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1953 Studebaker Commander V8 Starliner Coupe - My Car Story with Lou Costabile
1953 Studebaker Commander V8 Starliner Coupe - My Car Story with Lou Costabile
Published: 2014/08/04
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1951 Studebaker Commander Land Cruiser
1951 Studebaker Commander Land Cruiser
Published: 2015/04/02
Channel: Emerson Collie
1954 Studebaker Commander Starliner Vintage Promotional Film
1954 Studebaker Commander Starliner Vintage Promotional Film
Published: 2015/03/14
Channel: WheelsTV
1958 Studebaker Commander Rescue Video 3
1958 Studebaker Commander Rescue Video 3
Published: 2016/08/19
Channel: TheCorvetteBen
1965 Studebaker Commander, resto-mod
1965 Studebaker Commander, resto-mod
Published: 2016/01/22
Channel: John Nylander
1953 Studebaker Commander
1953 Studebaker Commander
Published: 2015/07/18
Channel: nismogropo
1958 Studebaker Commander Rescue Video 1
1958 Studebaker Commander Rescue Video 1
Published: 2016/08/13
Channel: TheCorvetteBen
1953 Studebaker Commander ~ GoodGuys Spokane
1953 Studebaker Commander ~ GoodGuys Spokane
Published: 2017/01/19
Channel: MyHotRodTV
1928 Studebaker Commander Army Staff Car on GovLiquidation.com
1928 Studebaker Commander Army Staff Car on GovLiquidation.com
Published: 2015/01/30
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рассказ Studebaker Commander 1955
рассказ Studebaker Commander 1955
Published: 2015/12/11
Channel: Иван Зенкевич PRO автомобили
1951 Studebaker Commander
1951 Studebaker Commander
Published: 2015/07/02
Channel: grautogallery1
1964 Studebaker Commander cold start
1964 Studebaker Commander cold start
Published: 2014/08/02
Channel: uh6077
Studebaker Commander 1949 After Restoration Part One
Studebaker Commander 1949 After Restoration Part One
Published: 2011/04/23
Channel: wlashes06
1950 Studebaker Commander dual exhaust sound clip
1950 Studebaker Commander dual exhaust sound clip
Published: 2013/12/22
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1954 Studebaker Commander
1954 Studebaker Commander
Published: 2016/01/28
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1948 STUDEBAKER COMMANDER DELUXE ****FOR SALE****
1948 STUDEBAKER COMMANDER DELUXE ****FOR SALE****
Published: 2012/06/01
Channel: Midwest Car Exchange
1953 Studebaker Commander 2017 World Of Wheels Birmingham
1953 Studebaker Commander 2017 World Of Wheels Birmingham
Published: 2017/02/13
Channel: ScottieDTV
Studebaker Commander Land Cruiser - 1950
Studebaker Commander Land Cruiser - 1950
Published: 2010/10/16
Channel: Dave Sinclair
1951 Studebaker Commander Starlite
1951 Studebaker Commander Starlite
Published: 2014/11/28
Channel: GatewayClassicCars
1964 Studebaker Commander 259 V8 walk around
1964 Studebaker Commander 259 V8 walk around
Published: 2014/08/03
Channel: uh6077
Taking My 1951 Studebaker Commander Land Cruiser For A Drive At Night
Taking My 1951 Studebaker Commander Land Cruiser For A Drive At Night
Published: 2016/12/16
Channel: Emerson Collie
1940 Studebaker Commander, Gateway classic cars Nashville, #536
1940 Studebaker Commander, Gateway classic cars Nashville, #536
Published: 2017/07/15
Channel: GatewayClassicCars
What To Do With A
What To Do With A '39 Studebaker Commander (Part 1)
Published: 2016/04/17
Channel: DEBOSS GARAGE
Studebaker Commander Regal 1952
Studebaker Commander Regal 1952
Published: 2011/06/09
Channel: MadnessUS
1958 Studebaker Commander Rescue Video 11
1958 Studebaker Commander Rescue Video 11
Published: 2016/09/24
Channel: TheCorvetteBen
1952 Studebaker Commander - Stock #5840 - Gateway Classic Cars St. Louis
1952 Studebaker Commander - Stock #5840 - Gateway Classic Cars St. Louis
Published: 2013/11/11
Channel: Brendan Chambers
1958 Studebaker Commander Rescue Video 13
1958 Studebaker Commander Rescue Video 13
Published: 2016/09/29
Channel: TheCorvetteBen
1964 Studebaker Commander Four Door Sedan Grn SumFG030412
1964 Studebaker Commander Four Door Sedan Grn SumFG030412
Published: 2012/04/20
Channel: Jack R
Should We Build the
Should We Build the '39 Studebaker Commander Or... (Part 3)
Published: 2017/08/30
Channel: DEBOSS GARAGE
1932 Studebaker Commander St. Regis Sedan
1932 Studebaker Commander St. Regis Sedan
Published: 2017/05/02
Channel: White Glove Collection
1951 Studebaker Commander
1951 Studebaker Commander
Published: 2013/03/25
Channel: GatewayClassicCars
1955 Studebaker Commander For Sale or Trade. (SOLD!) motorlandamerica.com
1955 Studebaker Commander For Sale or Trade. (SOLD!) motorlandamerica.com
Published: 2014/09/25
Channel: Motorland
1948 Studebaker Commander Land Cruiser Antique in Bellevue, IA
1948 Studebaker Commander Land Cruiser Antique in Bellevue, IA
Published: 2013/08/15
Channel: GoTradeco
1939 Studebaker Commander Coupe
1939 Studebaker Commander Coupe
Published: 2017/09/16
Channel: Dallas LowLifes
1948 Studebaker Commander Regal Deluxe Convertible
1948 Studebaker Commander Regal Deluxe Convertible
Published: 2015/02/24
Channel: Vintage Car Fan
1955 Studebaker Commander Hardtop
1955 Studebaker Commander Hardtop
Published: 2011/03/08
Channel: Jack R
1941 Studebaker Commander
1941 Studebaker Commander
Published: 2010/05/28
Channel: boneyardbrothers
1958 Studebaker Commander Rescue Video 4
1958 Studebaker Commander Rescue Video 4
Published: 2016/08/24
Channel: TheCorvetteBen
1958 Studebaker Commander Rescue Video 10
1958 Studebaker Commander Rescue Video 10
Published: 2016/09/20
Channel: TheCorvetteBen
1948 Studebaker Commander Starlight Coupe Start Up
1948 Studebaker Commander Starlight Coupe Start Up
Published: 2017/04/10
Channel: MAGNUM05
1955 Studebaker Commander
1955 Studebaker Commander
Published: 2015/07/24
Channel: Motorland
1958 Studebaker Commander Rescue Video 6
1958 Studebaker Commander Rescue Video 6
Published: 2016/09/06
Channel: TheCorvetteBen
Very RARE 1957 Studebaker Commander 4 dr. sedan
Very RARE 1957 Studebaker Commander 4 dr. sedan
Published: 2014/08/14
Channel: DougCameraman
1956 studebaker commander
1956 studebaker commander
Published: 2010/08/15
Channel: algo0606
1953 Studebaker Commander
1953 Studebaker Commander
Published: 2010/09/24
Channel: chulavista1966
1941 Studebaker Commander Coupe
1941 Studebaker Commander Coupe
Published: 2011/01/05
Channel: Jack R
1938 Studebaker Commander
1938 Studebaker Commander
Published: 2014/12/01
Channel: grautogallery1
1958 Studebaker Commander Rescue Video 5
1958 Studebaker Commander Rescue Video 5
Published: 2016/09/03
Channel: TheCorvetteBen
1955 Studebaker Commander - #193 NDY - Gateway Classic Cars Indianapolis
1955 Studebaker Commander - #193 NDY - Gateway Classic Cars Indianapolis
Published: 2014/08/16
Channel: GatewayClassicCars
1941 Studebaker Commander
1941 Studebaker Commander
Published: 2010/05/11
Channel: vwbussesareforever
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Studebaker's 'World's Champion' 1928 GB Regal Commander Six, pictured on a 4000 km journey from Sydney to Perth, Australia, in 1975

The Studebaker Commander is the model-name of a long succession of automobiles produced by the Studebaker Corporation of South Bend, Indiana (United States) and Studebaker of Canada Ltd of Walkerville and, later, Hamilton, Ontario (Canada). Studebaker began using the Commander name in 1927[1]:p258 and continued to use it until 1964, with the exception of 1936 and 1959-63. The model-name was applied to various positions in the company's product line-up from year to year.

History[edit]

1920s[edit]

A 1928 Studebaker Commander at the Vintage Car Museum & Event Center in Weatherford, Texas

Until the appearance of the 8-cylinder President in January 1928, all Studebaker cars of the 1920s were sixes. There were three basic models — the Light, the Special and the Big Six, developing 40 bhp (30 kW; 41 PS), 50 bhp (37 kW; 51 PS), and 60 bhp (45 kW; 61 PS) respectively at 2000 rpm. The first Commander, in 1927, was a continuation of the mid-range Special Six, with a 226 cu in (3.7 L) engine. Their inbuilt durability and toughness gained them great renown under worldwide conditions. The 1928 GB Commander was a descendant of the Big Six, being powered with the proven 354 cu in (5.8 L) engine, modified to deliver 75 bhp (56 kW; 76 PS) at 2400 rpm. In October 1928, three Commander sixes lined up at the Atlantic City speedway to challenge the 15,000 mi (24,000 km) speed record (64.25 mph (103.40 km/h)) held by the much higher-priced Auburn straight-eight Speedster.

They not only accomplished that but then went on to establish new records up to 25,000 miles (40,000 km). The two sports roadsters averaged better than 65 mph (105 km/h) and the sedan, which had flipped on the icy boards during one of the night runs and had been hurriedly repaired, averaged almost 62 mph.[1]:p259

After this, the three cars were closely scrutinised, part by part, and it was established that they were strictly stock automobiles, identical in every respect to those available at any Studebaker showroom.[1]:p259

In Australia, a crew of three drivers led by Norman "Wizard" Smith tackled overland records using a Commander roadster. On a 3,000-mile run from Fremantle to Sydney, they smashed the previous record by 12 hours 23 minutes despite traversing 450 miles through blinding rain, and having to ford a river when a bridge had been washed away. The team rested for a little over three hours before attempting another record on the 600-mile track to Brisbane.[2]

These sixes were the last descendants of rugged cars designed for poor roads in the early 20th century—loaded with torque and strong in construction. They were less well suited to the higher cruising speeds made possible by better roads in later years.[3]:p239

In 1929, Studebaker added an 8-cylinder Commander to the range.[4]

1930s[edit]

1935 Commander roadster

In 1935, the Commander was dropped from Studebaker’s product line, only to be reinstated in 1937 when the name was applied to Studebaker’s least expensive range formerly known as the Studebaker Dictator. Studebaker introduced the Champion in 1939, and the Commander line was again repositioned, now as the midrange vehicle.

1940s[edit]

1942 Commander Custom Cruising Sedan

Immediately following World War II, Studebaker dropped its President models, and the Commander again was elevated in the lineup. Studebaker also again rolled out an extended wheelbase model of the Commander, the Land Cruiser.

1942 Commander Custom Cruising Sedan

Raymond Loewy's highly distinctive shape for the 1947 Commander and Champion, spectacular on their Starlight coupe, led if it did not create a boom in America's trunk space.

1947 Commander 2 Door, 3 Passenger Regal Delux Business Coupe (14A-Q2)
Regal Delux Business Coupe
1950 Commander convertible

1950s[edit]

1952 Studebaker Commander State Convertible

The 1950 Champion differed from the Commander, which had a distinctive bumper, carried over from 1949, longer front fenders and large headlight bezels, as well as a distinctive jet-style hood ornament.

In a 1953 road test done by Popular Mechanics, the Commander got a 0-60 mph of 17.9 seconds and was rated as getting 26.1 mpg at 30 mph.[5]

In 1955, Studebaker reintroduced the President name for its premium models and 'Commander' was applied to the mid-range products. The Commander line was extended with the introduction of a lower-priced Custom sub-series, being basically a Champion with a V8 engine. Studebaker placed the name on hiatus at the end of the 1958 model year.

1960s[edit]

1964 Studebaker Commander

In 1963, Studebaker again resurrected the Commander name for the 1964 model year, applying it to the next-to-lowest-priced Lark model, the Challenger being below. 1964 Studebaker Commanders most commonly had a dual headlight arrangement which they shared with the Challenger though quad headlamps were optional. The 1965 Commander shared the quad-headlight system of the Daytona and Cruiser. Commanders reverted to single headlamps in the final model year of 1966. In March 1966, Studebaker shut down production of all vehicles.[6]

Later use of the Commander name[edit]

In 2005, Jeep introduced its new flagship SUV, the Jeep Commander, that was produced through 2010.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Betts, Charles (1972). "Studebaker as Gladiator: on the boards, the bricks & the salt". Automobile Quarterly. 10 (3): 258–265. OH 2265 (Battye). 
  2. ^ Motor Record: Fremantle to Sydney. Studebaker Performance The Sydney Morning Herald, p. 16, 5 April 1928, at Trove
  3. ^ Hendry, Maurice D. (1972). Studebaker: One can do a lot of remembering at South Bend. Automobile Quarterly. 10. pp. 229–257. ...with roads improving, there was less need to overdesign for extreme conditions. 
  4. ^ Chilton Automotive Multi-Guide, Spring 1931, p. 193. In facsimile edition, 2nd printing by Thomas Nelson 1975
  5. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=-tsDAAAAMBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false
  6. ^ Reynolds, Ed (2003). Studebaker Lark 1959-1966 Photo Archive. Iconografix. ISBN 9781583881071. 

References[edit]

  • Maloney, James H. (1994). Studebaker Cars. Crestline Books. ISBN 978-0-87938-884-3. 
  • Kimes, Beverly R.; Clark, Jr., Henry A., eds. (1996). The Standard Catalog of American Cars 1805-1945. Krause Publications. ISBN 0-87341-428-4. 
  • Langworth, Richard (1979). Studebaker: the Postwar Years. Motorbooks International. ISBN 978-0-87938-058-8. 
  • Gunnell, John, ed. (1987). The Standard Catalog of American Cars 1946-1975. Krause Publications. ISBN 0-87341-096-3. 

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