“The first car show we took it to was a disaster. We were all lined up in the local park for a cruise when the Hup’s oil pan developed a leak and dumped all of its oil in the parking lot. We managed to plug the leak and they came up with enough oil for us to drive it home,” said the couple.
About 10 years ago, the neighbor who owned the Hupp decided to sell and gave the Smiths first option to buy.
The couple jumped at the chance and now have the original title to the Hupmobile hanging on their wall. The original owner had purchased the car in Maplewood, Miss., on July 16, 1926. The Smiths said they enjoy taking the Hupp to car shows and the Newport Hillclimb each year and have chauffeured nieces and nephews to prom in the car and even two couples to their wedding reception.