View Full Version : Studebaker Panther?

05-16-2017, 03:43 PM
This is my first post!
First of all, I live in the south west of the UK and have owned a 1928 (1929 model) Studebaker Dictator Royal for several years. Believe it or not this lovely car has never been touched bodily or mechanically since 1928! It is in an amazing original condition and I drive it to many classic car shows, carefully!
I collect Studebaker memorabilia and have recently acquired a beautiful heavy chromed car badge which portrays a well sculptured leaping panther between the names Studebaker and Panther. It has threaded holes on the reverse which means it must have been attached to something. But what?
The badge was found in a drawer in a garden shed here in the U.K. and according to the elderly lady owner she tells me that it has been there for many years! The badge is approx. 6"x 4" and after cleaning and polishing it is in mint condition! Apart from Packard Panther, any ideas?

Chris Pile
05-16-2017, 03:49 PM
Can you post some pictures?

05-16-2017, 03:51 PM
Interesting, Ray...
I did a little looking and found a similar question asked way back in 2002...
Nobody knew the answer then, either...


05-16-2017, 05:49 PM
I was just reading a UK vintage trucking magazine not long ago stating the different named Studebaker commercial models that were only used for the British market; some I can't say I heard being used in North America.






05-16-2017, 06:24 PM
Thanks for replies, I will post some photos asap, it's nightime here so I am off to bed!

05-16-2017, 08:07 PM
I also have one of the Studebaker Panther emblems as well as an ad provided by Richard Quinn for the 1935 commercial trucks marked 'The Studebaker Pierce-Arrow', the Panther Series. Studebaker Distributors LTD, 385-7 Euston Road, London, N.W.I.

Skip Lackie
05-17-2017, 08:32 AM
I was just reading a UK vintage trucking magazine not long ago stating the different named Studebaker commercial models that were only used for the British market; some I can't say I heard being used in North America.


Thanks Craig. We learn something every day.

05-17-2017, 09:53 AM
Thanks to all for their input, especially to Craig for the article on Studebaker trucks in the U.K which answered my question! Photo of the badge is hopefully attached, it will now be framed and hung on my garage wall with the info.
Amazing the power of the internet and a great website!

05-17-2017, 09:57 AM
Impressive looking badge! Thanks for posting a photo of it!!

What will be better yet, will be to find a 3-5 tonner UK-market Stude truck to affix it to!


05-17-2017, 10:25 AM
Hi Craig, I have already started looking!

05-17-2017, 10:37 AM

you never cease to amaze me with your ability to research archives, we are all lucky to have you here!

Chris Pile
05-17-2017, 11:54 AM
Pretty cool badge!

05-17-2017, 02:23 PM
Before today, I've always associated the Panther with Paragon Motors….

05-17-2017, 04:30 PM
My thoughts about the Panther name goes to 600 & 650 cc one-barrel bikes...
& if I had a badge like THAT it would be over my bed until I got the vehicle for it!

05-18-2017, 07:46 AM
Hi Craig, I have already started looking!

Keep us all posted if you do find something there.

It appears larger vintage commercial vehicles have a huge following in England, and chances are, one could still be kicking around somewhere.


05-18-2017, 10:58 AM
Here is the framed badge, it would be a shame to put it on the back of a truck if I could find one, or even hang it up in the garage.
I work for a large classic car and transport museum here in Devon, UK and nobody has heard of one! So the chase is on!
will keep you posted should a truck surface!

Dwain G.
05-18-2017, 01:31 PM
In the 2002 forum posts, that badge was found while digging in a garden in Middlesex. Same one or are there two now?

05-18-2017, 02:03 PM
I think there must be more than one badge as stupak also has one in an earlier post. Although the distance between my badge and the one that was dug up was only 100 miles! Who knows? But my badge looks brand new, it must have been wrapped in cotton wool.

05-18-2017, 02:12 PM
I suspect they went on each side of the hood (bonnet), which would amount to two per truck.