Lot 339 (A|B|C Live Auction Online, 19th August 2020)
Sold for £24,750
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: OI 3389
Chassis No: HS0602
Motor Car Location: Londonderry
We are indebted to the vendor for the following information:
"This remarkable 1915 Hupmobile Model HA was first registered with OI 3389 on the 20th of April 1915. After seeing a listing in a June edition of the Irish Times in 1914 "The Hup" was later ordered by Mr MacFlynn a Spirit Merchant from Magherafelt, Northern Ireland - It was ordered in early 1915 through The Dublin Motor Company via McStay and Colgan, an Automobile Engineering Company in Belfast, with an optional Westinghouse Electric Starter, Westinghouse Dynamo, Five Electric Lamps and 815x105 Dunlop Tyres (Including Spare).
The Hupmobile itself was imported from the USA to London and was then shipped to Dublin in May 1915 where it was then duly delivered to Mr MacFlynn who would become the second owner of a Motorcar in Magherafelt. This Hupmobile was in regular and daily use by him and his family from delivery until approximately 1936 when it was eventually decommissioned and was placed in one of sheds only to be seen occasionally by family as they explored the shed. In 1966 the Hupmobile was passed on to William's Son Charles, who in the late 1970s, pulled it out of the shed and began a partial/light restoration. After this, Charles used the Hupmobile regularly to attend local Vintage Rallies and Car Shows between 1980 and 2000.
In 2000 the Hupmobile was eventually passed onto its current Owner, Mr L MacFlynn who is the late Charles MacFlynn's Nephew and the late William James MacFlynn's Grandson.
Now a third-generation custodian of OI 3389, the Hupmobile was used locally until 2009/2010 when it was then put back into storage - then in 2016 they set about beginning the full restoration of the Hupmobile which consisted of a full overhaul of the complete car to bring it back to its former glory as it was in 1915 which roughly two years and was completed in 2018 to an extremely high standard. The coachwork and overall condition of this Hupmobile is in excellent order and the car still retains its matching numbers as it was when it was new - it is also accompanied by a folder full of paperwork showcasing its history.
Unfortunately, post restoration - OI 3389 has not received the use that it deserves, and it is with a heavy heart that the MacFlynn family have decided collectively that it is time for this 104 year old 3rd generation family owned Model HA to be passed onto a new custodian who can give "The Hup" the spotlight it really deserves."
Vendor Condition Ratings:
Engine: 'Very Good'
Electrical Equipment: 'Very Good'
Interior Trim: 'Very Good'