Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Quick Digression: 1948 Jaguar Mark V

This beauty was parked outside of an athletic facility near my home. I was amazed to see a mint Jaguar Mark V in such a tight and unfriendly parking area.

"The car was launched at the 1948 London Motor Show at the same time as the XK120 with which it shared the stand. However, the Mark V vastly outsold the XK120 by roughly 5,000 cars per year as compared to 2,000 cars per year for the XK120."

Read more about the 1948 Jaguar Mark V at Wikipedia.

1953 Studebaker “Kart Hauler” - $65,500

This custom Studebaker made quite the splash in late 2009 and early 2010, winning many car show titles. It's a beautifully treated open-bed resto-mod by Dick Steinkamp - now owned by another Studebaker Drivers Club forum member - and available to you for $65,500.

View the 1953 Studebaker Kart Hauler on

Read the thread about this car on the SDC Forum.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

A Poem for the Studebaker Avanti

This Studebaker Avanti sales film (video) reads like Shakespeare for the automobile. Love the overhead "jet air controls."

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Quick digression: 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce

A former professor of mine just finished a full rotisserie restoration of a 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce. The car is beautiful and currently rides the roads of the Italian countryside. Photo below.

Read more about the 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce here.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Studebaker - The Complete History

I received a great birthday present: Patrick Foster's "Studebaker: The Complete History." I'm enjoying the approachable writing style, great photos, quality paper stock, and hardback presentation.

From the author's website:

"Rife with triumph and tragedy, brilliant moves and boneheaded decisions, Studebaker's decades of building cars makes for a tempestuous saga featuring some of the more interesting characters in the twentieth-century business world. But, above all, the story features cars that, for countless Americans, truly defined driving: not just the Champion, which rocketed the company back to the top in 1939, or the 1950s Raymond Lowey-designed Starliner, deemed a "work of art" by the Museum of Modern Art, but also the Hawks and Larks that so many drivers loved."

See "Inside the Book" at

View the author's website.

The Studebaker; Now That Was a Car

We talk a lot about MPG efficiency. Here's a comment by a former Studebaker Lark owner, as well as some history about Studebaker's forward-thinking electric vehicle - introduced 100-plus years ago.

"Back in 1960, I bought a Studebaker Lark V/8 and it delivered 28 miles per gallon. The cost? $1,950. Nowadays that wouldn't pay the taxes on these overpriced and overrated imported
wheel twirlers."

Read the comment about the Studebaker Lark in the Daily Record.

Little do people know that Studebaker created electric vehicles. "The Studebaker Electric was an automobile produced by the Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company of South Bend, Indiana, a forerunner of the Studebaker Corporation. The battery-powered cars were sold from 1902 to 1912."

"By 1912, it became conventional wisdom that the future lay in gasoline-powered engines rather than heavy, sluggish electrics, and the limited production of electric cars stopped. An official announcement from the newly re-incorporated Studebaker Corporation stated: The production of electric automobiles at South Bend has ended. . . It has been conducted for nine years without much success, and ultimately the superiority of the gasoline car (is) apparent."

Read the article about the Studebaker Electric here.

Photo below of a 1902 Studebaker Electric Victoria Phaeton. Source:

Sunday, December 12, 2010

My Classic Car - TV - Studebakers

"My Classic Car" has an in-depth segment in Season 7, Episode 11, about the 38th Annual Studebaker Meet Up in South Bend, IN.

Click here to download the Podcast from iTunes.

December Drive - 1950 Studebaker Champion

57 degrees, crisp, clear, and beautiful today. The perfect weather for a drive in Sacramento, CA. Love the yellow Fall leaves.

1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk - $46,200

Milton Robson Auctions recently auctioned this 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk. It's a beautiful car, and it's nice to see a Stude sell for an amount commensurate with its place in auto history.

See more about this Studebaker Golden Hawk here.

Monday, December 6, 2010

"Old People Driving" Documentary - Studebaker

This film looks amazing.

"Shaleece Haas heard her grandfather tell the stories for years. How Milton Cavalli first drove a car, at age 9, in the 1920s. How he worked hard stacking wood to buy a car from an uncle at age 13. How the yellow Studebaker he drove across country, decades later, was mistaken for a cab when Cavalli tried to pick up Haas' grandmother at a hotel in New York."

"Haas documented her 97-year-old grandfather and 99-year-old Herbert Bauer as they struggled with the decision about whether they were too old to continue driving. In the film, Haas accompanies Bauer on his final spin as a driver. Cavalli, who owns three Model T's and a Saxon, is still behind the wheel."

Go to the "Old People Driving" website.

Read the full article on

See the trailer below.

Old People Driving trailer (1:30) from Shaleece Haas on Vimeo.

Monday, November 29, 2010

2010 California Automobile Museum - Holiday Decorating

We drove our 1950 Studebaker Champion to the California Automobile Museum to view the Karel Staple Chapter xmas tree. I must admit to walking up just as they snapped the group picture, and can't take credit for any of the decorating.

Anyway, here are a few photographs from the event, including a few photos of a gorgeous 1923 Studebaker Model EL Special Six 5 Passenger Sedan. I'm told that much of the paint on the EL is original!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Studebaker Parts - Classic Enterprises - Loga Enterprises

Classic Enterprises and Ernie Loga in one article at the Journal Sentinel website!

"Classic Enterprises employs 3.5 workers who stay busy stamping out floor panels, tailgates, rocker panels, body supports, door skins and spare tire wheel wells among many other parts that gear heads need to turn their rusty old Studebaker into a sweet ride."

"Studebaker owners are a breed of their own, said Ernie Loga, 63, of Eau Claire. Most don't own just one. In fact, Loga, who operates a firm that makes interior Studebaker parts, figures the 45 members in the Badger Wheel Studebaker chapter in northwestern Wisconsin could put together a car show of 100 vehicles. Loga should know - he owns nine restored Studebakers plus another three waiting for tender, loving care."

Read the full article here.
Visit Classic Enterprises.
Visit Loga Enterprises.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Photographs from Vintage Ford of Sacramento

Additional photographs taken at the Karel Staple Studebaker Drivers Club meeting today in Rancho Cordova, CA.

Sacramento Vintage Ford - Rancho Cordova - CA

The Karel Staple Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club met at Vintage Ford of Sacramento today. The store has a great variety of car parts, attractions, toys, models, collectibles, signs, and more - including a '50's diner replica where a simple lunch of hot dogs, pizza, et al is served.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Motor Life and Hot Rod Magazines - Studebaker and Packard Hawk

Cool to find two magazines at Reiff's Gas Station featuring the Studebaker Lark and the Packard Hawk. See the picture below.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sacramento International Auto Show - Studebaker

Through the good fortune of having a friend with a Ferrari F355 Spider in the Euro Sunday display area, I was invited to show "Doc" the 1950 Studebaker Champion in Building 4 at the Sacramento International Auto Show.

Bonus: Doc is parked next to a near duplicate of my Dad's first car - a VW Karmann Ghia in blue.

Visit the Sacramento International Auto Show website.

Design a New Studebaker Contest - Studebaker National Museum

A few photographs from the Studebaker National Museum (SNM) design contest - titled "Designing a New Studebaker: A Project by the League of Retired Automobile Designers" - are on the SNM Facebook page.

Visit the SNM Facebook page here.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Studebaker Seen on American Pickers - Restoration

A great little article about the Studebaker Champion featured on the TV show "American Pickers", and how the car will get a 'rodded restoration' by Holler's Hot Rods in Independence.

See the full article on

Friday, November 5, 2010

1932 Studebaker Commander Eight with Free Wheeling

My neighbor shared this wonderful, original 1932 Studebaker Commander Eight "with free wheeling" brochure with me. Take a look at the screens below and let me know if this brochure is indeed for the 1932 model year.

The cars noted in the brochure are:

- Series Commander Eight Regal Brougham for Five
- Series Commander Eight Regal Sedan for Five
- Series Commander Eight Coupe for Four
- Series Commander Eight Victoria for Four

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Les Schwimley Motors - Sacramento, CA

Another wonderful Studebaker dealer advertisement courtesy of my research friend at Eichler Homes in Sacramento, CA.

This ad is for the 1950 Studebaker Champion! "Millions of people are talking about it."

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Stude-iPod - 1950 Studebaker Champion

The folks at Maya Design replaced the clock in their 1950 Studebaker Champion with an iPod Nano-based clock and music player. The results are a fun and functional mod seen below. Check it out here and below.

Nano-baker Stude-iPod - Best Nano Accessory Ever! from MAYAnMAYA on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

1949 Studebaker Champion - Newspaper - Advertisement

And another great Studebaker dealer advertisement.

"Treat yourself to the thrill and thrift of this style car - 1949 Studebaker Champion." A Champion 4-door Deluxe Sedan for $670.13 down and a 24-month payment plan.

1949 Studebaker - Dealer - Advertisement

Another great Studebaker ad from Les Schwimley Motors, Inc. 1510 J Street, Sacramento.

"Make Studebaker your '49 buy word. Studebaker's an all-out thriller of a car in sparkling performance."

Saturday, October 23, 2010

1934 Bendix - Studebaker National Museum

A one-of-a-kind automobile by the Bendix Corporation. Bendix Woods, home of the orchard of trees that spells "STUDEBAKER" when viewed from the air, was once the Studebaker automobile company car testing ground.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Studebaker Advertisement - Sacramento Union Newspaper

Another "thanks" to Eichler Homes in Sacramento for the Studebaker advertisement below.

"Studebaker's really rolling. $633 down including Overdrive, Hillholder and Sales tax. Monthly payment only $68.68. 1510 J Street."