<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478

This lot has been removed from the website, please contact customer services for more information

Lot 41
1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster

US$ 170,000 - 220,000
€ 150,000 - 190,000
Amended
1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster
Chassis no. 7034735
Engine no. P1478

337ciL-head Inline 8-Cylinder Engine
122bhp at 2,800rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
Live Axle Suspension
4-Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes

*Sporting and elegant President Roadster
*Beautifully restored example in attractive colors
*Powerful eight-cylinder engine
*Full CCCA Classic


THE STUDEBAKER PRESIDENT

Studebaker can legitimately claim to be the oldest vehicle manufacturer in the United States. Started in 1852 the company became renowned for its rugged cargo wagons which they built in abundance for the Union forces in the Civil War and later supplied in quantity to the British army for the Boer War.

The company remained in the Studebaker family's hands and it was son-in-law Fred Fish who argued the importance of the emerging automobile business. Studebaker moved slowly, first with a few electric cars and commercial vehicles, then in a partnership with Garford into gasoline vehicles. Success followed success and in 1908 Studebaker, which had long had a large network of dealers for its wagons, began marketing the E-M-F and Flanders automobiles, eventually in 1911 acquiring E-M-F.

Studebaker built a reputation for solid, reliable vehicles. It was one the first to cast four and six-cylinder engines in single piece en bloc castings. By 1926 Studebakers all were 6-cylinder powered and priced comparably with Buick's sixes of the period.
In 1928, it introduced the eight-cylinder President line with 313 cubic inches and 100hp. The President put Studebaker firmly into luxury car territory which it further enhanced in 1928 with an increase in the engine's size to 337 cubic inches and 109hp. The crankshaft of the FB engine now ran in nine main bearings, enhancing both durability and smoothness.

Studebaker was active in competition and record-setting attempts that highlighted both the performance and the reliability of its cars, setting numerous records in extended closed course runs. In 1930, a pair of President engined specials were privately entered in the Indianapolis 500 with Russ Snowberger driving his President to eighth overall. He followed that up in 1931 with a fifth-place finish.
With this kind of demonstrated success, Studebaker entered the 1931 model year with an outstanding range of six- and eight-cylinder automobiles topped by the prestigious President Eight.

Raymond Dietrich consulted with Studebaker on coachwork design and one of the new designs for the 1931 President was the sleek, comfortable, exclusive Four Seasons Roadster. Built on the 130-inch Model 80 wheelbase the Four Seasons Roadster offered the comfort of a roll up window fully enclosed convertible body and the style of an open roadster.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This beautifully restored 1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster was comprehensively restored in 2005 in a subtly attractive livery combining a pale grey body with light grey fenders and running boards accented with red beltline molding and wire wheels and matching red leather upholstery. The black cloth convertible top and its tight fitting top boot are bound in red to complete the harmonious color scheme.

It is comprehensively equipped including the distinct oval headlights characteristic of Studebakers of this period, dual side mounted spares with black cloth covers and strap on rear view mirrors, wide whitewall tires and a body color luggage trunk. The bodywork includes a rumble seat with accessory step plates and a golf bag or luggage access door on the right. The windshield folds flat against the hood for the ultimate in sporting driving.
The restoration is impressive and complete without being taken to excess. The engine compartment, underbody, chassis and interior fittings shine like new. The upholstery and top are barely used.

Studebaker built only 6,340 Model 80 Presidents in all body styles in 1931 of which the sporting Four Seasons Roadster would have been but a small factor yet some 54 are known to survive. It is a rare body style today but even this survival rate is a strong indication of the esteem in which these luxurious, powerful, attractive roadsters have been held by collectors in the 86 years since they were built.

Eligible for the full complement of events of the Classic Car Club of America, this 1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster will show with distinction and tour with ample open road performance.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note, the correct engine no. is P1487 and the title is in transit.
Contacts
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
<b>1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster </b><br />  Chassis no. 7034735<br /> Engine no. P1478
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

Like the vast majority of auctioneers Bonhams charge what is known as a Buyer's Premium. Buyer's Premium on all Automobilia lots will adhere to Bonhams group policy:

25% up to £50,000 of hammer price,
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 of hammer price,
and 12% on the balance thereafter. This applies to each lot purchased and is subject to VAT.

For Motor Cars and Motorcycles a 15% Buyer's Premium is payable on the first £50,000 of the final Hammer Price of each Lot, and 12% on any amount by which the Hammer Price exceeds £50,000. VAT at the standard rate is payable on the Premium by all Buyers, unless otherwise stated.

Some lots may be subject to VAT on the Hammer Price. These lots will be clearly marked with the relevant symbol printed beside the lot number in the catalog.

Payment Notices

Payment for purchases may be made in or by (a) cash, (b) cashier's check or money order, (c) personal check with approved credit drawn on a U.S. bank, (d) wire transfer or other immediate bank transfer, or (e) Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit, charge or debit card. Please note that the amount of cash notes and cash equivalents that can be accepted from a given purchaser may be limited.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Special Car Dealer Notices

Dealers license, number 49015