1913 Hupmobile Model 32 Two-Seater
Chassis no. H37154
Engine no. 36720
For information regarding the background of the marque please see lot 417. In 1912 Hupmobile introduced their improved four cylinder, the Model H, or 32 as it was also referenced, the '32' standing for its horsepower rating. Built on a 106 inch wheelbase, and with plenty of power on tap, the new model was also interesting in that it saw the introduction of an all steel body, with panels produced for them by Hale and Kilburn, the railway carriage builders.
One of two Hupmobiles in the collection, this the earlier 'Hupp', appears to be a highly original benchmark example of the popular two seater that they offered, replete with its top, large headlamps, side and tail lamps and a klaxon mounted on the driver's side. In all visual respects from the simple, formula body to its distinctive fenders, it seems as if this is stock, with a possible repaint at some juncture.
As opposed to many cars that chose to have the ignition controls on the steering column, on the Hupmobile, there is a bold brass cluster in the center of the dash which serves to proudly proclaim the car that you are driving, lists the chassis number, and provides throttle, spark and choke controls. In addition on the dash is a large Stewart Speedometer, with trip and to the passenger side of the footwell, a clock is mounted on inside of the body. To examine the interior closely, it seems possible that the dash paintwork may be the original, as it has a certain patina and now crazing. The upholstery is in a simple grained fabric, which from its condition and its simplicity may also have considerable age.
Wearing an early Virginia license plate, this seems certain to allude to the car's history, although beyond this we are not aware of specific details of its life, except that it has resided in this Pennsylvania based collection for a number of years.
Following its longer term storage, the car has been made to run, but naturally it should be considered as needing a proper re-commissioning before active use. When ready, it would provide a purposeful car for H.C.C.A. events in the U.S. or indeed for light Edwardian car events with the Veteran Car Club in the UK.