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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Studebaker's Hawk Models 1956 - 1964
This is a long slow look at all the Hawk models built by the Studebaker Packard Corporation from 1956 through 1964. Models include the Flight, Power, Sky, Silver, Golden, Gran Turismo, and Packard Hawks.
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 in 1961.
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 suspension.
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 position.
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, Nebraska.
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1951 Studebaker Champion Engine Revamp
SCCNSW member Scott had some issues with his Champion's engine, and needed to give it some attention. While he was at it, he dressed it up a bit, and gave it a little bit more performance in 2011.
Video produced by Ray Henman ACS