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The Studebaker Light Six (1922)

The Studebaker Light-Six was designed and produced to meet the world-wide demand for an efficient, durable and economical light-weight car. Studebaker considered it a real achievement in advanced automobile engineering for:

    • refined and improved design, with exact balance of weight,
    • quick acceleration, flexibility and power per pound of car weight,
    • ease of operation, quietness and freedom from vibration, and
    • economy of tires, gasoline and oil consumption.

President Eight Series (1931)

New to the 1931 Studebakers was “Free Wheeling”. Devised and perfected by Studebaker – and offered by no other manufacturer in the world – “free wheeling” allowed the driver to “shift with silence, safety and precision, from high to second, back and forth, at forty, fifty miles and hour” – without ever touching the clutch!

Commander Starliner Coupe (1953)

The 1953 models were an instant success, especially the Starliner Coupe. Raymond Loewy Associates was responsible for these new designs which combined the “American car with the European look,” a melding of styles Loewy was known for. The outstanding 1953 Loewy designs earned Studebaker the New York School of Fashion’s Fashion Academy Gold Medal.

Studebaker Hawk (1958)

Introduced in 1956, the Hawk line was produced by Studebaker in some form until 1964. The 1958 Hawk was promoted as the sports car the whole family could enjoy, with both the room and comfort of a family car combined with the performance of a sports car.

Studebaker Supporting Literature

In addition to trade literature, the Libraries' collection contains a wealth of supporting publications. These materials are rich sources of company histories and images that support research and the national collections.

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