I bought this matching number engine from Rex Miltonberg, the world authority on mid year 1930 Studebaker Presidents. It was manufactured the same week as our car was and was almost certainly the engine that came with it originally from the factory. When we purchased this car in 1973 from a museum it turns out it had a 1930 Pierce Arrow engine which had 9 bolt main bearings instead of the 5 that the President engine came with and was much more desirable when the engine had to be replaced. And since Studebaker made Pierce Arrow from about 1928 to 1933? That engine would drop right in. I actually have that Pierce engine rebuilt and ready to go if any Pierce Arrow guys want to buy it.
|Mid Year 1930 FH Studebaker President Roadster|
The late model 1930 FH Studebaker Presidents were only made from
about May or June through approximately Nov 1930 when the production on the 1931s
began. Our car and one other were the first Studebaker Presidents to EVER become full Classics in the Classic Car Club of America on
September 13, 1983. AND ... On December 13th, 1983 the CCCA Awarded all other Studebaker Presidents 1929 thru 1932 Automatic Classic Status as a
direct result ours being the first Studebakers to become Full CCCA Classics.
There are ONLY 5 Late Model 30s known left in existence & this is one of only 2 Roadsters! David Lane in New Zealand owns the other which was modified in New Zealand in 1930 when new from the front cowl back and made 6" wider. Records show Studebaker shipped it to New Zealand To be finished by one of their coach builders to save on the Huge tariff fees otherwise.
Becky & I have owned ours for 43 years! We purchased ours from an auto museum in 1973. The others being FE sedans. They are the ONLY Studebakers that have radiator shuttered shells. They also differ from the 1929s and early year 1930s (that were actually 1929s and sold as 1930s during the depression) by having the large hub caps. Our Sport Roadster also had a small factory wind screen in front of the rumble seat too.
Side mount spares were an option for the Roadsters for an additional $60. The dealer also painted the primed cars any color for a $75 option. My Roadster has a 125 inch wheel base, 336 cu. in. straight 8 engine delivering 115 HP. The engine is original with exact matching numbers recently restored in 1997 to exact factory specifications & colors thanks to Rex Miltenberger current President of ASC! The car also has rare after market port & starboard navigation lights on the running boards to match the red & green jewel sided head lights. And, the only other oval Driving Light I know of is on a Duesenburg. We purchased this car in 1973 from an auto museum in Paradise CA. Terry Rust & Myself drove this car in the Great American Race in 1984! We came in first on one of the days. We went dressed as gangsters with a real Thompson Submachine gun. (semi-automatic) Hit man Harry rode in the rumble seat just like he is now! Darrell Dye was the mechanic that followed us The car has been featured on & in many magazines & calanders. It is owned by Dave & Becky Hemp
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