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Race Day – 1932 Indy 500

1932 Indy 500
Oct 16, 2020 Buoyed by the success of the privately-entered Studebaker-powered racers at the 1931 Indianapolis 500, the Studebaker Corporation fielded a factory-backed five-car team for the 1932 Indy 500 The Studebaker cars were patterned after the Hunt Special and featured chassis and bodies built by Indianapolis race car builder Herman Rigling Most of Read More →

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Meet John M. Studebaker

John Mohler Studebaker
Oct 07, 2020 John Mohler “JM” Studebaker was born October 10, 1833 in Adams County, Pennsylvania His family moved to Ashland, Ohio, when he was a small boy, and like his brothers Henry and Clement he learned the blacksmith and wagon making trades from his father He arrived in South Bend in the winter of 1852 and took work cutting wood, chopping up to Read More →

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Studebaker at the Brickyard

Studebaker Brickyard 1933
Aug 07, 2020 The Indianapolis 500 is considered by many to be America’s greatest racing spectacle Many legendary names have competed on the 25 mile oval on Indianapolis’ west side In the early 1930s, the Studebaker Corporation entered the Brickyard fray Through much of the 1920s, the ‘500 was dominated by expensive purpose-built race cars In Read More →

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The Citroën DS 19: Radically Different

Citroën
Aug 07, 2020 The Citroën DS 19 was one of the most innovative production vehicles of the 20th century It’s “glass escargot” design evoked French philosopher Roland Barthes to remark in 1957 that the DS 19 had “obviously fallen from the sky” The DS 19’s origins can be traced to back to the 1930s, and the work of sculptor and designer Flaminio Read More →

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1956 Studebaker Flight Hawk

1956 Flight Hawk
Jul 21, 2020 The Flight Hawk was Studebaker’s entry-level Hawk model in 1956 It was available as a five-window coupe for domestic sales but also as a hardtop body in export markets  Power came from Studebaker’s economical Champion six-cylinder engine Transmission choices included a three-speed manual, overdrive, and automatic Read More →

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Meet the Studebaker Sisters

Studebaker Sisters
Jun 25, 2020 The first Studebaker to permanently reside in northern Indiana was not Henry or Clement Studebaker but their eldest sister Sally (Sarah) Studebaker Welch (1822-1902) and her husband Phillip They arrived in the late 1840s and operated a toll road running south out of South Bend The Welches later moved to Goshen where they remained for the rest of Read More →

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Setting the Pace: Studebaker’s Pace Cars

Jun 19, 2020 The Studebaker Corporation was selected to provide the pace car for the Indianapolis 500 on four occasions: 1929, 1940, 1952, and 1962 The concept of the pace car in motorsports originated at the first 500 in 1911 A rolling start was desired instead of the customary standing start, and a pace car was introduced to keep the field in Read More →

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1964 Studebaker Hawks

1964 Gran Turismo Hawk
May 22, 2020 The Hawk’s final year saw minor changes from 1963, with a redesigned deck lid and an optional vinyl roof being the most notable, and the Avanti’s high-performance options continued from 1963 Hawk production ceased on December 20, 1963 with the closing of Studebaker’s South Bend plant Model: Engine: HP: Body Style: Base Read More →

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1963 Studebaker Hawks

1963 Gran Turismo Hawk
May 22, 2020 The Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk received some minor restyling for 1963 but the big news was the availability of the Avanti’s high-performance engines and optional disc brakes A full high-performance package, introduced in the spring of 1963, included the Avanti’s engine, heavy-duty suspension, disc brakes, a tachometer and a Read More →

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1961 Studebaker Hawks

1961 Hawk
May 08, 2020 Studebaker spruced up the Hawk for 1961 with the additions of an optional four-speed manual transmission, bucket seat interior and a rear fender color accent The four-speed transmission was a popular option, with over 40% of production so equipped Model: Engine: HP: Body Style: Base Price: Production: Hawk 289 Read More →

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