1922 Hupmobile Series R Five Passenger Touring
Chassis no. R-72703
Engine no. R-72709
The turn of the 19th Century was a time when the United States' fast-growing auto industry attracted talented engineers in droves. One such was Robert Craig Hupp, whose early career had included spells with Olds, Ford and Regal. Introduced at the Detroit Auto Show in February 1909, the first Hupmobile was a racy-looking two-seater runabout on an 86" wheelbase - the Model 20 - that was powered by a 20hp four-cylinder engine and priced at $750. Production began in the US auto industry's - and Robert Hupp's - hometown of Detroit, Michigan in March 1909. Output totalled a little over 1,600 cars by the year's end and more than trebled the following year.
In November 1910 a Hupmobile tourer set off on an around-the-world trip, visiting 26 countries, and on its return to Detroit in January 1912 had covered some 48,600 miles, garnering much valuable publicity. By this time Robert Hupp had left the company following a disagreement with his business partners. Nevertheless, Hupmobile's success continued unabated, aided by the introduction in 1912 of a new 32hp four-cylinder car on a 106" wheelbase, the Model 32. 11,649 were sold in 1913 alone and the Model 32 would remain a fixture of Hupmobile's range until the 1916 line-up was announced. For many years Hupmobile, like Dodge and Chevrolet, built nothing but four-cylinder cars, the last of the line being the Model R manufactured from late 1917 through to 1925.
From comparisons with the cataloged Series R for this year, this appears to be an absolutely correct stock example of the Five Passenger Touring model. By this stage, in line with its contemporaries, we can see details such as a raked windshield had arrived on the Hupps, but there are a number of detail features which arguably make the car more individual or better detailed than its contemporaries. Of note are the angled hood louvers, two piece opening windshield, solid feeling cast aluminum steering wheel, and on this car specifically, possibly being options are wind wings and a front bumper, it also features artillery/wood spoked wheels as opposed to metal disc wheels which were offered at the time.
In long term Pennsylvania collection ownership from which the car has recently emerged, with some basic re-commissioning the car has been made to run and drive, and it is offered with some period tools and a jack.
- Please note that the correct engine number for this vehicle is R72909, and it is titled under this number.