I'm certainly no car aficionado but I know a nice display when I see one and this one is nice!
Beyond that, I will just post pictures, some with captions.
|Studebaker built covered wagons...|
This one is a 1835 Conestoga built for the Studebaker family's travel from Pennsylvania to Ohio.
|They built hearses.|
This model is from 1863.
It has a trap door in the bottom. Yes, it really does!
|And presidential carriages. This one was President McKinley's Phaeton.|
Wonder if this provided the inspiration for Bob Tiffin to use the name on motorhome...
|President Grant's Landeau|
|This one was for President Lincoln. |
He rode in this carriage to Ford's Theater the night of his assassination.
|1911 Electric Coupe. Cost $1850|
Top speed 21 mph!
|1913 Model 25 Touring Sedan|
|Check the photo below too.|
|A compartment for golf clubs|
|1932 Studebaker President St Regis Brougham|
|1924 Light Six|
|Yep, Studebaker built race cars too.|
|Studebaker police cars....|
|1940 Champion Coupe|
|When was the last time you got to sit in a museum car? |
You can in this Bullet Nose Studebaker!
That's the Wayner looking cool ...as always.
|1934 Bendix (made by hand)|
|1953 Champion Starliner Hardtop|
|Studebaker made fire trucks too. Here's a 1928 model.|
|1963 Zip Van delivering the US mail|
|Model for the Studebaker Avanti|
|This Studebaker Woody has an interesting history and very nearly didn't make it's way into the museum.|
|1958 Packard Hawk|
Only 588 Packard Hawks were ever built
Notice the rear opening door!
|1961 Hawk (Flamingo is the exclusive color for this model and the convertible Lark)|
|1966 Cruiser. The very last Studebaker ever built. |
It rolled off the Hamilton Ontario assembly line in March 1966.
The Studebaker history, the family and the entire vehicle display in South Bend, Indiana is absolutely fascinating -- even for one who isn't easily excitable over automobiles (like myself).
If you are of a certain age and ever owned, rode in or liked a car, you'll enjoy this museum, I'm sure.