1932 Hupmobile Roadster
Robert Craig Hupp, born in 1887, had a career in the auto industry that included working for Olds Motors, Ford Motor Company and Regal. He left Ford in 1908 and organized the Hupp Motor Car Company. In 1909, the Hupmobile Model 20 was introduced. It was first shown to the public at the Detroit Auto Show in 1908. In its introductory year, 1,618 examples were produced. In 1910, production increased by more than 5,000.
In 1911, Robert Hupp left the Hupp Motor Car Company after a dispute with his partners and began pursuing other automobile production ventures. Robert began using his initials, much like Ransom E. Olds had done when forced from his company. From 1912 through 1919, Robert Hupp produced RCH electric automobiles.
Hupmobile's production continued to grow as the beautifully designed cars captured more and more of the market. Production peaked in 1928 with 65,862 cars. However, the oncoming depression, freewheeling business practices and overexpansion saw profits and production fall dramatically. Even though Hupmobile quality was as high as ever, a Hupmobile placed 5th at Indianapolis. By 1932, production of Hupmobiles had fallen to 10,467 units, just 64 cars more than the company had made in 1914.
1932 was also the year Hupmobile began designating model year and wheelbase in its series code. Thus, this 1932 Hupmobile B216 was made in 1932 and sat on a 116" wheelbase. It is equipped with a 228.10-cubic inch, Strait 6-cylinder, 3.7-liter, engine with a 3 3/8 inch bore and 4 ¼ inch stroke rated at 75 Hp. The Model B216 was originally priced at $1075.