Rare restora­tion project

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - Front Page -

AVERY rare 1934 Hup­mo­bile Model J “Aero­dy­namic” Coupe is one of the stand­outs at Shan­nons Melbourne auc­tion on Mon­day.

Be­lieved to be one of just three J Se­ries Hup­mo­biles in Australia, the stylish tim­ber-framed Ray­mond Loewy-de­signed coupe with its swoop­ing cy­cle mud­guards, dis­tinc­tive three-piece wind­screen and rear rum­ble seat is 80-90 per cent com­plete, ac­cord­ing to Shan­nons.

The right-hand drive, in-line six-cylin­der Hup­mo­bile J Coupe, is un­der­stood to be an Aus­tralian car and was bought in Melbourne in 1973 by its cur­rent owner, who in­tended to re­store it su­per­fi­cially.

How­ever, on re­al­is­ing how rare the Model J “Rum­ble Seat” model was, the project was shelved un­til the restora­tion could be done prop­erly. The ve­hi­cle was then stored un­der cover in dry con­di­tions for the fol­low­ing 28 years.

The Hupp Mo­tor Com­pany of Detroit be­gan build­ing cars in 1909, but by the time the ad­vanced Model J was in­tro­duced in 1934 the De­pres­sion had dec­i­mated po­ten­tial cus­tomers. The last Hup­mo­bile Aero­dy­namic was built in 1937.

Shan­nons ex­pect the Model J Coupe to at­tract bids in the $25,000-$35,000 range. One of three: This 1934 Hup­mo­bile Model J Coupe in need of to­tal restora­tion is ex­pected to sell in the $25,000-$35,000 range at Shan­nons March 5 auc­tion.

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