1934 Hupmobile Model W Series 417 3 Window Coupe
Engine:80HP Flathead 6, 224ci
Hupmobile was an American automobile built from 1909 through 1939 by the Hupp Motor Car Company in Detroit, Michigan, founded by Robert C. Hupp. Mr Hupp worked for Olds, Ford and Regal, before he began to manufacture his own car; bearing his name. Hupmobile did quite well through the teens and twenties with 1928 sales of 65,862. However; sales fell to 50,579 in 1929 (when over 100,000 was expected) and with the Great Depression Hupp was in trouble, as were many other automobile companies. But Hupmobile still had a couple of bright spots ahead, if not in sales, certainly in styling. As sales started to decline around the time of The Great Depression, Hupmobile decided to adapt newer designs to boost sales. 1934 saw the introduction of a striking restyle called the "Aerodynamic" by Raymond Loewy, as well as the lower-priced series 417-W, “3 Window Coupe” using Murray built, slightly-modified Ford bodies. Raymond Loewy also designed the legendary electric locomotive of the Pennsylvania RR, the mighty GG1. In use from 1934 to 1984 between New York and Washington DC. He also designed the original Amtrak logo.
A total of 4707 Coupes were produced with a base sticker of $795.00. There are a believed to be 5 surviving “3 Window Coupes,” making this Hupmobile ultra rare!
The motorcar offered has lived much of a sheltered life in the Midwest. The car remained largely original until the late 1970s, when a lengthy restoration was started, that was completed in the mid-1980s. The comprehensive restoration began with removing the body from the frame. As you can see, the chassis is in good shape with only signs of use but no damage in its past. The engine was removed and rebuilt using many nos parts and the transmission was opened and inspected and then reassembled using new seals. The driveline consists of the original 224CI flathead 6-cylinder engine mated to a 3-speed manual transmission. All other elements such as: electrical, preparation for paint, chrome and upholstery were checked thoroughly and prepared ensuring a proper restoration. No stone was left unturned during the lengthy restoration.
The car today still enjoys that refurbishment and has held up quite well and is quite impressive overall. There are a few very minor signs of use and age, but it could pass for a much fresher specimen and it's still ideal for tours and casual shows. The flashy two-tone paint job takes advantage of the body's fluid lines to make for natural break points. Up front, the large, oval-shaped headlights, marked “Flex Beam,” with original lenses properly marked “Top Left,” and “Top Right,” are definitely a center point while surrounding a “waterfall grille.” The chrome is in excellent shape, and there are many small details that make cars like this special: the hood ornament, the beautiful hood louvres, and the taillight with ''HUPP'' emblazoned on the lens, and the original “Hupmobile” gas cap. The beige cloth interior is a pretty accurate representation of what you got in 1934, with basic patterns and attractive original materials. The spacious “rumble seat” area is trimmed in vinyl for all weather use. The rear window, rolls down effortlessly and the original shade is quite impressive. The suicide doors are a cool look and quite functional as sliding into the front seat is very easy. The door panels are finished in matching fabric with integrated door pockets. The instruments are arranged in a center panel and show lovely art-deco lettering that was the height of fashion. All gauges are in proper working order. The car starts effortlessly and is perfect for around-town driving without a lot of shifting, and it'll cruise at 50-55 MPH. This Hupmobile will surely be a topic of conversation wherever it goes.
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