Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Four generations of the Gapp family have enjoyed this 1916 Oakland Model 50 V8

Bought by a father of 8 presumably for getting all the kids to town, it was the daily driver for 18 years. Around the mid 30's it was only used for an occasional 4th of July parade, but it was stored until 1987 without any consistent use. Then stored in a sealed crate for 25 more years.


  1. Very interesting...will this car remain a "barn find" pretty much as
    we see it now, or will it be restored? I have a 1916 Model 32 touring,
    the baby brother of the Model 50. Mine is an ohv6, first year for
    that engine, and also remained in the same family for 3 generations,
    all of them machinists, in Petaluma, CA. I'm in Tujunga, CA and have
    been thinking of selling the Oakland, which has duplicate parts
    galore, brand new wheels, orig top & side curtains (hammered, of
    course) engine is also rebuilt, never run. Good luck with yours!
    I wrote the on-line version of Oakland Motor Car history for OOCI
    soem years ago. I'm a docent at the Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, CA
    Dennis McCargar,

    1. Hello again Dennis! I believe we met at the Nethercutt a couple years ago! This car isn't mine, I'm just sharing the story, sounds like they will not restore it, but keep it running and enjoy it. I hope you find a good home, and a good price for your Oakland if you do sell it