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30 June 2005
c.1928 STUDEBAKER TWO SEATER ROADSTER WITH DICKEY
Registration No. YV 7484
Chassis No. 4086
Blue and black with black wings and black interior
Engine: six cylinders in line, side-valves, 60hp at 2,400rpm; Gearbox: three speed manual; Suspension: front beam, rear live axle; Brakes: four-wheel mechanical drum. Right hand drive.
It was in 1851, the legend goes, that a lone rider found a parcel of land on a bend of the St. Joseph River in Indiana with the three attributes he had long sought. The land was rich in hardwood, water power and loam, and the horseman was one of the Studebaker boys. There, at South Bend, the brothers started building wagons and prospered. Studebaker remained a family business until 1915 when financial expert, Albert Erskine, took over the reins. His mid-range Studebakers, well designed, efficiently built and shrewdly marketed, were stiff competition for the big makers.
Originally registered in London as confirmed by its registration plates, unfortunately very little is known about this Studebaker's later history, or indeed precisely when it came into the collection. However, its condition in general is fair and it appears to be substantially complete.
As an interesting restoration project the car will eventually provide a potent vintage touring car.
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