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2R2
12-21-2012, 09:37 PM
As I continue to dig through boxes of old issues of Automotive News, I am now in a batch of issues from late spring of ‘58


From the May 12, 1958 issue:

362 S-P Taxis Sold in New York
SOUTH BEND – Studebaker-Packard announced that is has recent orders for 434 of its Econ-O-Miler taxicabs with 362 going into New York City. These orders have brought Studebaker to the number 3 position in taxicab sales in New York this year, S-P said.
A large share of the cabs were sold by Studebaker Taxicab Corp. of Manhattan, operated by Harold Pittsburg and his father Ruby. This dealership previously sold about 260 cabs in the last three months.
The remaining 72 cabs were ordered by cab companies in Boston, Kansas City, and other cities.


From the May 19, 1958 edition:

S-P Specials Sold to City
NAUGATUCK, Conn – This city has purchased two new Studebaker Police Marshals, a heavy-duty vehicle designed for police work. The cars were sold by Erickson-Lenners.


Finally, from May 26, 1958

Volume Per Dealer:
Chevrolet…..…...…..…41.0
Ford…………….......……33.9
Oldsmobile…….....…….22.1
Dodge-Plymouth…...…21.7
Buick…….……….......….20.8
Cadillac………..…....…..18.2
Chrysler-Plymouth..….18.2
DeSoto-Plymouth…....18.2
Lincoln-Mercury…......16.9
Pontiac…………........….15.9
Rambler……….......….…12.9
Edsel…………........…….10.3
Imports…….......…………5.9
Studebaker-Packard...4.5
This chart is from an article talking about how 55% of new car dealers were operating in the red due to the rescission. Interesting that Edsel dealers were selling at a pace double Studebaker!


Also, from the same May 26th 1958 issue:

S-P Protest Rally Set for Sunday
DETROIT- Studebaker-Packard stockholders have been invited to attend an anti-management meeting at 2pm next Sunday in the Statler Hotel, Washington.
The meeting was called by the Studebaker-Packard Stockholders Protective Committed to build up demands for Congressional investigations of the S-P management contract with Curtiss-Wright.
Sol. A. Dann, Detroit attorney who is spearheading the opposition to the Curtiss-Wright deal, also announced that the Federal District Court hearing on the suite challenging S-P’s acceptance of the Curtiss arrangement has been deferred to June 16,

studegary
12-22-2012, 01:12 PM
Edsel dealerships were typically limited and relatively high volume dealerships. At the same time, Studebaker dealerships were mostly very small locations selling only a few cars. This brings the average sales per dealership down for Studebaker. The total number of sales would be the only measure that is important now.

Related fact - Crown Victorias now make up less than half of the New York City taxi fleet (medalian cabs, not gypsy or livery), but are still number one (this will change rapidly as there is an age restriction on NYC taxis).

StudeRich
12-22-2012, 07:20 PM
I wonder if NY will be using Chev. Impalas' or Malibus' that are not configured for H.D. use as Studebakers were.

Our local Bellingham, WA Yellow Cab Co. has almost 100% use-to-be Ford Crown Vic V8 Police Intercepter Cars in it's fleet, many with push bumpers and all, they love them with the Police Engine managrment Computer chip they will bogie!

studegary
12-23-2012, 12:27 PM
I wonder if NY will be using Chev. Impalas' or Malibus' that are not configured for H.D. use as Studebakers were.

Our local Bellingham, WA Yellow Cab Co. has almost 100% use-to-be Ford Crown Vic V8 Police Intercepter Cars in it's fleet, many with push bumpers and all, they love them with the Police Engine managrment Computer chip they will bogie!

NYC is going to a Nissan NV200 "microvan".

Of the 13,172 NYC taxis, 5454 are now Crown Victorias. There are now 18 different types of NYC taxi.