Chassis n° 206
Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
Parijs – Paris
Frankrijk – France
Estimated : € 15.000 – 20.000
Sold for € 16.100
The turn of the 19th Century was a time when the USA’s fast-growing auto industry attracted talented engineers in droves. One such was Robert Craig Hupp, whose early career had included spells with Olds, Ford, and Regal. Introduced at the Detroit Auto Show in February 1909, the first Hupmobile was a racy-looking two-seater runabout on an 86" wheelbase – the Model 20 – that was powered by a 20hp four-cylinder engine and priced at $750. Production began in the US auto industry’s, and Robert Hupp’s, hometown of Detroit, Michigan in March 1909. Output totalled a little over 1,600 cars by the year’s end and more than trebled the following year. In November 1910 a Hupmobile tourer set off on an around-the-world trip, visiting 26 countries, and on its return to Detroit in January 1912 had covered some 48,600 miles, garnering much valuable publicity. Hupmobile’s success continued unabated, aided by the introduction in 1912 of a new 32hp four-cylinder car on a 106" wheelbase: the Model 32. 11,649 were sold in 1913 alone and the Model 32 would remain a fixture of Hupmobile’s range until the 1916 line-up was announced.
Imported from the USA in 1990, this Hupmobile Model 32 tourer has formed part of an extensive private collection in Ireland for many years. Restored in 2009, the car is described by the vendor as in generally very good condition, with ‘good’ engine. Offered with Republic of Ireland registration papers, this powerful 32hp car represents an attractive proposition for Veteran Car Club touring events.
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