Hershey

6 - 7 October 2011
Lot 211

1931 Studebaker President Eight Four-Seasons Roadster

From the Nethercutt Collection (29)

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$66,000 USD | Sold

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania

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Chassis No.
703XXXX
Engine No.
P1976
Body No.
80R-124
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Series 80. 122 bhp, 337.5 cu. in. inline L-head eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission with free wheeling, solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 122"

- Offered from the Nethercutt Collection

- Older professional restoration, formerly in the Harrah Collection

- CCCA Full classic

The big news at Studebaker for 1928 was the company’s first eight-cylinder engine, available in the President model. An inline sidevalve design, it had five main bearings and 4.7 to 1 compression, developing 100 brake horsepower, ten more than Cadillac’s larger V8. For 1931, the top of the line Presidents grew yet again, with wheelbases of 130 and 136 inches. The 337 cubic inch eight now developed 122 bhp, and free wheeling was standard on the three-speed transmission. With a nine-main-bearing engine, a Lanchester vibration dampener, and free wheeling, the company boasted “unprecedented quietness at every speed.”

The Nethercutt Collection acquired this Studebaker President Four-Seasons Convertible Roadster from the famed Harrah collection in 1986. Previous owners include Bob Foust of California. Restored by the late Darrell Dye, a specialist on Studebaker Presidents, it is handsome in the authentic combination of Absinthe Green over Coach Green, accented with Cream wheels.

With the exception of the 1933 Series 82, all Studebaker Presidents from 1929 to 1933 are accepted as Full Classics by the Classic Car Club of America. This car is thus eligible for all CCCA activities, including CARavan tours, as well as events of the Antique Automobile Club of America and other multi-marque organizations. Although as jaunty in appearance as a roadster, the Four-Seasons Convertible Roadster has roll-up side windows, making it ideal for touring in any weather. The rumble seat will carry luggage for two, easily accessible through the right side golf bag door.

Studebaker called the 1931 President the “World Champion Car” with a “Seasoned Eight,” the result of setting a record of 30,000 miles in 26,326 minutes. Surely this car will be a champion for its next owner.

Please note the car’s serial number tag is original and partially unreadable, which accounts for the 703xxxx chassis number listing.