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Stu Chapman
03-04-2010, 07:00 PM
Today is March 4th, and it's the 44th anniversary of the announcement back in 1966 that Studebaker would no longer build cars. As many of you know I was the person responsible for releasing that news to the media at 3:00 PM that day. To commemorate that regrettable event, at 3:00 PM today, I had the opportunity to announce to everyone present at the York Swap Meet of the anniversary. It just seemed appropriate that so many could reminisce together today and perhaps shed a tear or two and remember the car we all love.
Stu Chapman

Chris_Dresbach
03-04-2010, 09:09 PM
:( Oh man, that stinks. And don't forget the even sadder date, march 16th, 1966 when the final stude came off the line in canada. And december 9th, 1963 was the end for South Bend. And what is it about 3:00[?] I know for a fact too that the announcement at South Bend was at 3:00. Shift change[?] What was really creepy, was when I had the foundry tour here, at 3:00 I stopped and basically did everything but hear the news, weird.[V][xx(] I sure wish I could have been around when south bend was still making cars. I would have loved to be able to see it.:([V][B)]

Chris Dresbach
http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx323/chris_dresbach/Studebaker%201/ModelN-1-1.jpghttp://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx323/chris_dresbach/40champion-1-1.jpghttp://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx323/chris_dresbach/Studebaker%201/N10-1-1.jpg
1940 Champion two door.
Parts of the 1952 Model N

Stu Chapman
03-05-2010, 06:26 AM
Hi Chris...small correction. The date of the last car to come off the line in Hamilton Canada was March 17th, shortly after 8:00 AM. I know there has been some dispute about the date, however while that car was substantially completed the day before it was held for final trim installation on the 17th. This was done to accommodate the media because we were dealing with noon television requests and newspapers were produced in the afternoon back then.
Stu Chapman


quote:Originally posted by Chris_Dresbach

:( Oh man, that stinks. And don't forget the even sadder date, march 16th, 1966 when the final stude came off the line in canada. And december 9th, 1963 was the end for South Bend. And what is it about 3:00[?] I know for a fact too that the announcement at South Bend was at 3:00. Shift change[?] What was really creepy, was when I had the foundry tour here, at 3:00 I stopped and basically did everything but hear the news, weird.[V][xx(] I sure wish I could have been around when south bend was still making cars. I would have loved to be able to see it.:([V][B)]

Chris Dresbach
http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx323/chris_dresbach/Studebaker%201/ModelN-1-1.jpghttp://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx323/chris_dresbach/40champion-1-1.jpghttp://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx323/chris_dresbach/Studebaker%201/N10-1-1.jpg
1940 Champion two door.
Parts of the 1952 Model N

StudHawk60
03-05-2010, 10:05 AM
quote:Originally posted by Chris_Dresbach

:( ..... december 9th, 1963 was the end for South Bend.
Chris Dresbach




The announcement was Dec 9, regular production lasted until Dec 20.:(