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 Post subject: General Shanghai Horse Bazaar info
PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2009 12:01 am 
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The Shanghai Horse Bazaar & Motor Company, Ltd. was established in 1851. It was originally a stable, and provided storage and maintenance facilities for horse-drawn vehicles. The automobiles that started trickling into China in the Teens must have inspired SHB, and they began offering automotive service and coachbuilding services. The relationship with Studebaker must have been close, though, because, in 1922, Studebaker tapped Coy to manage automotive operations at SHB, which functioned as Studebaker's local distributor.

Period photographs show a primitive shop at odds with the quality of the finished product: Dirt floors, natural lighting and squalid conditions don't suggest the ability to create an alloy-bodied hardtop such as our feature car. Records suggest there were as many as 120 employees, and Coy's operation was able to produce a complete, finished car from a rolling chassis. SHB is known to have bodied numerous other marques under Coy's stewardship, although it appears that Studebaker dominated: In the 18 months or so before illness forced him to return to the U.S. in 1923, he had 500 cars allocated to his operation.

It's also unclear who were the designers of the numerous body styles created by SHB, but records of Light- and Special-Six two- and four-seat roadster Studebakers, as well as larger cars on the Big-Six chassis exist. The coupe appears to be among the rarest, as it's thought that Shanghai built six in total. Interestingly, the fact that only expatriates and very wealthy locals could afford cars, combined with Shanghai's wet climate, meant that closed cars seem to have predominated at a time when in the U.S. open cars still accounted for 60 percent or more of production.

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