1935 Studebaker Dictator Roadster  Chassis no. 1AR13291

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Lot 829
1935 Studebaker Dictator Roadster
Chassis no. 1AR13291

Sold for US$ 58,500 inc. premium
1935 Studebaker Dictator Roadster
Chassis no. 1AR13291
Brothers Clement and Henry Studebaker founded the enterprise bearing their surname in 1852 to produce wagons for Americans settlers making the perilous journey to the West. Based in South Bend, Indiana, Studebaker began selling an electric car in 1902 that would continue in very limited production through 1912. The first gasoline-powered vehicle, the Studebaker-Garford came in 1904, featuring a Studebaker body on a Garford chassis. Finally, in 1913, the first real Studebaker gasoline-powered car appeared. Studebaker found success in the medium-price market and, with its large distribution and dealer network, sold cars and trucks worldwide. By the mid-1930s, Studebaker was recognized as one of the leading independent automakers.

The 1935 Studebakers essentially continued the thoroughly modern, all-steel body designs of the 1934 models. The sweeping lines of the 1934 cars were further enhanced for ’35. A new, more narrow radiator grille with vertical fins anticipated the streamline designs just coming into vogue. Hood side louvers were now horizontal, further accenting the fast lines of the car.

The Dictator series were Studebaker’s most popular line for 1935, accounting for nearly half of the 49,062 Studebakers built that year. Built on a 114-inch wheelbase chassis, the Dictator was powered by an inline six-cylinder engine producing 88 hp at 3600 rpm. A three-speed manual transmission was used. The 1935 Dictators featured new hydraulic brakes, the first of Studebaker’s ‘Planar’ independent front suspension systems and new, smaller, 16” wheels with 6” x 16” tires. A rear-mounted spare tire with cover was standard.

The single open model in the Dictator line was cataloged as the Roadster model, although it included convenient roll-up windows—other manufacturers’ ‘roadsters’ of the era were distinguished from ‘convertibles’ by their snap-on side curtains. The Roadster cockpit was rated for two passengers, although it featured an unusually wide (for the time) front seat. An exposed rumble seat could hold two more on occasion. The windshield could be swung out at the bottom to provide direct ventilation. Priced at $780, the Roadster was competitive with other medium priced convertible coupes, such as the $800 Oldsmobile Six and $795 Dodge, also a 6-cylinder car.

An unknown but no doubt very limited number of 1935 Studebaker Roadsters were produced. They were historically significant, as they were the last 2-door open models Studebaker would build in the pre-war era. (A 4-door convertible sedan was offered in 1938 only; the 2-door convertible would not reappear until 1947.)

The 1935 Studebaker Dictator Roadster offered has been restored and presents a rare opportunity to acquire an open example of a streamline-era Studebaker.

Offered without reserve
1935 Studebaker Dictator Roadster  Chassis no. 1AR13291
1935 Studebaker Dictator Roadster  Chassis no. 1AR13291
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