29 April 2000
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PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF LAWRENCE E. WARNER
1938 STUDEBAKER MODEL 84 STATE COMMANDER CONVERTIBLE SEDAN
Chassis No. 4105671
Engine No. H28-380
Canary yellow with green leather upholstery
Engine: six cylinder in-line, L-head, 226 ci., 90hp at 3400rpm; Gearbox: three-speed manual; Suspension: independent front, solid rear axle; Brakes: four wheel hydraulic drums. Right hand drive.
Studebaker of South Bend, Indiana made a fortune in the Nineteenth Century supplying wagons for the growing US economy as well as the Union Army in the Civil War, then moved slowly into self-propelled vehicles at the turn of the century. After a brief flirtation with electric power, Studebaker acquired E-M-F and developed the line of strong and reliable cars upon which its reputation was built. Competition and reliability runs demonstrated Studebakers' capability and by the late Twenties Studebaker was both successful and powerful.
The Thirties, however, was a difficult decade for Studebaker which suffered from the acquisition of the failed Pierce-Arrow, an unsuccessful attempt to take over White Motor and the Depression. Sales fell precipitously. Studebaker just survived and subsequently its cars got better and better, building back toward 100,000 cars per year and returning to profitability in 1936.
Although known for their good performance and solid quality, styling was an increasingly important factor in Studebakers' appeal. Clean and aerodynamic designs prevailed starting in the mid-Thirties and in 1938 Studebaker introduced the streamlined headlight nacelles that distinguish the car offered here, a treatment unique to 1938 on the State Commander and State President models. Tastefully accented below the headlights with chrome embellishments, with deliciously deco front bumper overriders, this State Commander convertible sedan is both stylish and impressive. Restored to concours condition by Mr. Warner at a total cost of some $150,000, it won an AACA National First Place in 1993 (is also a Senior Winner). It is, unusually, a correct original right-hand drive car, having initially been delivered to New Zealand.
It has had minimal use since the exacting restoration and for the past six years it has been in storage. Shortly before the auction the car will be serviced and checked over by a specialist restoration company. It is believed that only around 225 examples were produced in right hand drive form. Special features include the 'wig-wag' stop lights, Philco radio and heater. This stylish concours condition Studebaker warrants close inspection. It is sold with a large file of receipts attesting to the restoration.
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