There’s nothing quite like getting your hands dirty while experiencing the thrill of handling the Studebaker restoration parts you just found for your project. Let’s face it; they don’t build automobiles like Studebaker anymore. The good news is that, even though restoration parts for Studebaker’s aren’t necessarily easy to find, if you put in a little effort, you can find original parts or good substitutes.
The inception of the Studebaker Corporation dates back to 1852, when brothers Clement and Henry Studebaker established a blacksmith shop in South Bend, IN. Eventually, Studebaker became a major manufacturer of horse-drawn wagons, and they supplied them to the United States armed forces during the Civil War.
In 1902, Studebaker entered the automotive business with electric vehicles, followed by gasoline vehicles in 1904, all marketed under the “Studebaker Automobile Company” name. In the 1930’s industrial design Raymond Loewy started working for Studebaker. Loewy went on to create the company’s most iconic models including the Starlight coupes, the 1953 Starliner and the Avanti sports coupe in 1963.
Following years of financial problems, the company merged with Packard in 1954, forming the Studebaker-Packard corporation. Unfortunately, Studebaker’s financial difficulties continued to haunt them and in 1962, the company returned to the Studebaker Corporation. The South Bend plant stopped production on December 20, 1963, with the last Studebaker rolling off the assembly line in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on March 16, 1966.
Where to Buy Classic Studebakers
If you’re new to Studebakers, now’s the time to do your homework. If you find a Studebaker close by that you can check out in person, take along a knowledgeable friend if possible. Somebody that owns or has owned one and is aware of the common problems to look for and important things to consider when it comes to details like ownership paperwork. It’s also a good idea to check out any available maintenance records.
Great places to buyer classic Studebakers are car auctions, Studebaker clubs, Craigslist, eBay, and Automobile ads. Whether your buy online or off, try to find out if the person or place selling the Studebaker is creditable and if they’re well-known locally. You’ll gain a lot of insight while you shop for your Studebaker and meet great people that are as passionate about these historical beauties as you are.
Where to Buy Studebaker Restoration Parts
How far is the nearest Studebaker restoration parts vendor? Probably not close by. When it comes to buying Studebaker restoration parts, be prepared to deal with vendors via the Internet (eBay, online part suppliers, etc.) or by making phone calls. If you want a quick turnaround on the parts you find, you’ll need to use a credit card. Before you start shopping seek advice from your local Studebaker club, well known online forums or other professionals you come across during your research. These contacts will also be able to put you in touch with good parts suppliers. You don’t want to use homemade parts or DIY solutions that can end up causing safety issues or fires.
If you’re looking for Studebaker restoration parts and are unable to find them, contact us for a quote to restore yours.