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Remembering Studebaker

Mention the name Studebaker, and motorcar enthusiasts everywhere conjure images of fine automobiles that harkened back to an era of high craftsmanship. Even those who know nothing about cars have heard of the Studebaker name and can’t help but to envision a more wholesome time gone by where stability and reliability were just a given.

The Studebaker Corporation, known simply as Studebaker, began life as a United States wagon based in South Bend, Indiana. The company, founded in 1852, made wagons for farming, mining and military purposes. It incorporated in 1868 as the Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company. By 1875, the factory had been completely rebuilt after an 1874 fire destroyed two-thirds of the previous works. The company now styled itself “the largest vehicle house in the world.”

Not only was Studebaker the largest, it was among the most prestigious as well. The very best of well-heeled society bought Studebaker’s carriages, from sulkies, broughams, phaetons and clarences to runabouts, tandems and victorias. For $20,000, Studebaker’s wealthiest customers could purchase a four-in-hand coach with red wheels, gold-plated lamps and yellow trim. The driver cracked a 15-foot-long braided whip over four or even six matched horses to carry as many as a dozen people to society balls.

In 1889, incoming President Benjamin Harrison ordered a full set of Studebaker carriages and harnesses for the White House. As the twentieth century approached, says Wikipedia, the South Bend plant "covered nearly 100 acres with 20 big boilers, 16 dynamos, 16 large stationery engines, 1,000 pulleys, 600 wood- and iron-working machines, 7 miles of belting, dozens of steam pumps and 500 arc and incandescent lamps making white light over all." When a worldwide economic depression hit in1893, sales plummeted and the plant closed down for five weeks. Fortunately, labor-management relations were good and the workers vowed loyalty to their employer.

Studebaker entered the automotive business in 1902 with partners making electric vehicles and in 1904 with gasoline vehicles. Studebaker first fully manufactured gasoline cars in 1912. Over the next 40 years, the company established an enviable reputation for quality and reliability.

Then in 1954, sales fell dramatically without warning. Studebaker merged with the Packard Motor Car Company to form the Studebaker-Packard Corporation. In 1958, as Studebaker rapidly diversified in an attempt to improve corporate revenue, "Packard" was dropped from the company's name. Studebaker bought up such companies as STP, which made automotive oil treatments; Paxton Products, which made automobile superchargers, and even a commercial refrigerator manufacturer, Schaefer.

It was during the corporate turmoil of the 1950s that Studebaker produced the memorable “Hawk” series, drawing on the era’s penchant for gas-guzzling “land yacht” cars with big fins. The line included:
•    Studebaker Golden Hawk (1956–58)
•    Studebaker Silver Hawk (1957–59)
•    Studebaker Sky Hawk (1956)
•    Studebaker Flight Hawk (1956)
•    Studebaker Power Hawk (1956)
•    Studebaker Hawk (1960–61)
•    Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk (1962–64)
By 1963, however, Studebaker’s mainstays, automobiles and trucks, were not selling which led to the South Bend plant closing and cars only being built at the Hamilton, Ontario, satellite plant until March 1966. Studebaker merged with Worthington Corporation to become Studebaker-Worthington in 1967, and then McGraw-Edison purchased the merged corporation in 1979. Long synonymous with quality, the century-old Studebaker name then vanished from the corporate landscape but is still available today if you do a little bit of online digging. Collectors and fans of Studebaker can find vehicles, products, manuals and all kinds of other goodies for sale or up for bids at auctions.