early Hupmobile bore the words Guaranteed for Life, right on the
car’s nameplate and the Hupp was a reliable car for its day, as
well as offering as regular features many items considered
optional or even unobtainable for most other cars. In 1909, the
year this lovely two-passenger Hupp roadster was produced, the
company’s advertised slogan was The smartest and best little car
ever marketed in America at anything like the money! When one
considers that the snappy little car offered good road performance
from a four-cylinder, 2O~horsepower engine, a folding windshield,
elliptical-spring suspension, Pres-To-Lite headlamps and kerosene
side and tail-lamps, artillery-type wheels, repair kit, tool kit
and tire pump, all for $750, it is obvious that the slogan meant
what it said.
This 1909 Hupmobile roadster
has a long local history, but the original purchaser is unknown.
The late Matthew Black, known for years as Municipal Councilor for
Two Creeks, who used the car on his rounds for the Rural
Municipality of Wallace, purchased it second-hand in 1918 or 1919
for $15. The car was purchased years later by Mr. Clarkson and
restored prior to being housed in the Museum. In fine running
order today, this car was Mr. Clarkson’s first restoration and so
is the foundation piece of the Museum’s collection.