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Survival rate of the 1931 President Four Season

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One of our Midway Chapter members is awaiting the Four Seasons roadster he recently purchased... He's quite excited to have acquired the "Holy Grail of Studebakers". as he puts it.

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7 hours ago, Studemax said:

One of our Midway Chapter members is awaiting the Four Seasons roadster he recently purchased... He's quite excited to have acquired the "Holy Grail of Studebakers". as he puts it.

 

I like the 31 a lot.  But isn't the 32 the "holy grail"?

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5 hours ago, alsancle said:

 

I like the 31 a lot.  But isn't the 32 the "holy grail"?

The dictionary describes it as an object or goal that is sought after for its great significance.  That is different for every collector.  I have both, so some might say the 33 is the Holy grail.  But not to me.  Had one and sold it.  There are 54 31 president roadsters, 8 of the 32, and 2 of the 33.  Some like the 31 for its true roadster look and the 32 for the classic look.   Both are great cars.

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These were fast cars and would have been driven hard and fast, so a lot would have been lost to accidents.

 

Studeq say everybody that wants one has one.

 

Not everybody! I want one, but haven't won Lotto yet.

 

 

 

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17 hours ago, Aussi John 1 said:

Studeq say everybody that wants one has one.

 

Not everybody! I want one, but haven't won Lotto yet.

 

I want one too, but I realise it is a pipe dream.

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So the 32 is 4 inches longer in the wheelbase which is all behind the door?   Also, the suicide doors?  Any other differences I can't see?

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These were fast cars and would have been driven hard and fast, so a lot would have been lost to accidents. Studeq say everybody that wants one has one. Not everybody! I want one, but haven't won Lotto yet.

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2 hours ago, Jet Doc said:

Rex,

Did you include the serial number, and body number of the '31 that went to Chile?

Jeff

Yep, It's in the roster.

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I thought Rex or Dick would have answered the question regarding, the differences between the 31 and 32, but a couple come to mind. The dash gauges are  different, the 31 has rectangular gauges and the 32 has round gauges.  The wheel size went from 19" in 31 to 18" in 32. I don't think that the chrome artillery wheels were available on the 31 Stude, but they had been available on the 1931 model 42 Pierce Arrow.  The carburetor went from an updraft in 31, to downdraft in 32. 1932 was the first year for the synchromesh transmission. The later 31's that used the external salon horns, used larger horn with a "stovepipe" horn cover. The 32 used a horn that was smaller and had a rounded cover. The 1932 used the bird on the radiator cap the 31 didn't. You will see 31's with the bird cap, but technically it's not correct. We 31 owners use them because we like them.

 

Studebaker didn't like set production year model changes. Instead they introduced the models when they saw fit. They continued to make running changes within the model run. The timing of the running changes, coincided closely to the model 42, model 54 and the 836/1236 Pierce Arrow, as well. As always the experts will step in to clean up anything that I got wrong.

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I hadn't checked the forum for a good while. Interesting to see such a post, making an internet picture roster of surviving cars. I hope we could have the same for many other interesting models in other brands.

 

Agreed, to my eyes, the President Four Season Roadster has to be the most significant Studebaker of all. Just gorgeous!

 

Victor

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Yes Goran did a great restoration on that car.  I had 2 for him to choose from and he took the bigger challenge for sure.

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On 6/25/2017 at 12:45 PM, studerex said:

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This is the '31 I was referring to earlier purchased by Midway Chapter member Bill Jones. He is currently having the chrome replated and the paint freshened up with the same colors and motif. I can guarantee you that Bill will be driving this once it's completed. He drives his Studebakers and Packards quite frequently in SDC driving tours and Veteran Motor Car tours. I can hardly wait to ride in it myself - should be a thrill.

 

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Here is a very complete and correct old restored Four Seasons Roadster for sale. This car runs great and a car that can be enjoyed as is or improved while you work on it. Its located in upstate NY. Im helping my friend sell the car . For more information or to come see it Call Mike  at 585 738 1541  Car is fairly priced at $57,500.00  585 738 1541

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On 6/19/2018 at 3:04 PM, Studemax said:

 

Body 1120 was owned by Mike Race.  Didn't he sell it to Chris Mahoney?

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