1915 Studebaker Model SD Four Roadster
$20,000 - $30,000Offered without reserve
RM | Auctions - HERSHEY 10 - 11 OCTOBER 2019 - The Merrick Auto Museum Collection - Offered on Thursday
- Sturdy stalwart Studebaker
- High-quality restoration
Having worked its way out of alliances with Garford and E-M-F, Studebaker Corporation prospered in the early ’teen years, ranking third or fourth in the industry building quality medium-priced, four-cylinder cars. Six-cylinder engines were added to the mix in 1913, but the fours continued to dominate, selling at about three times the six-cylinder volume.
For 1915 Studebaker cars got a more streamlined appearance, although mechanically they remained much the same. The Model SD four-cylinder car had a 192-cubic-inch L-head engine developing 30 bhp, 50 percent more than the Model T, whose powerplant was only 8 percent smaller. It also cost about twice as much as a T, so they were not aimed at the same
demographic. There were but two body styles—a roadster like this car, and a touring model.
This 1915 Studebaker Model SD roadster is painted maroon with black fenders. In appearance, it’s very much like a larger Model T, albeit more sophisticated. The buttoned black leather upholstery is like nothing in a Model T, and the driver’s seat is set slightly forward from the passenger’s, giving more legroom for those not operating the pedals. Instrumentation includes an ammeter and oil pressure and fuel gauges. The engine compartment is immaculate, a testament to the high-quality restoration. The car drives on varnished wood-spoke artillery wheels mounted with whitewall tires that give a nice contrast to the fenders and body. Behind the body tub is a luggage compartment.
A spirited Studebaker, this example is bound to please its new owner.