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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 ... 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 we... 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 India... Read More →

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Meet John M. Studebaker

John Mohler Studebaker
Oct 07, 2020 John Mohler “J.M.” 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 ... 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 2.5 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 domina... 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, a... 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... 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 mo... 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 ... 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. ... Read More →

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