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."

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Lester Motors Studebaker - Sacramento Studebaker Dealership

The Sacramento Room Digitization Project posted hundreds of amazing archival photographs of Sacramento online. One of the photos is of Lester Motors - the Sacramento Studebaker Dealership!

I encourage you to check out this amazing archive. Thanks to Eichler Homes in Sacramento for the link.

Click here to see the photo and details.

This image may be protected by Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.). Copyright restrictions applying to the reproduction and use of this image are available from the Sacramento Public Library.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Studebakers at Reiff's Gas Station - Woodland, CA

Here are a few of the great Studebakers at Reiff's Garage today. Photographs of Reiff's Gas Station and Museum are below and at

Karel Staple Chapter Visits Reiff's Gas Station in Woodland, CA

Today, the Karel Staple Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club visited Mark Reiff's Gas Station and Museum in Woodland, CA. Reiff's garage is a tourist attraction and museum featuring a 1950's diner, barber shop, gas station, general store, and old-time movie theater. The visit was a great one, despite our driving a Brand X to the meet-up.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Cars of Dreams - Tail Fins and Chrome

"Tail Fins and Chrome" previewed an amazing personal car museum only open to the public three times a year. Great Packards, Chevy's, Fords, and more are inside - as well as the original Batmobile!

To see the video, visit TF and C's YouTube channel and

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Antique Auto Club’s Fall Meet - 1955 Studebaker President

From the NY Times, a nice call out to a really special 1955 Studebaker President.

"However, Gordon Apker of Seattle was able to land a special one from the ’50s. I found him looking very pleased with himself sitting behind his newly purchased yellow/green 1955 Studebaker President. It was a beautiful car that was literally stopping the golf-cart traffic that rolls through the corral. Mr. Apker said he had put a deposit on the car the day before so it wouldn’t get away. “This car wasn’t going to last,” he said."

Photos copyright the NY Times.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

1964 Studebaker Champion - Studebaker National Museum

Here's a gorgeous, cherry-red 1964 Studebaker Champion housed at the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend, IN. Nothing beats seeing these cars in person, but I hope that you can see just how unique this car is from the pictures below.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

California Automobile Museum Swap Meet - Studebakers for Sale

Two intriguing "For Sale" ads at the Cruisin' News booth at the California Automobile Museum swap meet today: one for a 1951 Studebaker Commander Coupe, and the other for a 1963 Studebaker Lark. Both look like interesting cars.

Click on the ads below for contact info.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Studebaker National Museum - Archive

The lower level of the Studebaker National Museum houses both exhibits as well as storage for cars that are rotated in and out of the main collection.

Here are a few photographs of the lower level.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Mechanical Fuel Pump - Studebaker Champion

Next week, we're doubling up on fuel pumps. We'll leave the electric pump in place as a "starter" and then switch to the mechanical pump once the car is running. Here are a few pics of the new mechanical fuel pump, fuel line, and heat shield (to ward off vapor lock).

Tom and Ray are Realistic Dream Killers

Tom and Ray are right about old car dependability, parts hunting, safety, etc. However, the parts hunting, the times when a classic car is running like a clock, the beautiful design, the interaction with interested strangers - all of these factors outweigh the difficulty of maintaining a classic car.

My advice to Gary: buy the Versa and the Avanti.

Read the full article here.

Friday, October 1, 2010

1949 Studebaker - Fire Truck - Pizza Truck

A 1949 Studebaker fire truck turns into a rolling pizza restaurant.

"After buying the truck in April and before commencing an intensive restoration in order to begin operating this summer, the couple, who have a 1-year-old son, paid a visit to the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend to do research and get some ideas for how the truck should look."

Read the full article here.

Photo provided to the SBT by Andrea Georgian. Copyright Andrea Georgian.

Studebaker Avanti - 4-Door Concept Cars

There has been much discussion online about the 4-door Studebaker Avanti concept cars. Here are a few pics of them at the Studebaker National Museum. A must-see in person!