Bootlegger’s Favorite: 1923 Studebaker Big Six Touring Car
You don’t see many pre-war cars driving around on the street nowadays, most of them are Ford Model Ts…probably because Ford built a million of those things, actually that isn’t true, Ford built 15 million examples of the Model T, but if you want to drive an old car, you should get something that stands out from the crowd, like a 1981-1927 Studebaker Big Six. It was apparently popular with prohibition era bootleggers who appreciated the big 5.8 liter straight-6 that could get it up to 80 miles per hour to outrun the Feds. That’s just another reason to get a Big Six instead of a Model T. Find this 1923 Studebaker Big Six Touring Car offered for $13,500 in Saratoga, CA via craigslist.
From the seller:
cylinders: 6 cylinders
paint color: black
title status: clean
1923 STUDEBAKER Touring Car
6 Cylinder, 4 Door In Beautiful Rebuilt Condition
Have Pink Slip
Has New Battery, New Electric Fuel Pump, New Fan Built, etc
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Oh look, no gas pedal!
Is the ignition timing near the center of the steering wheel and the throttle near the rim, or is it the other way around?
I don’t know which would more exciting, 80mph or stop and go traffic.
Hmmm. My Ford 8N seems to have the same throttle technology.
The Ford 8n is one of the world’s most perfect machines! I learned to drive on one.
There is a guy in Brooklyn who drives an 8n on the street on weekends. Just tootles around with a big grin.
Apparently neither he nor the tractor needs a license although he’s a little unsure about it.
A while back I spent a week in Minden, NV with some motorcycle buddies riding through the Sierras every day. We shared the parking lot of our hotel with the California Horseless Carriage Club. They had the foresight to have a pallet of Oil-Dri delivered to the hotel for their get together 😂