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The first Hupmobile was created on November 1st, 1908, built by Robert Craig Hupp. Hupp had worked for Regal, Olds, and Ford but had decided to design and build his own interpretation of the automobile. His first creation was a two-passenger runabout that sold for around $750. A four-cylinder engine provided just under 20 horsepower and a sliding gear transmission sent the power to the rear wheels.

Production was strong in its first year, with 1618 examples being created. Production continued until the 1940's when the company was forced to file for bankruptcy.

By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2006
Runabout
Chassis Num: HMC2354
 
Sold for $24,200 at 2010 RM Auctions.
This Model 20 earned AACA National Award honors in 1986. It has an older restoration that was finished in red paint. It has matching correct brass lamps that are still in very good condition, and the top is similarly very good. Power is from an L-head four-cylinder engine that displaces 112 cubic-inches and produces 16.9 horsepower. There is a two-speed sliding gear transmission and two-wheel mechanical brakes.

In 2010, this Roadster was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey auction presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $20,000 - $30,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $24,200 including buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2010
Robert Craig Hupp had worked with Olds, Ford and Regal, before he built his own vehicle in November of 1908. It was a two-seat runabout powered by a four-cylinder water-cooled engine. It was introduced at the February 1909 Detroit Automobile Show where it was displayed as the 'Hupmobile Model 20.' Pricing was set at $750 which made it even less expensive than the Ford Model T. Production began in March at the newly-organized Hupp Motor Car Company.

During their first year of production, Hupmoible produced 1,618 cars. The following year they produced 5,340. Their height-of production was in the late 1920s, when they sold 65,862 vehicles in 1928 followed by 50,579 the following year. As the Great Depression began to tighten its grasp on the economy, production fell to 22,183 for 1930 and by 1936, Hupmobile produced just 74 vehicles.

Production of the Model 20 would continue from 1908 through 1913. For 1908, it was available only as a runabout. By 1911, three additional body styles became available including a two-passenger torpedo, a four-passenger touring car and a four-passenger coupe. In 1912, it was joined by a larger Model 32 which had a wheelbase size of 106-inches and a 32 horsepower engine.

1913 was the final year of production for the Model 20 (now called the Model 20-C) and still retained its 86-inch wheelbase and $750 price tag. It was now only available as a runabout.

By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2010
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