driver, steering mighty Peugeots and Maxwells at Indianapolis at a time when racing was as deadly as it was thrilling. He then served his nation in war, becoming one of America’s most decorated war heroes and earning the title “Ace of Aces” for shooting down a confirmed 26 enemy aircraft. In 1920, Rickenbacker was approached by auto executives Barney Everitt, William Metzger, and Walter Flanders (formerly of E-M-F) to lend his famous name to a new automobile company. As an experienced racer, the car business was nothing new to Eddie. He understood the boardroom environment and through his racing and engineering training, he had a firm grasp on what made a quality motorcar. Rickenbacker was not only happy to lend his name to the project, but also to be a part of the exciting new car’s development.
To stand apart from the competition, “Captain” Eddie wanted to bring high-performance aircraft technology to the street, while still keeping the new Rickenbacker car priced competitively in the mid-market. Inspired by the highly advanced captured German aircraft he had inspected during the war, he envisioned a unique dual flywheel arrangement for the new inline-six cylinder engine. With the crankshaft balanced at both ends, the engine ran with remarkable smoothness. His motor racing experience led to the fitment of four-wheel brakes on all models – at a time when the Duesenberg Brothers were the only others to do so with their overhead cam, eight cylinder Model A. From a technical standpoint, the Rickenbacker was a remarkable car for the time and for the price. Sadly, the company tried to grow too quickly, and a series of unfortunate circumstances forced the closure of Rickenbacker in 1927.

  • Rare Rickenbaker D6 Coach Brougham
  • Original Interior
  • Same owner since 70’s