The Studebaker National Museum acquired a 1938 Studebaker State Commander convertible sedan this week. This car is one of only 224 produced for the 1938 model year and is one of less than a half dozen known to survive. Studebaker’s 1938 models featured all new bodies, with styling by Raymond Loewy Associates. The Convertible Sedan models saw very limited production and were the most expensive models in Studebaker’s line-up that year. The coachwork was supplied by Central Manufacturing Company of Connersville, Indiana, who had previously produced bodies for its parent, Auburn Automobile Company. The Museum’s Convertible Sedan is finished in Tulip Cream and trimmed in green leather upholstery.
The Studebaker National Museum is located at 201 Chapin St., just west of downtown South Bend. It is open Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm, and Sun. Noon–5pm. Admission is $11 for adults, $9.50 for seniors over 60, and $7 for youth ages 6-18. For more information, please call the Museum at (574) 235-9714 or toll free at (888) 391-5600 or visit our website at www.studebakermuseum.org. For an additional cost, visitors can tour The History Museum, which adjoins the Studebaker National Museum.