Rare restoration project
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.