Studebaker Motor Cars Through the Years


A Pictorial Glimpse of Studebaker Motor Cars from 1852 to 1963

Studebaker started making wagons in 1852, and incorporated in 1868 using the Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company name. At first the made wagons for agriculturists, excavators, and the military.

Studebaker got the car business in 1902, at first with electric cars and in 1904 with gas powered cars, all sold using the "Studebaker Automobile Company" name. Until 1911, its car division was partners with the Garford Company in Elyria, Ohio, and in 1910 with the E-M-F Company. The first gasoline vehicles Studebaker produced on their own was in August 1912. Over the following 50 years, the organization gained a reputation for quality and reliability.

In 1954, following years of financial issues, the organization merged with luxury automobile manufacturer Packard by forming Studebaker-Packard Corporation. Although Studebaker's financial issues were in worse shape than the Packard officials thought. The Packard marque was eliminated, and in 1962, the organization readopted the Studebaker Corporation name. The South Bend plant stopped the assembly lines on December 20, 1963, and on March 16, 1966, the last Studebaker car came off the assembly line in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, assembly line.

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1930s & 1940s

1931 Studebaker President
1931 Studebaker President
1934 Studebaker Dictator
1934 Studebaker Dictator
1935 Studebaker Dictator
1935 Studebaker Dictator
1936 Studebaker Dictator
1936 Studebaker Dictator
1937 Studebaker President
1937 Studebaker President
1938 Studebaker Pickup
1938 Studebaker Pickup
1939 Studebaker Champion
1939 Studebaker Champion
1940 Studebaker 4 Door Sedan
1940 Studebaker 4 Door Sedan
1941 Studebaker Commander
1941 Studebaker Commander
1942 Studebaker Commander
1942 Studebaker Commander


Post WWII

Studebaker prepared well ahead of time for anticipated post-war sales and created the slogan 'First by far with a post-war'. All the advertising was substantiated by Virgil Exner's designs, specifically the 1947 Studebaker Starlight coupe, which presented inventive styling highlights that were an influence on future cars, including the flat "trunk" rather than the rounded look of the time, and a wrap-around back window. Exner's ideas were spread throughout a model lineup such as the 1950 Champion Starlight coupe The new trunk outline provoked a running joke that one couldn't tell if the auto was coming or going.

1947 Studebaker Land Cruiser
1947 Studebaker Land Cruiser
1948 Studebaker Champion
1948 Studebaker Champion
1949 Studebaker Champion
1949 Studebaker Champion
1950 Studebaker Commander
1950 Studebaker Commander
1951 Studebaker Champion
1951 Studebaker Champion
1952 Studebaker Champion
1952 Studebaker Champion
1952 Studebaker Starliner Deluxe
1952 Studebaker Starliner Deluxe
1953 Studebaker Commander Starlight Coupe
1953 Studebaker Commander Starlight Coupe
1963 Studebaker Avanti
1963 Studebaker Avanti
1963 Studebaker Avanti
1963 Studebaker Avanti
1969 Studebaker Hawk
1969 Studebaker Hawk
1969 Studebaker Hawk
1969 Studebaker Hawk


Sport Utility

1937 Studebaker Express Coupe
1937 Studebaker Express Coupe
1953 Studebaker Utility Coupe
1953 Studebaker Utility Coupe


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