View Full Version : Among my souvenirs #6 (1936 Studebaker battery charger)

Studebaker Wheel
11-04-2014, 01:45 AM
I would guess that few are aware that Studebaker offered a home battery charger as a regular accessory carrying part number of AC270 and priced at $7.50. This was in 1936. Particularly interesting to me since I have a 36 President coupe. I have only seen one other (Bob Grove in Temperance, MI) so believe these are pretty scarce. I would like to hear from anyone else who might own one. This charger not to be confused with the one offered by the Studebaker subsidiary BIG FOUR Industries of Cincinnati, Ohio in the late 60s after Studebaker was out of the auto business. I have seen a few of those. Note the description in image #2 below from the "Studebaker Salesman's Accessory Guide for 1936."


11-04-2014, 07:43 AM
Studebaker ahead of its time again!! With today's electrical systems that continuously drain the battery even while the vehicle is parked, Porsche, BMW and others offer accessory trickle chargers for their vehicles for long-term storage.


11-04-2014, 07:49 AM
(Fun with Studebaker post's)....

I googled E.S. Evans and sons and found some neat stuff.....

(windshield washer heater patent... circa 1936)

(wiper blade and arm patent)

(Weedless fishing lure)

(Inventor article about hydrodome / hydrofoil?)

(a great read about Evans and his 'Thunderboat' connection)

11-04-2014, 09:02 AM
Interesting to note that in 1935, the Rural Electrification Administration was created to get more rural Americans access to electricity. Only 11% of farms had power in 1934 - so as rare as this charger would have been, would have been even more rare to sell them in a rural area...

11-04-2014, 09:30 AM
I have one. I was thinking it was 1935. Richard you sent me a copy of the sales literature for it about 12 years ago.

Denny Lockmon

Commander Eddie
11-04-2014, 09:34 AM
I am surprised that the circuitry in this unit was sophisticated enough to stop charging when it detected the battery was fully charged. For 1936 that is amazing.

Studebaker Wheel
11-04-2014, 08:04 PM
I have one. I was thinking it was 1935. Richard you sent me a copy of the sales literature for it about 12 years ago.

Denny Lockmon

Denny; The info I sent you then was correct. The charger was offered first in the 1935 model year and carried over to 1936 and 1937.