Hupmobile Skylark Case Study

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Lauren Rose and her 1941 Hupmobile Skylark Transformation into a Hot Rod The Hupmobile, from the Hupp Motor Car Company, was in production for an admirable 31 years, beginning in 1909 and continuing until 1940. The first time that the Hupmobile was publicly displayed – at the Detroit Auto Show – it instantly attracted impressive sales figures. The fast success of the Hupmobile is however believed to be mainly as a result of the Cord 810 Skylark design, which arose in 1938. The Skylark was considered as irresistible by the general public due to its sleek design and affordability, resulting in the company being inundated with orders. This extremely positive success rate was short-lived however as the high production demand was becoming overwhelming…show more content…
There was a total of 18 modifications as part of this historic transformation. These included the repositioning of the boot, the extending of the bonnet, the complete redesigning of the windscreen, enhancing the wheel arches to allow for larger, more modern and better quality wheels and tyres, as well as improvements to the external bodywork and paint. The entire list of modifications is too extensive to detail here but Lauren is able to describe and explain them all. The side panel of the modified Hot Rod displays a “V” decal, which is said to be in honour of another of her favourite well-known cars. The side panels were formed with stainless steel and new door openings were installed. The final product is gleaming and has obviously been taken very good care of. To bring that extra wow factor, the exterior lighting adopted by this Hupmobile Skylark includes indicators associated with Harley Davidson. Repositioned headlights and taillights enhance its…show more content…
This was a lengthy task, but once finished colours were ready to be selected and applied. This job was trusted with the experienced Dave Cornwell, who works with a Hot Rods franchise in the Axalta area of DuPont. The 1941 Hupmobile Skylark was given separate top and bottom colours. The colour for the top parts of the car was a shiny, metallic off-white paint. The bottom areas of the car were painted using the sophisticated colour of Champagne Fizz. These colours ensure the car is eye-catching. The articulate decals used to separate the top and bottom paint colours scream professionalism and are courtesy of Paul Quinn and Design
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