Aaron Severson over at ateupwithmotor.com shines a light once again on orphan cars.
This time he's written about some of Studebaker's most handsome vehicles in an article called "The Once and Future Coupe: The Loewy Coupes and the Studebaker Hawk."
At Torq-O, we pulled up the rug and slid through the trap door searching for some media to help him tell his story. From the Torq-O Media Archive, here's some celluloid that hasn't been seen since 1953.
Check out Aaron's story, and then slide over to Torq-O.com for more Studebaker content!
Studebaker Car Show
16th annual Show and Shine Orphan Car Show hosted by the Husker Chapter of
the Studebaker Drivers Club. Lot's of Studebakers and a variety of other
iconic brands like Chevy, Ford and Packard. The show was held in Ralston,
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Tom Bosley 1956 Studebaker Commercial
Tom Bosley in an ad for the 1956 Studebakers.
Tom Bosley October 1, 1927 - October 19, 2010
I read that he got his start on TV doing Studebaker commercials.
The 1963 Avanti was the last ditch effort of Sherwood Egbert (his real
name) to rescue the faltering Studebaker. Once again, the company turned
to its ace in the hole, stylist Raymond Loewy, to conceive a car that would
miraculously turn things around. He rented a house in Palm Springs and
there with three young designers and with missionary zeal embarked on
creating something new and revolutionary. The result -- the Avanti, got
attention but didn't save the company. Studebaker was gone three years
Studebaker US6 "Frozen In Time" (Engine Overhaul)
In the summer of 2009 this 1945 Studebaker US6 with its Hercules JXD engine
was brought back to life and driven 75 miles back to civilization after
being abandoned in the remote Alaskan wilderness and "frozen in time" for
two decades. Now in June 2013 the old war horse is getting some much
needed TLC and a new lease on life. This truck was built on May 23, 1945.
1940 Studebaker Champion Introduction
The Studebaker Champion is an automobile which was produced by the
Studebaker Corporation of South Bend, Indiana from the beginning of the
1939 model year until 1958.
The success of the Champion in 1939 was imperative to Studebaker's survival
following weak sales during the 1938 model year. Unlike most other cars,
the Champion was designed from a "clean sheet", and had no restrictions
caused by necessarily utilizing older parts or requiring the subsequent use
of its components in heavier vehicles. Market research guided the selection
of features, but a key principle adhered to was the engineering watchword
"weight is the enemy." For its size, it was one of the lightest cars of its
era. Its compact straight-6 engine outlasted the model itself and was
produced to the end of the 1964 model year, with a change to an OHV design
The Champion was one of Studebaker's best-selling models because of its low
price (US$660 for the two-door business coupe in 1939), durable engine, and
styling. The car's ponton styling was authored by industrial designer
Raymond Loewy who had been under contract with Studebaker for the design of
their automobiles. Champions won Mobilgas economy runs by posting the
highest gas mileage tests. During World War II, Champions were coveted for
their high mileage at a time when gas was rationed in the United States.
From 1943-1945, the Champion engine was used as the powerplant for the
Studebaker M29 Weasel personnel and cargo carrier, which also used four
sets of the Champion's leaf springs arranged transversely for its bogie
The Champion was phased out in 1958 in preparation for the introduction of
the 1959 Studebaker Lark. Prior to this, Studebaker had been placed under
receivership, and the company was attempting to return to a profitable
Short video tour of the 1950 Nash Statesman
The Barn Finders (The Forgotten 50s)
This is the first series of a spin off of rotting calgarian iron from my
other channel (badgerbuddy). its called the barn finders. today featuring
great cars of the 1950s such as a 55 bel air, 51 ford, 58 Biscayenne, 59
parisienne, and two 59 impalas. this episode was filmed in and near
calgary alberta by ryan sardachuk. enjoy
1955 Kaiser Manhattan 2-Door
Lance Lambert, host of The Vintage Vehicle Show, visits Ed Johnson at the
Dock Street Garage and takes a close look at his 1955 Kaiser Manhattan 2
One of the nicest restored cars in Montreal, that won many awards in
Quebec, Ontario, Moncton, Syracuse.......
1956 STUDEBAKER COMMERCIAL
Here's a vintage car lover's dream: a lengthy television commercial
announcing the entire line of Studebaker automobiles for 1956.
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1953 Studebaker Starliner
Lance Lambert, host of The Vintage Vehicle Show, talks to the owner of this
1953 Studebaker Starliner at a car show in Lake Tapps, Washingotn
Studebaker car commercials aired 1950
These were "local" commercials that aired during a 1950 episode of a
popular-yet-short-lived "local" Los Angeles television series. For some
reason, I can imagine King Kai driving a car like this.