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1963 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk

Oct 05, 2021 The Hawk received a restyle for 1962 and was reborn as the Gran Turismo Hawk The redesign was handled by Brooks Stevens, who also freshened Studebaker’s 1962 Lark line Optional equipment for 1963 included the Avanti’s high-performance engines and disc brakes In early 1963, Studebaker introduced a special high-performance package for Read More →

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The Driver Speaks: Zeke Meyer

Indy 500 driver Zeke Meyer sits in the #37 Studebaker Special in front of the stands at the 1932 Indianapolis 500
Aug 13, 2021 “I had just the kind of race I had planned My idea was to start cautiously and gradually speed up I’ve been racing at Indianapolis since 1926 - ran second once, third once, and last year drove relief for Louie Schneider, who won I knew that a lot of cars would crack up or drop out with mechanical trouble, so I figured on going carefully and Read More →

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1961 Studebaker Hawk

The Museum's 1961 Hawk sits in the Second Floor Gallery. The car is painted in Studebaker's Flamingo color, an orange/tangerine shade.
Aug 09, 2021 New features for the 1961 Hawk included an optional four-speed transmission, bucket seats and a rear fender color accent stripe 1961 was also the final year for the Hawk’s tail fins and five-window coupe body style  The new four-speed transmission was a popular option, as 40% of all Hawks built were so Read More →

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Studebaker’s Cousins: Subsidiaries, Partners and Associated

A billboard advertises "this is Studebaker Today...Growing! The logos of several Studebaker subsidiaries can be seen on the left side of the billboard.
Jul 22, 2021 What is Studebaker’s tie to NASA Or Notre Dame football Ever hear of the Garford automobile The Flanders What about Studebaker’s relationship with Mercedes-Benz While many identify the Studebaker Corporation as builders of wagons, buggies and automobiles, the company’s reach extended far beyond its Studebaker-branded products In the Read More →

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1937 Studebaker Coupe Express

Coupe Express
Jul 06, 2021 Studebaker’s Coupe Express foreshadowed the passenger car based trucks of the late 1950’s It was based on the Studebaker Dictator, sharing its chassis and many body components with that model  The Coupe Express was produced from 1937-1939, and was updated each year to reflect the latest Studebaker passenger car designs It never sold in Read More →

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1935 Stout Scarab

Stout Scarab
May 21, 2021 The Scarab was the brainchild of William Stout, an automotive and aviation designer and engineer The Scarab’s uni-body construction and rear-engine placement allows for an expansive interior space The interior arrangement foreshadowed today’s minivan and features movable seats with a folding table On its hood is the ancient Egyptian Read More →

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Meet Jacob Studebaker

Jacob Studebaker poses for a photograph highlighting his left side.
May 20, 2021 Jacob Studebaker, the youngest son of John C and Rebecca Studebaker’s thirteen children, was born in Ashland County, Ohio on May 23, 1844 He moved with the family to South Bend in 1851 At age 13 he took work as a farmhand earning six dollars a month, and was later employed as a “brick carrier” by future South Bend postmaster Sorden Read More →

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1958 Packard Hawk

1958 Packard Hawk
Apr 28, 2021 The Packard Hawk began life as a special project for Curtiss-Wright executive Roy Hurley It features the same drivetrain as Studebaker’s Golden Hawk along with a leather interior The distinctive Packard Hawk hood and nose were made of fiberglass The Packard Hawk resurrected Studebaker’s ‘53-’55 models’ trunk lid topped with an Read More →

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The Driver Speaks: Peter Kreis

Peter Kreis
Mar 31, 2021 I knew after the first few laps of the race that the terrific pace the leaders were setting would soon wear out most of the cars so I chose to hold my average speed within striking distance and made a definite bid for a formidable position later on In the 59th lap, the right rear tire blew out and I skidded in front of Billy Arnold who Read More →

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Keep on Truckin’: The American Pickup Truck

Keep on Truckin
Mar 17, 2021 The pickup truck is a true American icon, embodying versatility, ruggedness, and dependability It traces its roots to horse drawn farm wagons and delivery vehicles and has evolved into the motor age’s workhorse Early pickup trucks were often modified passenger cars with makeshift beds replacing the body’s rear section The Ford Motor Read More →

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