2023 |Estate of Mark Smith Auction
1941 Studebaker Model M5 1/2-Ton PickupRegister to Bid
$15,000 - $20,000| Without Reserve
Nicely Preserved Example of Studebaker’s Successful 1940s Pickup
Well-Equipped with Period Accessories and Display Items
Quite Rare Today and One of Only 4,685 Examples Built
169.6 CID L-Head Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Carter Single-Throat Downdraft Carburetor
80 BHP at 4,000 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Front I-Beam Axle with Leaf Springs and Lever-Type Shock Absorbers
Rear Live Axle with Leaf Springs and Lever-Type Shock Absorbers
Studebaker introduced an entirely new line of trucks in January 1941, designated the M-Series. Offered in a line comprising four models with load capacities ranging from half-ton through two-ton cargo ratings, the M-Series found immediate buyer acceptance and continued as Studebaker’s mainstay truck design through 1948.
For 1941, 4,685 M5 pickups were produced; however, few survive today and fewer still are as nicely presented as this example. A refreshing find for marque enthusiasts and collectors, it features an attractive livery, a correct-appearing interior, and displays a wartime “T” mileage ration sticker and a “Keep ‘em Flying” decal depicting an Army Air Corps Pursuit plane.
Desirable features and accessories include a floor-shifted four -speed manual gearbox plus a chrome front bumper, chrome grille guard, twin Amber fog lamps, chrome Studebaker-scripted hubcaps, cargo rails, a chrome exhaust deflector, spare tire, and a Goodrich accessory heater. A Conoco oil-change sticker from Mishicot, Wisconsin on the driver’s door edge records the truck showing 72,028 miles in July 1966, and just over 3,200 additional miles have been accrued in the interim 57 years, according to the odometer at the time of cataloguing.
This extremely handsome truck is at the height of its desirability by collectors, and it deserves close inspection and special consideration.
*Please note that this Lot, like all vehicles in this Auction, has been in long-term static storage and may not be currently operational. It will require mechanical attention prior to any road use.
Gooding & Company presents and conducts the Estate of Mark Smith Auction under the authority of John J. Rendemonti, Executor of the Estate of Mark J. Smith, duly appointed by the Circuit Court of the State of New Hampshire, Probate Division, Case Number 312-2022-ET-00072. The Estate has compiled available title and/or registration paperwork for the Vehicles offered in the Auction and will provide such paperwork to the Buyer if it is available. However, as set forth more fully in the Conditions of Sale, neither the Estate nor Gooding makes any representation or warranty with respect to any existing certificate of title or registration with regard to any Lot in the Auction. Any Lot may be sold on a Bill of Sale. By participating in this Auction, all bidders and buyers recognize that Estate and Gooding have expressly disclaimed all such warranties concerning the availability or sufficiency of any title or registration documentation.