We’re about to get Studebaker owners all riled up with this new listing from Chicago. It is a rare 1921 Studebaker Special Six Touring car. The classic car dealer offering this rare gem for sale is Chicago Car Club. They state in their ad description that this car comes with its original drivetrain which is a Studebaker 289 cubic inch engine with a 3-speed manual transmission. The oddity that a Special Six Touring would actually have left the Studebaker plant with a 289 ci engine can be explained.
Studebaker built their first 289 ci engine in 1913 and it was in production until 1926. Hundreds of thousands were built and many are still running today. You have to remember that from 1915 to 1933, Albert R. Erskine was president of Studebaker, and he favored the “six cylinder only” policy for all those years. In fact, the cars were called Special Six and Big Six models. However, the Studebaker 289 ci engine was available from the factory. This Studebaker is VIN 3001849, and the engine number is 39001-6 with a date stamped on the engine (see photo on the ad page) of 12-23-1921. Chicago Car Club says the engine is believed to be original to the car.
This car is well preserved for its age. It is driver quality, not trailer queen quality. So you know it runs. “The car runs and drives nicely. Idles smooth and steady, shifts nicely, tracks and brakes straight,” they tell us.
The car comes with a number of photos of the car and its owner from the early 1950s, thanks to the Mohave County Historical Society in Arizona, as well as title and registration documents from 1969-2001, all showing long-term, Arizona-based ownership. There is also a photo log documenting a complete restoration of the car in the early 2000s.
It is not often that we see a Studebaker for sale of this vintage. A collector with a keen understanding of vintage cars might pick this one up at a very affordable price today. Follow this link to our blog site where you may read more on the historic impact of this early Studebaker. Chicago Car Club has also included a very detailed video walk-around tour of the car. You can even hear it run. Be sure to let us know your Studebaker stories in the comments section below the story.
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