A brief history of the studebaker from packards point of view. Studebaker books history the studebaker national museum. History of the 19471952 studebaker champion studebaker resumed automobile production quite quickly following world war ii with the champions introduction in december of 1945. Their first automobiles were electric, although they quickly moved into gasoline powered vehicles. Studebaker cars 19031965 timeline timetoast timelines. You may also enjoy reading an important letter, written in 1737, by clemens and peder studenbecker. State department, beginning a witch hunt that would result in the blacklisting of many americans. War ii period, and the eventual decline of the companys fortunes in the mid1950s. In 1950, diners club, the first modern credit card was introduced, which would eventually change the financial lives of every american in the years to come. By the mid 1950s, studebaker, which didnt have the resources of its big three competitors, had merged with automaker packard and was again facing financial troubles. Ii period, and the eventual decline of the companys fortunes in the mid1950s.
A detailed history of its design can be found in many studebaker history books, and also in the 1950 studebaker how things work web site on the internet. Sometime in the late 1950s my father designed a system to install air conditioning in a. Hood to cowl rubber weatherstrip seal for studebaker truck 19471952 pick up 1pc fits. Studebaker was an american wagon and automobile manufacturer based in south bend. Directory of services listing of dealers, companies and individuals offering cars, parts and services for antique, classic, vintage and muscle cars engine vin codes decodes engine codes used in vehicle identification numbers vins for cars starting around 1953 museums listing of automobile museums, as well as museums with. In 1918, albert russel erskin, studebaker corporation president, wrote the book, history of the studebaker corporation, including the 1918 annual report, written for the information of the 3,000 stockholders of the studebaker corporation, the 12,000 dealers in its products living throughout the world, its 15,000 employees and numberless. In his history of the studebaker corporation, bonsall comments 15. Data on 193764 civilian truck production came from original studebaker literature. Our warehouses in shelbyville and hope indiana have over 75,000 square feet of ready to ship parts for studebaker cars and trucks, including avanti and avanti ii models. Studebaker champion classics for sale classics on autotrader. The studebaker commander is the model name of several automobiles produced by the studebaker corporation of south bend, indiana united states and studebaker of canada ltd of walkerville and, later, hamilton, ontario canada. The m was studebaker s first crack at a dedicated light truck. Studebaker is only auto company to actually make a new 1950 model.
American car books amc studebaker nash jeep packard. Studebaker of canada and packard motor company of canada merged in 1954. In fact, the studebaker truck line had a higher penetration in its market segment than did studebaker cars, a happy situation that. Not according to hagerty historian, glenn arlt, who looks back a decade prior to the evolution of studebaker s line screaming family sports cars. The 1951 studebakers looked much like the 1950s, but had improved suspension for a smoother ride. A very well written book of the studebaker history. The studebaker history is a short one, and a sad one at that, but inside studebaker, youll find a meticulously crafted history of the early automobile. The history of the studebaker automobile studebaker car. A 14month model year july 15, 1949, to september 27, 1950 produced 343,164 cars the most for any vehicle in studebaker s long history. The 1950 studebaker champion starlight coupe attracted attention because of its ultramodern styling.
Studebaker corporation president, wrote the book, history of the studebaker corporation, including the 1918. It is in very good condition not pristeen and has 3. Studebaker cars 19031965 timeline created by peterbruce01. As richard langworth wrote in his excellent book studebaker 19461966, economy, in this exercise was taking precedence over performance. Brochures studebaker when looking at a specific brochure, click the thumbnail images. Hours mondaysaturday 10am5pm est sunday 12pm5pm est. Studebaker classic cars for sale classics on autotrader. Here are 1950 1951 studebaker specifications for every trim level of the bulletnose models, champion and commander. The automobile industry in the united states established in 1950 a new alltime production record for the second successive year.
Our sources included the auto editors of consumer guide, encyclopedia of american cars. Studebaker halfton pickup trucks were assembled at hamilton, ontario, from 1950 through 1955. The history and design of the studebaker golden hawk, studebakers. Right up until the end of production, the m was a breadwinner for south bendin 1947, the company built 23,377 m5s, surpassing the total of all motorized commercial vehicles produced by studebaker during the years before world war ii. This lavishly illustrated book on the famous automobile manufacturer traces the studebaker family from its arrival in america in 1736, to the beginnings of the wagon business under john m.
Fred has also edited the avanti and antique studebaker club magazines, has written hundreds of studebaker related magazine articles and, in 1981, coauthored studebaker the complete story, the first major book about the marques history. We have studebaker factory shop manuals, service manuals, repair manuals, history books, owners manuals, maintenance manuals, parts manuals, repair books, parts catalogs, restoration manuals, historical books, overhaul manuals, restoration guides, sales brochures, and any. Home shop sales catalog events contact about us partners. Location 201 chapin street south bend, in 46601 574 2359714 888 3915600. We are accepting preorders for this limited print run. History the studebaker family national association. It has been cynically observed that war is good business. Studebaker began business as a builder of covered wagons. A studebaker phaeton phaeton a lightweight, open carriage with large, slender wheels drawn by one or two horses. Packard had ceased canadian assembly operations in 1939, and the canadian affiliate was a.
By 1921 they were the number four automaker in the nation. By 1950 america was at war in korea and so was studebaker. Over 65 years of automotive history lincolnwood, il. In this brand new book youll read about one of the most iconic american performance pioneers of all time the legendary studebaker golden hawk. While celebrating the machine age, the 1950 and 1951 studebaker also marked a sharp break from 1930s streamlined or art. The most serious event of the year for car salesmen was the reimposition of regulation w, the governments credit control bill which. Search for specifications find automobile specifications. The name studebaker is known to every car fan, and the 1950 1951 models are the ones that made the name for the south bend company. In 1999, fred won the coveted brigham award from the society of automotive historians. The dealer count grew too, swelling from 2,628 in december 1949 to 2,851 a year later. The studebaker history is a short one, and a sad one at that, but inside. The book, however, is much more than the story of a family business.
A history of the studebaker family and business is provided below. This action will give you a larger readable version. Located in our redmond oregon showroom for cool classic. I definitely enjoyed reading your informative article.
Studebaker models classic car database, specifications. Studebaker service parts manual repair shop book champion commander 1950 1947 ebay skip to main content. Studebaker and his brothers in the nineteenth century, to the familys entry into the automobile industry in 1902, to the last studebaker automobile to roll off the assembly line in 1966. Studebaker s part in that conflict would consist of building military trucks and j47 turbojet aircraft engines. Tracey smith, an executive vice president at the automotive company carroll shelby international, from san pedro, calif. In february, senator joseph mccarthy rwisconsin claimed in a speech in west virginia that there were over 200 communists in the u. Which is of course consistent with the image studebaker had cultivated for some time. By the 1950s a feature called the bulletnose, which studebaker had worked on in the early 40s, proved to be an interesting conception in the design of studebaker cars. Studebaker international is the largest supplier of newold stock and reproduction studebaker auto parts. If you want to learn more about the community where studebaker thrived, we have the perfect selection of books focused upon south bend history and the variety of industries that surrounded studebaker. Real book special for 1950 studebaker champion factory owners manual 49 pgs this is the official factory owners manual that you would normally find in the glove box if buying the car new. Exciting exterior designs were impressing the nation and studebaker champions, commanders, and starlights were having a significant impact on national car sales. Because of the fast speed and lack of passenger restraints it was often considered dangerous.
Dive into your favorite studebaker history topic as you learn more about the marque and the automobiles they produced. If you love looking at illustrations from studebaker sales brochures and promotional photos from the 1950s, this is the book for you. The history and design of the studebaker golden hawk. A tired old bullet nose studebaker getting busted in the. The studebaker brothers started building automobiles in 1902.
By the end of 1950, company employment was up to 25,000, a peacetime record. Many engine data came from contemporaneous sales literature, which is often printed before production begins. The korean war would not be the all effort of the decade before and for most americans, life went on as usual. The most glaring omission in the book is the almost total lack of discussion about any. Complete operation instructions, maintenance schedules, emergency instructions and more. Find a list of studebaker manuals and books for sale we have all the books for all your studebaker cars trucks and suvs. Studebaker history features studebaker s people, factories, wagons.1360 552 1018 68 1201 378 676 1418 1331 1352 1179 892 1381 1038 87 1417 1198 1601 121 1056 162 1524 1266 248 255 1361 469 231 664 815