Pictures of a 1930 that is owned by my cousin, Joe Edward Erskin.
These pictures were taken at the 1998 Erskin Family reunion. Click the pictures to enlarge.
The Erskin Automobile
The Erskine car was manufactured from 1927 to 1930. The history of the Erskine car is almost as interesting as the
history of the Erskine clan. The car was the
namesake and brainchild of Albert Russel Erskine, who was the president of Studebaker from 1915-1933. Erskine
had a stirling reputation as a leader and a business man and was
able to show profits even during times when
other automobile companies were posting losses. Unfortunatly, the
decission to build the Erskine car, which we as
Erskines are so proud of, was not one of A.R.Erskine's best
The story of the Erskine
car began in Europe in 1924. Albert Erskine visited Europe in
September and October of 1924. While in Europe, he
visited many automobile plants and attended automobile shows in both
London and Paris. It was during the course of a dinner
party that a conversation began about designing a car for the
Euorpean market. The idea was so fascinating that
the conversation lasted into the early morning. By the time Erskine
left the party, it is believed, he had concieved
the idea of the Erskine automobile.
The first Erskine was introduced to the world on October
the Grand Palais, in Paris, France. The United Press ran the
following announcement: For the first time in the
history of European motor car development, an American car has been
the sensation of the automobile show in Paris.
According to sources, more than 1500 orders were placed at
the exhibition for the Erskine cars.
The car that Erskine imagined would combine the finements in
body detail and precision workmanship of European
cars with the durability, power and performance of American
cars. Unfortunately, his design was not appreciated
by the American consummer. In 1930, the last year that the Erskine
car was produced, the price had topped over $1000.00.
Sales was reported at only about 25,000 per year, not enough to
make a profit. And, even though the Erskine was
concieved for a European market, no substantial European market was
In May, 1930, the
Erskine named was dropped and the Model 53 was continued as the
Studebaker Six -- a name that was already well accepted
by the public.
Here is an ad
that ran in The Saturday Evening
Post on January4, 1930, the last year the Erskine was
Here are some specifications for
(Source: Cannon, W.A., & Fox, F.K.,Stubaker the
completestory. Tab Books Inc. Blue Ridge Summit, PA )
Below are a few pictures of the Erskine automobile. To see more pictures
click the pictures button in the top frame. If you have an
Erskine Automobile and would like it shown on
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I also have pictures of the
Albert Russel Hotel and other
items related to Albert Russel Erskine in Hunt