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hopsBB
06-07-2010, 01:33 PM
Had a friend ask me today what car was the most produced by Studebaker?I didn't know so I figured I'd ask you guys seeing as I have no clue.

N8N
06-07-2010, 01:34 PM
I don't know what exact model had the highest production, but I believe the highest production years were in the immediate post-WWII era through 1952-ish?

nate

fargoguy
06-07-2010, 01:36 PM
1950 was the highest production year, i believe. my bet would be 4 door champion sedans were the most popular, but that's just a guess.

studeclunker
06-07-2010, 01:44 PM
Yeah, definately the two years of the Bullet-Noses, 1950-1. In fact, I believe it was the only time Studebaker really challenged the big three in sales.

Chris_Dresbach
06-07-2010, 03:09 PM
I do know that 1953 was noted as their last profitable year. 1950 and '51 were the most production years. It's strange, they made so many bullet noses, but now they are rare! Without looking at production reccords though, my first guess would have been all the Larks. ?

brngarage
06-07-2010, 03:21 PM
According to The Standard Catalog of American Cars 1946-1975, there were 46,027 1950 Champion Deluxe 4 door sedans and 55,296 1950 Champion Regal 4 door sedans produced as well as 45,280 1950 Champion Deluxe 2 door sedans. I don't see any other models or years anywhere close to those numbers.

Collection Doctor
06-07-2010, 04:51 PM
I do know that 1953 was noted as their last profitable year. 1950 and '51 were the most production years. It's strange, they made so many bullet noses, but now they are rare! Without looking at production reccords though, my first guess would have been all the Larks. ?
1953 was NOT the last profitable year. The car division showed a profit in 1959 following the debut of the Lark and I believe the corporation had a number of profitable years thereafter, but I do not have any annual reports handy.

raprice
06-07-2010, 07:42 PM
The information that I have is that, in 1950, Studebaker sold in the vicinity of 250,000 vehicles. I think that was their best year. Yes, 1959 was a profitable year because of the introduction of the Lark. Not too many profitable years after that.
One piece of irony is that Studebaker actually turned a profit on their cars built in Canada in 1966. Perhaps someone car verify this.
Rog

raprice
06-07-2010, 07:46 PM
As far as I know, Studebaker's most productive year was 1950, with about 250,000 cars produced. They turned a profit in '59 with the intro of the Lark series. Not too many profitable years after that. I understand that they actually turned a profit in their last year in Canada. I wonder if someone can verify that.
Rog

Nelsen Motorsports
06-07-2010, 08:25 PM
As far as I know, Studebaker's most productive year was 1950, with about 250,000 cars produced. They turned a profit in '59 with the intro of the Lark series. Not too many profitable years after that. I understand that they actually turned a profit in their last year in Canada. I wonder if someone can verify that.
Rog

I believe they only barely broke even in 1966, but then all the actual Stude guys were gone