By on November 18, 2013

DCFC0069.JPG

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the November 22, 1963 assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. Shortly thereafter, the city of South Bend, Indiana suffered another tragedy: the announcement of the closing of the American factories of the 111-year old Studebaker Automobile Company on December 9, 1963. Over 7,000 local workers engaged in building the company’s Avanti and Lark models would lose their jobs – it was not the most joyous of holiday seasons in South Bend.

We will leave the story of Studebaker’s demise to other sources, like this fine article over at Ate Up With Motor. I traveled to Indiana recently to cover the Studebaker National Museum but discovered that fellow South Bend native Jim Grey had just written an excellent series about the collection for our friends at Curbside Classic. Undeterred, I decided to follow the story of one fascinating car on display and discovered some nutty tales from the company’s old test track, the Studebaker Proving Grounds. (Read More…)

Recent Comments

  • slavuta: You guys are woke now! I’ve said this for decades now that Honda became a maker items for “broad...
  • dusterdude: Yeah , I don’t think they will escape the fate of bankruptcy. They are Too late to the game , behind the...
  • theonlydt: Wondering where the trademark for “Splash” in Europe wound up. Suzuki sold a Splash until 2014...
  • 28-Cars-Later: Ah very true, though actual Uniparty™ members are usually the ones who allude to such a thing....
  • celica0774: How slow was that Duster? “…a 225 Slant Six with its distributor and single-barrel carburetor...

New Car Research

Get a Free Dealer Quote

Who We Are

  • Adam Tonge
  • Bozi Tatarevic
  • Corey Lewis
  • Mark Baruth
  • Ronnie Schreiber