Classic Studebaker Trucks
Although the Motor City has indeed been the epicenter of automotive manufacturing in the United States, throughout the history of the industry some other cities have played a roll as well. Perhaps surprisingly, one of them is South Bend, Indiana.
Most people will immediately think of the University of Notre Dame when they hear South Bend mentioned, but classic car fans are going to think Studebaker when they hear mention of the city.
Studebaker went out of business back in 1967 but the company was one of the true pioneers of the industry. Studebaker was founded by a clan of brothers back in the middle of the 19th century; they originally made parts for carriages but eventually they became one of the most important automobile manufacturers in the United States.
Studebaker made many memorable classic cars, and Studebaker classic trucks are also very much in demand by people who are into vintage vehicles.
The very first light truck that was built by Studebaker was the Coupe-Express, a vehicle that made its debut for the 1937 model year, remaining in production through the 1939 model year. These vehicles are extremely rare and if you find one you are going to pay a hefty price but it will probably be well worth it.
The next classic Studebaker truck model that was introduced was the M Series, which started out in 1941. 1942 models were made, but then commercial automobile manufacturing was stalled because manufacturing facilities were utilized for the war effort. The Studebaker M Series returned in 1945 and these vehicles remained in production through 1949.
Studebaker continued to build trucks into the 1950s and 1960s and these classics are always going to be a great addition to the collection of any classic truck fan.