The Auburn Auction

Lot 22
1925 Studebaker Special Six Duplex Roadster

Selling on Saturday Evening

1925 Studebaker Special Six Duplex Roadster
Offered from The Roaring Twenties Collection

CHASSIS NO: 3134349

• A prime example of early Studebaker’s market flexibility
• Pleasing unusual body style
• Attractive colors, certain to impress onlookers

242 cid L-head inline six-cylinder engine, 50 HP, three-speed manual transmission with single reverse gear, floor mount shifting controls, semi-floating rear axle; wheelbase: 120”

Studebaker was originally founded in 1852 as the Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company of South Bend, Indiana. Initially producing wagons for farmers, miners, and the military, it was not until 1911 that Studebaker would enter the automotive business as its own independent marque. The Special Six Series, which began production in 1918, was Studebaker’s mid-range model. Available in several body styles, the Special Six enjoyed positive sales numbers throughout its production years and was eventually rebadged as the Studebaker Commander. For the 1925 model year, the Studebaker Special Six debuted the Model EQ which was available as either a Duplex Phaeton or a Duplex Roadster utilizing pull-down side curtains for inclement weather.

Offered from The Roaring Twenties Museum Collection, this three person Duplex Roadster is part of the “Sheriff” series which was used by the Texas and Arizona Rangers. Interestingly, it was also favored among Bootleggers who affectionately dubbed it “The Whiskey Six.” Featuring a black rigid steel-reinforced top, pinstriped baby blue paint, and black fenders and running boards, this Studebaker is bound to impress. Additional exterior features on this car include the distinctive, fluted radiator shell which was continued from previous years, drum style headlights, and a fluted hood panel. Note also that this Studebaker also includes dual rear-mounted spare tires and dual spotlights, both options for the car. The interior of this Studebaker features a single black bench seat, a column floor shifter, and a brown wooden steering wheel. The dashboard instrument cluster includes an Elgin clock, amperemeter, fuel gauge, oil pressure gauge, speedometer, trip meter, and an odometer.

From carriages to cars, Studebaker cemented a reputation by building durable, high quality vehicles. Reliability and performance also set Studebaker apart from the rest of the automotive manufacturers. It was this broad and deep commitment to quality that further developed the brands’ reputation. Studebaker’s innovations and commitment to solid engineering never faltered. Though Studebaker is long gone, their reputation continues to be demonstrated through the continued enjoyment of products like this highly sought-after 1925 Special Six Roadster.

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