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Meet Peter Studebaker

Peter Studebaker Headshot
Jan 21, 2021 Peter Studebaker was born April 1, 1836 in Ashland, Ohio He was the second youngest son of John C and Rebecca Studebaker’s thirteen children He moved to South Bend in 1852 and took work in a dry goods store for $15 per month He started his own business a short time later, and in 1856 moved to Goshen, Indiana to open a retail establishment with Read More →

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The Ford Mustang: The Right Car at the Right Time

Ford Mustang
Jan 20, 2021 “The sporty look of a Ferrari, the economy of a Volkswagen, and the appeal of a Thunderbird” That’s what Ford vice president Lee Iacocca had in mind for his “youth car” His hand-picked team refined those seemingly contradictory guidelines into more specific goals in early 1961 The new car needed a room for four and an ample trunk It Read More →

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The Machine Shop

machine shop
Dec 15, 2020 Studebaker’s Machine Shop covered over nine acres and turned rough castings and forgings into finished parts Many of the processes were handled by automated machinery Engine blocks, for example, travelled through a series of machines that milled and finished mating surfaces and drilled and tapped over 100 holes Each process required Read More →

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A Trip Through the Studebaker Factory

Studebaker Factory Tour Guests
Dec 15, 2020 “We at Studebaker are pleased to welcome you as our guest on this trip through our South Bend plants We earnestly hope that you will enjoy your visit with us, and that it will give you some conception of the care and accuracy employed it the mass production of Studebaker products” The preceding statement is from a souvenir booklet given Read More →

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1934 Bendix (Steel Wheels Corp.)

Bendix Streamlined
Dec 03, 2020 The Bendix car was developed as a ‘car-of-the-future’ by Bendix engineers Victor Kliesrath and Alfred Ney and styled by William Ortwig, formerly of the Fisher Body Co Ortwig eliminated the customary running boards and moved the fuel and water filler caps under the hood to allow for unblemished body panels To protect Bendix’s automotive Read More →

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Meet Clement Studebaker

Clement Studebaker
Nov 17, 2020 Clement Studebaker, the second eldest son of John C and Rebecca Studebaker was born March 12, 1831 in Adams County, Pennsylvania At age four he moved with his family to Ashland, Ohio, where he learned blacksmithing and wagon making from his father In 1850, Clement moved to South Bend, Indiana and took work as a school teacher He taught two Read More →

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1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk

1956 Golden Hawk
Nov 06, 2020 The Golden Hawk was Studebaker’s flagship model in 1956 It featured Packard’s 275-horsepower 352 cubic-inch V8 engine and was one of the fastest cars on the road that year  The 1956 Golden Hawk was the first Studebaker automobile to feature tail fins The ‘56 Golden Hawk’s fins were made of fiberglass, while ‘57 and later Hawk Read More →

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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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