1929 Studebaker Commander Dual Cowl PhaetonSOLD
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Estimate: $90,000-$120,000 US

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $93,500

Series FD, 80bhp, 337 cu. in. L-head inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed uit type manual transmission, front and rear semi-elliptic leaf springs with Lovejoy shock absorbers and a semi-floating rear axle, four-wheel mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 120"

One of the oldest names in the automobile industry, the Studebaker Company was formed in 1852 as a wagon manufacturer. By 1911, the Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company acquired and merged with the Everitt- Metzger-Flanders Company of Detroit to form the Studebaker Corporation. This new company marketed vehicles called the E-M-F ‘ 30, ’ the Flanders ‘ 20, ’ the Studebaker-Garford ‘ 40 ’ and a host of Studebaker Electric vehicles.

However, these models were discontinued after 1913, replaced instead by four and six-cylinder automobiles which bore only one name: Studebaker. In fact, in 1913 Studebaker became the third largest producer of automobiles in America, after Ford and Overland.

After the First World War was finished, Studebaker concentrated on producing rugged, reliable and solid performing automobiles that were functional yet attractive. By the late twenties Studebaker was firmly established as a successful manufacturer of mid market cars that offered luxury, comfort and stylish designs at an affordable price.

In 1928, four Studebakers were driven 30,000 miles around the board track in Atlantic City; running non-stop, the feat took 18 days and 18 hours with Ab Jenkins leading the charge. This was just one of the 114 records that Studebaker set that year, and amazingly, 35 were still standing 35 years later.

In light of the company ’ s successes in competition and Studebaker ’ s evolving performance image, it was decided that for the 1929 model year its mid-level Commander would be offered with the choice of either a six or an eight-cylinder engine.

Appearance wise, the Commander Six and Eight were virtually identical, distinguishable only by either an ‘ 8 ’ or a ‘ 6 ’ emblem on the headlight tie-bar. Significantly revised from the previous year, the new Commander bodies offered a lot more room to occupants, as a new double drop frame design allowed the car to be stretched and lowered. Both the Commanders were given adjustable driver ’ s seats, safety glass windshields, while the upscale Commander Eights were fitted with a speedometer, a gas gauge, an engine thermometer, tail and stop lights, a coincidental lock, a rear view mirror, an automatic wiper and a tire lock.

The 1929 Studebaker Commander Eight pictured here is the only Dual Cowl Phaeton ever built, as certified by the Studebaker Club and the National Institute of Transportation. It was ushered into the White Glove Collection in 2000 and immediately commenced a complete nut-and-bolt body-off restoration which included a full mechanical service. Upon completion, the Dual Cowl Phaeton was shown at the Meadow Brook Concours d ’ Elegance in 2004. Having been driven sparingly since that time, it is reported that it is still in peak form mechanically and is surprisingly light and easy to drive.

The Studebaker is very elegantly finished in white with a taupe colored beltline and fenders set off by burgundy pin striping and matching burgundy wire wheels. The interior is upholstered in black Connolly leather, which matched the black top. Desirable features on the Studebaker include dual side mounted spares with mirrors, wind wings with an etched floral motif and a rear mounted trunk finished in black. Ready for tour or show, this one of a kind Studebaker Commander Eight will standout at any event.

Reference Number 11255

as of 7/14/2007

Car 1929 Studebaker Commander Dual Cowl Phaeton
VIN 8010780 
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