1910 Hupmobile Model 20 RunaboutSOLD
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Estimate: $40,000-$50,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $82,500

16hp, four stroke, inline
four-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, front semi elliptic with rear single elliptic suspension and rear-wheel mechanical brakes.
Wheelbase: 83"

Robert Craig Hupp built the very first Hupmobile November 1, 1908, staking his claim in the automotive industry after having worked for Olds, Ford and Regal. The car was a two-passenger runabout with an impressive array of equipment for a car targeted at the $750 range. The ignition system had a high-tension magneto as opposed to a dry cell battery system common to lower priced vehicles. The two-speed sliding gear transmission was a big upgrade from the planetary gear set transmission of the day and power came from a sophisticated 16bhp water-cooled four stroke four-cylinder engine. The first production version of the Hupmobile was designated the Model 20 and was virtually identical to the very first prototype.

In the first year of production (1909), a remarkable 1,618 Model 20s were produced. The following year a stock Hupmobile started a lap of the planet that would take 15 months, covering 48,600 miles and crossing 26 countries. With the lap successfully completed, Hupmobile had established a reputation of being adventurous, well engineered and reliable.

Hupmobile would continue building cars for over 30 years before being purchased by White Consolidated Industries after filing for bankruptcy in 1940. A little known fact, Hupmobile survives today as Hupp Inc., building industrial heating and air conditioning units.

The 1910 Hupmobile Model 20 Runabout presented here was completely restored both cosmetically and mechanically to the highest degree. Careful to adhere to original Hupmobile specifications, during restoration the Runabout was refinished in its original colors.

Having never been campaigned at show or on tour, the Hupmobile presented here offers its next owner with a multitude of options. With 16 horsepower and being an excellent running example, it would be a fine candidate for any Brass and Gas touring event. Also, this remarkably correct example in high-point condition would do impressively well on the show field. With no miles acquired on the restoration, the Hupmobile would also be quite content residing in the collection of any discerning enthusiast where it would most certainly be appreciated for all its many fine qualities.

Reference Number 8696

as of 4/18/2007

Car 1910 Hupmobile Model 20 Runabout
VIN 13871 
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