View Full Version : 1926 was a milestone year for Studebaker

03-17-2018, 03:44 PM
Here are some of the brochures offered in 1926. They apparently had a lot of different models.


It was the year of the millionth car being produced. Below is a PR shot of that car. I am not sure where in South Bend it was taken nor whom the man in the picture is.


Commander Eddie
03-17-2018, 04:09 PM
One million cars by 1926? Wow! That makes me wonder how many they had built by the time they closed down production? Anyone know?

03-17-2018, 04:39 PM
That certainly looks like the entrance to the Administration building.

03-17-2018, 05:38 PM
I think I remember that it was just short of 8 Million cars and trucks. I am sure someone will chime in with the total figure of cars and trucks.

In the 60's a neighbor across the street in Phoenix worked for Studebaker in the late 1920's. He mentioned the factory was going strong with shifts around the clock. His wife would say he would take the street car to work and come home late. Next thing they knew, it was time to get up get on the street car and go back to work.

Bob Miles
Different by Design, Different in Delight!

03-17-2018, 06:34 PM
One million cars by 1926? Wow! That makes me wonder how many they had built by the time they closed down production? Anyone know?



03-17-2018, 07:21 PM
I believe that 1926 was important for another reason. I believe that was the first year for Barney Roos as head engineer at Studebaker, and it was the last major redesign of the early family of six cylinder engines. It was also the year that Roos and Karl Wise began work on the Studebaker/Pierce Arrow family of straight eights. This development phase proved to be very significant for the company's advancements, during the late twenties, and the company's survival throughout the Depression.

Studebaker Wheel
03-18-2018, 05:28 AM
My answer re the same photo that I posted here on August 4, 2009 and for which Craig provided the URL in his response #5 above.

This Standard Six Sport Roadster is the one millionth gasoline propelled car built under the Studebaker name exclusively. Vice president Paul G. Hoffman drove the car from the factory to the Administration Building where this photo, showing A. R. Erskine giving his approval of the car, was taken. Prior to 1911, when Mr. Erskine came to the corporation, cars were made under the names of E.M.F., Studebaker E.M.F., Garford, as well as the Studebaker electric.

03-18-2018, 01:38 PM
I am sorry if this was previously posted, I am just going through a lot of my old publicity shots. I have a file drawer of pictures from 1926 to 1952. If the prewar ones did not have them filed by year I would not be sure of the year. This one had the comment that it was the 1,000,000th Studebaker written on the back of it