History of the brand Studebaker, by Discovery documentary


    • Fred Blase
      Fred Blase

      Started driving dads 48 Studebaker pickup had to stand on the seat to see out the windshield probably 4 1/2 yrs old took it up the pasture lane around 2 tight corners and turned the key off in front of the house thank god for granny low that was 63 yrs ago! Next year had it figured out how to start it and take lunch out to dad in the field.dad would be in jail if we would try that now!

      about 1 hour ago
    • hellhound47bravo3

      A bit oversimplified...and you missed the Lark...and the GT Hawk.

      about 1 day ago
    • Angie Favero
      Angie Favero

      I always wanted one that beautiful and different refreshing look but could never afford one but l look back and see dedicated people collecting them and thank them for saving American history the studibaker

      about 1 day ago
    • william jones
      william jones

      nice cars nice people

      about 1 day ago
    • J Clements
      J Clements

      Thanks for posting this. Growing up in the early 1960s my grandmother had a 4 door Champion, she took us everywhere as my mother did not drive. Lots of memories flooding back with this video.

      about 1 day ago
    • สุธิดา ศรีเทพ
      สุธิดา ศรีเทพ

      amazing I bought a brand new Golden Hawk just like the one in this documentary

      about 1 day ago
    • Robert Ind
      Robert Ind

      I had a Studebaker, bought it used in Australia in 1958. It was designated as a Studebaker Commander light 6 1938 model. It was right hand drive, dark green with fawn leather interior. Mechanically it had the gear shift protruding from the dash, if you wished turn a knob on the dash and change gears clutch less, you could also change to overdrive in that mode. It was a heavy car just a fraction over 2 ton's and surprisingly economical . It was a sheer delight to drive very firm on the road. Also it was one of the few cars that from a standing start at the 30 MPH sign at the bottom of the Lithgow gap hill, go over the top at 30 MPH in top gear all the way.. It also had a Hill holder, if you applied the foot brake on an incline the car stayed there, no need to put the hand brake on, to take off again just engage the gear and take off, it unlocked the hill holder automatically, Two problems with it everywhere you went, people would come and want to go over it, The other was it continually chewed out the front engine oil sea. When I finally could not source the oil seals I reluctantly had to sell it. I had no history of the car before I bought it and none after I sold it. I wished I still had it and the 1924 Rugby (blue seal motor)Tourer I traded in on the Studebaker.

      about 1 day ago
    • Joel

      Almost completely skipped over the 40s .... The military truck played such an important role, but not so much as a picture in this documentary.

      about 2 days ago
    • Shawn Broyles
      Shawn Broyles

      I had a 1959 scotsman truck 3 on the tree electric overdrive v8 power what a great truck!

      about 2 days ago
    • RSPYC

      The so-called bullet cars were known as salt-shakers, not bullet cars. The 1953-55 cars were quite special. The 1963 Gran Turismos sold well. Studebaker did the first econo box, the Lark. The pickups were legend. Partial documentary.

      about 2 days ago
    • Vito Santo
      Vito Santo

      1953 Starlite Coupe and 1957 Golden Hawk says it all.

      about 2 days ago
    • Randy Rick
      Randy Rick

      A HS friend's Dad had 2 of the early 50's bullets, and later my friend was given one of them. I was amazed at the 30 mpg gas usage at the time when all the other cars I knew about got 15-16 mpg. The 30mpg could be chalked up to an economical 6cyl engine and an overdrive transmission plus the Dad being an aircraft design engineer who know how to tune an engine. They were great cars.

      about 2 days ago
    • Melquiades Estrada
      Melquiades Estrada In reply to Randy Rick

      My '59 Lark 6 also got incredible mileage - same transmission. Now in a '15 Kia Soul, getting 27 mpg.... technology is overrated.

      about 1 day ago
    • B Pit
      B Pit

      I currently have a 1940 Studebaker commander business coupe, was in very bad shape,so I ended up street rodding it. Now sits on an s-10 frame, small block Chevy 350 , and 350 trans. So much fun to drive, won twenty something awards sense 2016. If you want to see it, look on utube ( 1940 Studebaker with thumper cam) .

      about 2 days ago
    • James Benedict
      James Benedict

      Love me an Avanti!

      about 2 days ago
    • Stephen Saasen
      Stephen Saasen

      It's interesting how these less popular brand of automobiles had the most advanced technology. Most economical and most powerful engines available yet it just didn't catch on. AMC had similar issues. The 343 V8 in the Rambler Rebel gave my dad's '67 Cougar with 390 a real run for the money. I guess styling may have had something to do with it.

      about 2 days ago
    • Hi there
      Hi there

      What about the Studillac ?

      The scrolling is way too fast, we can't read what it says without stopping the video.

      The 53 was a classic design, way ahead of the times.

      about 2 days ago
    • War N Peace
      War N Peace

      2nd vehicle has to be one if not the rarest vehicle on the road one taillight one windshield wiper one visor
      Bare bones minimum

      about 2 days ago
    • War N Peace
      War N Peace

      Vehicle has provenance

      about 2 days ago
    • B D Richardson
      B D Richardson

      A lot of Studebaker cars and trucks had overdrive and got excellent gas mileage. My dad's '47 truck and '54 Champion both had it.

      about 2 days ago
    • augi blutz
      augi blutz

      Typical TV rubbish.
      Written for 12 year-olds.
      Probably written BY 12 year-olds.

      about 2 days ago
    • Ben Rumson
      Ben Rumson

      oh FUCK these dated sappy love story old doco from the 90's just don't FUCKING CUT IT ANYMORE . this and the couple at the beginning can sucka ma dic

      about 2 days ago
    • g mat
      g mat

      Great heart warming vid!!! Boomer ('57) so the last car style maybe a Lark was the first i had as a toy though read about the Avanti. Rock guy, too and loved Steve Miller singing "....55 Studebaker going for broke..." in Number 5's "Going To Mexico". Also a cool memory of a black Golden Hawk from the late '50s drawing the shortest straw (well, it had the most gas) in '75 to go to Winterland to see Great Fatsby era Leslie West. He was great. Elvin Bishop not so much. Car was parked on site and we had to bounce a Bug out of our way to leave. i cherish this memory.

      about 3 days ago
    • Schlau Urheber
      Schlau Urheber

      If Studebaker were still here today, there would be no Honda's, Toyota's, Chevy's or Ford's to get in their way. When Studebaker died, a part of the USA died. When the flag fell upon the playing of the National Anthem while a mannish tennis star was given a trophy, was another time of devastation; the nation was shamed. There are a few other events that have torn the nutsack from the nation, but everyone gets the picture. It's over? Most assuredly: Multiculturalism, don't you know.

      about 3 days ago
    • Don Desnoo
      Don Desnoo

      Had a 51 conv 259. 55speedster engine Hollywood top 3spd ovd. 7in bw.tv..the champions smoked a lot .had a 53 we raced 232.v8

      about 3 days ago
    • Roger Farmer
      Roger Farmer

      my aunt had a 1953 champion great car she kept it 10 year and was the same as new when she traded

      about 3 days ago
    • Bradley Greenwood
      Bradley Greenwood

      "Kerb", and "whilst"... dead-giveaways that this was done by a Brit.

      about 3 days ago
    • Nick Jervis
      Nick Jervis In reply to Bradley Greenwood

      Hi I'm a "Brit". Despite that fact I own and run a 1940 Buick Super 8 and a 1950 Ford F5 coe and a 1954 Packard Patrician straight eight 359. I also own a 1958 Ford Zephyr Farnham estate car which is an automatic. The auto box was built by Warner and it is a Studebaker design with a direct drive clutch inside the torque converter. After designing the box and asking Borg Warner to make it for them Studebaker could not afford to buy it to put into their own cars. Ford wanted to buy the design but Studebaker would not sell it to anyone. So Ford changed the design and took out the refinement and the result was Fordomatic. Ironically Studebaker bought this cheap box to put into their cars while BW went on to sell the original Studebaker designed boxes to Jaguar, Armstrong Siddeley, Austin and European Ford. Not mentioned here is the fact that for 1956 only the Studebaker Golden Hawk had a Packard V8 engine. By 1957 a Studebaker V8 with supercharger was fitted. There were also Skyhawks and Powerhawks. No mention is made of the Scotsman or the Milometer Taxi and the special police pursuit cars.


      Nick Jervis UK 🇬🇧

      Ask the man who owns one

      about 2 days ago
    • David Cantwell
      David Cantwell

      Just a few tidbits.
      President Lincoln was taken to the Ford Theater the night he was shot in a Studebaker coach.
      Moon from Moon speed products, Moon hubcaps etc etc, first piece of speed equipment produced was a double Deuce intake manifold for the Studebaker OHV V8.

      about 3 days ago
    • buster smith
      buster smith In reply to David Cantwell

      David Cantwell to bad he wasn't shot in the head about 4 yrs earlier !! Would have saved a lot of lives !!!!

      about 3 days ago
    • Jkdm 76
      Jkdm 76

      The old "Rutabagas"! Hot performers, but prone to body rusting.

      about 3 days ago
    • Any Hoot
      Any Hoot

      At first I was excited to watch this video and got my hopes up. At last, a documentary on the history of Studebaker. As the documentary was getting to the 60's I was hoping to see my dad's old car and thought about the memories I had growing up. However, I was let down as the video came to an end and not one mention of the Studebaker Lark... I can still remember my father rebuilding the engine of his 1962 Studebaker Lark after it went over 100,000 miles. Hope to see a more in depth history sometime.

      about 3 days ago
    • Eric Pitcher
      Eric Pitcher

      21:45 "It didn't really bother me because they couldn't beat me"

      about 3 days ago