Lot 195

Amelia Island 2018

1935 Studebaker Dictator Roadster


$64,400 USD | Sold

United States Flag | Amelia Island, Florida



Chassis No.
  • Beautiful two-tone color scheme
  • Exceedingly rare roadster body style
  • Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) National First Prize winner

To reflect the focused, determined, and enduring qualities of its cars, in 1935 Studebaker sought a more rakish, chiseled look. An encircled bird-in-flight hood ornament helped emphasize the idea of motion even when parked. The taller, narrower, raked grille, the elongated bullet headlamps, and the long horizontal hood panels provided Studebaker with a sleeker, faster look. The bumper was no longer V-shaped but was rather a bow as if bent by the wind.

Yet, 1935 also emphasized more improved engineering and technology. The Planar independent front suspension was introduced on the Dictator Series 2A to provide a "Miracle Ride." Vacuum hydraulic brakes, overdrive free-wheeling, radio speaker provision in the headliner above the front windscreen, and the "Hill Holder," which locked the brakes when the driver depressed the clutch, were all new that year.

One of only a few 1935 Dictator roadsters known to exist, this Dictator, finished in a two-tone red and black combination, was treated to a comprehensive restoration about a decade ago and has held up very well, with beautiful paintwork and leather upholstery. Accolades include a National First Prize, awarded by the AACA in 1993.

Studebaker aimed for the very best with the Dictator roadster, and this example proves it. With its excellent restoration and attention to detail, this example is fit for any show. Beautiful and elegant, it will also slot nicely into any collection of uncommon American automobiles.