1932 Studebaker President Four Seasons RoadsterSOLD

RM Auction - Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island - March 10, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $150,000 - $200,000

$176,000 Sold

122 bhp, 337 cu. in. nine main bearing side valve eight cylinder engine with three speed synchromesh transmission, leaf spring and solid axle front suspension and leaf spring and live axle rear suspension, four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 130"

One of the oldest names in the automobile industry, the Studebaker Company was formed in 1852 as a wagon manufacturer. By the late twenties, Studebaker was a successful manufacturer of mid-line cars.

In 1928, Studebaker made a bid for the fine car market with the introduction of the new President, featuring a new high output eight-cylinder engine. According to Studebaker, the new President “ finds a parallel in sustained speed only in the light of comets, meteors, and other heavenly bodies ” .

Marketing aside, it was this engine that earned Studebaker a strong reputation in the performance world. In 1928, three Presidents circled the Atlantic City board track for 25,000 miles, averaging 68mph. Later, in 1931, the engine was upgraded to nine main bearing construction, and a modified President won the Pike ’ s Peak hill climb. Studebakers were also quite successful at the Indy 500, always finishing in the top ten.

Despite what many consider to be a series of management misadventures, Studebaker was still a force in the market in 1931. Struggling with the acquisition of Pierce Arrow, and burdened with a diverse product line, the company rallied around the new President model to establish an image of spirited performance.

With the introduction of the nine main bearing version of the President engine for 1931, Studebaker stepped up its efforts to show off the car ’ s abilities. The results speak for themselves: Studebaker held 114 records, 35 of which would still stand 35 years later. No other car of its era was as successful in motor sports competition.

In 1932, the President was given suicide doors and a new grille, and consequently collectors today feel that the ’ 32 is the better looking of the two. According to club records, as many as 200 President roadsters may have been built, but to date, there are 54 known survivors from 1931 and only nine from 1932.

The example offered here was restored over a four-year period – after beginning with a solid, complete, and strong running car. A comprehensive body-off restoration to the highest standards was completed in 1994. The car ’ s record since that time speaks for itself:

Studebaker Club International, 1995 First in Class
AACA (Hershey), 1994 First, Junior
AACA (Hershey), 1995 First, Senior
CCCA Grand Classic, 1995 First, Primary
CCCA Grand Classic, 1996 First, Senior
Cincinnati Concours d ’ Elegance, 1995 First in Class
Cincinnati Concours d ’ Elegance, 1996 Most Elegant Open Car

In addition, word of the car ’ s achievements spread to California, resulting in an invitation to the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d ’ Elegance in 1995. The restoration still appears fresh, with excellent paint and chrome; interior appearance is also show quality, showing no evidence of wear or deterioration.

The styling and elegance of the President has long made it an icon of the classic car world. With only nine examples remaining, it is quite likely that the example offered here is the best of all.

Reference Number 7290

as of 2/20/2007

Car 1932 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster
VIN 91R121 
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