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The Studebaker Museum in South Bend Indiana shows the history of Studebaker buggies, wagons. and a few automobiles as well! -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- The Studebaker National Museum is a state-of-the-art, 55,000-square-foot facility that opened in October 2005. The building has three levels and features fully climate-controlled galleries and storage facilities to ensure the best possible care for the Collection. The Studebaker National Museum was designed by South Bend’s own James Childs Architects and features several design elements from Studebaker’s factory buildings. From the web: MISSION The Mission of The Studebaker National Museum is to honor and perpetuate the legacy of the rich industrial heritage of the South Bend area, through the display, interpretation, conservation and preservation of Studebaker vehicles, archives and other objects to enrich present and future generations. The Museum is intended to be a fitting memorial to men and women of our community whose vision, creativity and energy built the products that are today our industrial manufacturing heritage. VISION To keep the flame of the Studebaker tradition alive and burning for generations to come. https://studebakermuseum.org/about/museum-history/
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.
This is illustrative of the 15 year evolution in pickups. The 47 has essentially the dashboard of a car, but little else..it is a basic truck, and looks like a truck, albeit with a very nice interior for the time. The 62, called the "Champ" is essentially based on the passenger car, the "Lark", and the interior is fairly indistinguishable from it. You can see here the obvious trend....more deluxe, comfortable and stylish trucks..but the trucks look so nice, you almost don't want to get them dirty. Quite an evolution from the "hauler" image of early trucks with open cabs!
Studebaker Commercial (1950)
It's easy for a Studebaker fan to get sucked into owning one of these unique vehicles.