In our post about American Motors, I mentioned how so many car enthusiasts have fond feelings for AMC. Another departed car company that people seem to love is Studebaker. Though their bread and butter cars were fairly conventional and boring, the 1950 bullet nose Studebaker, the ’53 “Loewy” coupe (actually penned by Robert Bourke, who worked in Raymond Loewy’s design studio), and the Avanti are all considered landmark designs. Studebaker is also remembered because for a very long time the supercharged R3 version of the Avanti held the speed record for production cars. Yes, the list of fastest production cars that includes the Bugatti Veyron also includes a Studebaker. One of the featured classes at the 2011 Eyes On Design show was independent automakers. We’ve already shown you some of those now orphan brands, like the Kaiser Frazers at EOD ’11 along with a post on AMCs at that show and others we’ve covered. Now, please enjoy these photos of South Bend’s finest.
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