1906 Studebaker Model G Touring
Offered by RM Auctions | Plymouth, Michigan | July 26, 2014
Studebaker was the quintessential American automobile manufacturer. Like many of the great, early European marques, Studebaker had a long history dating back to the 1850s. They started by building wagons. Cars came in 1897. The early cars (until about 1911) were actually sold as Studebaker-Garfords.
The Model G was new for 1906 and it was the highest-priced, most decked out model in the Studebaker lineup. The engine is a 4.6-liter straight-four making 30/35 horsepower. It could cruise at 45 mph and was only offered in this five-passenger touring configuration.
This car has somewhat known history since new. It was discovered by Henry Austin Clark Jr. in the 1940s and put in his museum until 1968 when it was sold to – guess who – Bill Harrah. It remained in his collection until 1982. It is said that this is the oldest known four-cylinder Studebaker in existence. And its ownership history doesn’t get much better. Add your name to that list for between $325,000-$450,000. Click here for more info and here for more from this sale.
Update: Sold $275,000.
Update II: Not sold, RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island 2017.
My father, Raymond P Torbush, sold Studebakers in Plainfield, NJ at Goodwin Motors Corp. We stored a 1906 Touring car in our barn/garage on Martine Ave. He told me in the 50s-60s that it was the oldest car to go through the Holland Tunnel. It was green with a black pin stripe accented with a yellow stripe on either side . I didn’t personally ride in it. Perhaps it was in Fourth of July Parades. I graduated highschool in 1961. I have no idea when he sold it nor to whom. Would love to know what happened to it.