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04-26-2017, 12:30 AM
Can anybody tell me, what the meaning of MOTEL in the production order from the Studebaker Museum is?
In the production order for my car the body type is 16G8-W2 MOTEL.


04-26-2017, 12:57 AM
I am guessing here but it may be the telegraph code the factory used for a particular model.

04-26-2017, 01:12 AM
The factory used telegraph code words like that to order a specific combination that was very popular. Telegrams cost per the word in those days and code words for popular models and options were economical and eliminated a lot of confusion. Someone will chime in with the meanings.



04-26-2017, 02:16 AM
Thanks for reply.
But I know, that MOTEL is a telegraph code.
I like to know the meaning of MOTEL.
I know, that I can find several codes in the font of the parts catalogue, but can't find MOTEL in it?

Dwain G.
04-26-2017, 09:20 AM
As posted above, it's a 'shortcut' to reduce the cost of sending instructions by telegraph.
I'm away from home and can't look it up, but it identifies the car being built as a Commander 4-door, and which transmission is to be installed (manual or automatic)