1934 Hupmobile Aerodynamic

 

Model: Aerodynamic

Body Style: Four Door Sedan

Engine: in-line eight cylinder, L-head valve arrangement, 115 horsepower

Transmission: Three speed manual

Chassis: Steel construction

Wheelbase: 127”

Wheels: Steel Artillery Wheels

Tires: 700 x 16”

Body Construction: Steel

Exterior Color: Silver / Maroon

Interior Color: Maroon

By the 1930s, cars by the Detroit-based Hupp Motor Company were becoming very stylized automobiles that carried affordable price tags and offered advanced design features not seen in many affordably priced vehicles. By the early 1930s, Hupmobile was using some of the most significant 20th century designers to aid in vehicle designs. Among these were Amos Northup and Raymond Loewy. The most dramatically designed Hupmobile would be produced in 1934 and called the Aerodynamic Hupmobile. The new Aerodynamic model was largely designed by Loewy with help from Northup and featured dramatically faired-in headlamps, a three piece windshield and a tire-carrying fastback rear design. The vehicle was further enhanced by the use of pressed steel artillery wheels, split front bumpers, and aerodynamic designed door handles, tail lamps, mascot and a raked chromed waterfall style front grill. The angle of the grill was repeated on the hood’s louver doors as well as the A pillar of the body which was raked as the same angle of the windshield giving a continuous line.

The interior design of the Hupmobile Aerodynamic was also very clean and simple in design and echoed the form seen in the most stylish and modern home furnishings of the era. It was an interesting blend of European and American styling and represented the popular lines seen in so many of the contemporary and stylized products built during the height of the Art Deco period.

While considered a milestone design by today’s standard, the Aerodynamic Hupmobile was not well received and after another unsuccessful year of sales in 1935, it was redesigned to look like a more conventional vehicle for 1936. By this time, the great depression as well as internal troubles at Hupmobile began to take its toll on the company and the company would struggle to stay in business during the next couple of years before ending production in 1940.

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