Studebaker Coupe Express Custom Pickup

Today, when we think of “light duty” or “pickup trucks”, the many offerings of the Big Three usually come to mind. However, Studebaker was an early force behind the development of light-duty commercial vehicles, beginning with limited numbers of gasoline and electric-powered vehicles in 1904. In fact, the Suburban of 1908 was perhaps the earliest forerunner of the modern pickup truck. A dual-purpose vehicle, it was easily converted from an open passenger car to a cargo and luggage hauler by virtue of its innovative removable rear seat.

After the Studebaker-EMF merger of 1911, a series of panel and express delivery models were introduced. Following the end of World War I, however, Studebaker ceased production of its light-duty commercial vehicles until 1927, when a wide range of new models appeared, based on the Dictator passenger car chassis and front sheet metal. Again, Studebaker largely abandoned this market from 1931 until 1937, when it released the Coupe Express. Featuring attractively rounded, Art Deco-inspired tear drop styling, the Coupe Express was perhaps the most attractive, comfortable, and well-equipped light truck in America. While never produced in large numbers, the Coupe Express continued through 1940, and was Studebaker’s best-selling light truck model to date.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2009 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.

350hp, 304 cu. in. Studebaker V8 engine, Paxton Supercharger, GM 700R4 four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, independent front suspension and four-link rear suspension with Air Ride Technologies air-assisted coil springs, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 116"

Source: RM Auctions

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