Hupmobile Model 20
Antique Car Collection
The Hupmobile Model 20 is an antique car produced by the Hupp Motor Car Company between 1909 and 1912. This small, affordable car was designed to appeal to the masses, and it quickly gained a reputation for its reliability and value.
The Model 20 was powered by a four-cylinder engine that produced 20 horsepower, hence its name. It was available in various body styles, including a touring car, a roadster, and a coupe. The car featured a simple but elegant design, with a long hood, a rounded radiator, and a sloping rear end. The interior was spacious and comfortable, with plenty of room for passengers and luggage.
One of the key selling points of the Model 20 was its affordability. When cars were still considered luxury items, the Hupmobile was priced to compete with more basic forms of transportation like horses and bicycles. The pricing made it an attractive option for people looking to upgrade from these older modes of transport but needing help to afford the more expensive cars on the market.
Despite its low price, Hupp built the Hupmobile Model 20 to last. It was constructed with high-quality materials and meticulous attention to detail, which helped to ensure that it would hold up well over time. As a result, many Model 20s remained on the road for years, and some are still in use today, more than a century after they were first produced.
Overall, the Hupmobile Model 20 was a significant car in American transportation history. It helped to bring vehicles within reach of the middle class, and it set a standard for reliability and value that other car makers would emulate in the years to come.
Cheery and authentic, this Hupmobile Model 20 was purchased by the Merrick Auto Museum in 1993. Dark blue with white pinstriping, it has a black cape top and a brass-framed accessory windshield. It has brass acetylene E&J Auto Lamp headlamps; side lamps and taillamp are E&J brass oil-fueled items. A compact oval fuel tank nests between the body and the spare tire. The seat is upholstered in plain black leather. The cream wood-spoke artillery wheels have blue striping.
The car was sold by Merrick Auto Museum at RM Sotheby’s auction in 2019.