1931 Studebaker President Eight Four Seasons Roadster
Chassis no. 7032247
Engine no. P1976
Body no. 80R-124
Series 80. Series 80. 122 bhp, 337.5 cu. in. inline L-head eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission with free wheeling, solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 130 in.
Perhaps the finest Studebaker ever built, the 1931 President Eight was a genuine luxury machine, every bit the equal of Packard, Cadillac, and others. Its eight-cylinder engine ran strongly, smoothly, and quietly on nine main bearings, producing 122 horsepower at 3,200 rpm, and was mounted upon a robust double-drop chassis with automatic clutch and Houdaille shock absorbers. Beautiful classical styling included distinctive oval headlamps and driving lights, as well as dramatic vee’d radiator shells and tall winged hood ornaments.
It is easy to forget that Studebakers of this era were true performance automobiles; during the 1920s and early 1930s no other American car, not even the Duesenberg, was more successful in competition. The 1931 President was aptly advertised as the “World Champion Car” with a “Seasoned Eight.”
The most desirable President Eight body style is the Four Seasons Roadster, so-named because it has a full convertible top and side windows, allowing it to be used by its owners in all weather.
The example offered here was formerly owned by Bob Foust of California and was restored by the well-known Studebaker expert, Darrell Dye, in the striking factory-correct color scheme of Absinthe Green and Coach Green. It was exhibited for some years as part of the famed Harrah’s Automobile Collection. When the collection was dispersed, it was acquired at the famous 1986 Harrah’s auction by the equally renowned Nethercutt Collection of Sylmar, California. The Studebaker would remain on display in the Nethercutt Collection for a full twenty-five years.
More recently part of a large private collection of fine prewar automobiles, the Studebaker has been freshened, including installation of a new top in a beautiful contrasting green color. It is a lovely and highly rare Full Classic, with outstanding performance that should be a thrill to the new owner.