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The 1949 Ford is generally regarded as the first all new postwar car from an American manufacturer. While it’s true that the “three box” envelope body styling of the ’49 Ford was a radical departure from prewar cars with fastback (or bustle back) rear rooflines and separate fenders, Studebaker was really the first major automaker with an all new car, the 1947 Commander. “First by far with a postwar car!” was Studebaker’s slogan. Raymond Loewy’s studio was responsible for the styling of the ’47 Studebaker – it was an important contract for Loewy Associates and they had an office in South Bend. Bob Bourke, who later penned the ’53 Studebaker coupe, one of the all time classics, did much of the styling though Virgil Exner, then working for Loewy contributed as well. Actually, according to Tim Howley at Hemmings, the 1949 Ford also had its roots with the South Bend Studebaker team. Here is some video of a Commander four door and a convertible driving away from the judges’ stand at teh 2012 Orphan Cars