1937 Studebaker Dictator

1955 Cadillac Series 62

tudebaker was the oldest continuous American manufacturer of wagons and automobiles until their demise in 1966. Founded in 1852, Studebaker produced wagons for farmers, miners and the military. Studebaker also manufactured carriages for four US Presidents; Harrison, Lincoln, Grant and McKinley. All four original carriages are on display at the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend, Indiana. President Lincoln rode in a Studebaker carriage to Ford’s Theatre the night of his assassination. For the movie Lincoln, a sound crew traveled to the museum to record the sounds of the hinges and opening/closing of the carriage doors. Those sounds were used in the movie.

In 1895, Studebaker began working on a horseless carriage. The company first opted for electric powered propulsion over gasoline, manufacturing their first electric vehicle in 1902. In 1904, they began producing gasoline powered vehicles in order to capture both markets. Gasoline engines proved the standard and Studebaker manufactured their last electric vehicle in 1911.

The Studebaker Dictator was produced from 1927-1937. The name was intended to connote that the model “dictated the standard” that other models would be obliged to follow. But, that’s not how the public perceived the name by the mid 1930’s; they thought of Italian and German governments and the name was dropped by Studebaker after 1937. The cars then became Studebaker Commanders. This vehicle came to live in the museum in 2015. It was found out of state in a barn, brought to California, then repainted and freshened.

Auto Spec Sheet

Year: 1937
Make: Studebaker
Model: Dictator
Style: 2 door sedan
Serial No: N/A
Odometer: N/A
Engine Cyl:
Engine Size:
Engine HP: N/A
Trans: N/A

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