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  • The last Studebaker was built on St Patrick's Day

    According to the Hamilton Spectator, the last Studebaker to be built (a 1966 Cruiser, 283 Chevy V8) came down the assembly line on the morning of March 17th, 1966, in Hamilton, Ontario.

    However, some of our local Hamilton Chapter members, who worked there at the time, will tell you it was really produced the previous afternoon, March 16th.

    It is most probable that the 16th is correct, and the press release and all the TV, etc. coverage took place the next morning, the 17th!

    The placard for the car in the Studebaker National Museum reads March 16th, 1966.

    Regardless, it brought to an end 114 years of vehicle manufacture under the Studebaker name.



    Barry Leppan
    Burlington, Ont. Canada
    64 Daytona HT 5-spd
    64 GT Hawk R-1/AC/Powershift
    Barry Leppan
    Ontario, Canada
    64 Daytona R-1 Convertible & 64 GT Hawk R-1
    GT Hawk Registry & SDC, Hamilton Chapter [IMG]

  • #2
    Was it Green ?

    1961 Hawk 4BC,4-SPEED,TT

    Ken Byrd
    Lewisville,NC
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    1961 Hawk ...4-Speed;4bc;Twin Traction


    Ken Byrd
    Lewisville,NC

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    • #3
      Was it Green ?

      1961 Hawk 4BC,4-SPEED,TT

      Ken Byrd
      Lewisville,NC
      sigpic
      1961 Hawk ...4-Speed;4bc;Twin Traction


      Ken Byrd
      Lewisville,NC

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      • #4
        Yes, Green Turquoise with white roof..

        Barry Leppan
        Burlington, Ont. Canada
        64 Daytona HT 5-spd
        64 GT Hawk R-1/AC/Powershift
        Barry Leppan
        Ontario, Canada
        64 Daytona R-1 Convertible & 64 GT Hawk R-1
        GT Hawk Registry & SDC, Hamilton Chapter [IMG]

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        • #5
          Yes, Green Turquoise with white roof..

          Barry Leppan
          Burlington, Ont. Canada
          64 Daytona HT 5-spd
          64 GT Hawk R-1/AC/Powershift
          Barry Leppan
          Ontario, Canada
          64 Daytona R-1 Convertible & 64 GT Hawk R-1
          GT Hawk Registry & SDC, Hamilton Chapter [IMG]

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          • #6
            They should have also used a "cloverleaf" block....

            Dan
            52 hardtop
            www.studebakerhardtop.com

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            • #7
              They should have also used a "cloverleaf" block....

              Dan
              52 hardtop
              www.studebakerhardtop.com

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              • #8
                quote:Originally posted by Michidan

                They should have also used a "cloverleaf" block....

                Dan
                52 hardtop
                www.studebakerhardtop.com
                Ha ha.

                Now I have lost all faith in my Studebaker Calendar. Here I thought it was today...and I was going to drive my Lark today in homage too, but i guess I should have done it yesterday. Bummer.


                She may have bugs and she may have dings, but that just proves I drive this thing!!

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                • #9
                  quote:Originally posted by Michidan

                  They should have also used a "cloverleaf" block....

                  Dan
                  52 hardtop
                  www.studebakerhardtop.com
                  Ha ha.

                  Now I have lost all faith in my Studebaker Calendar. Here I thought it was today...and I was going to drive my Lark today in homage too, but i guess I should have done it yesterday. Bummer.


                  She may have bugs and she may have dings, but that just proves I drive this thing!!

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                  • #10
                    I drove mine yesterday went on a spring wildflower tour ended with Pizza at Prather. Studes one 56 Chevy and a Lincoln Towncar 70's vintage. Was a fun afternoon

                    Mabel 1949 Champion
                    1957 Silverhawk
                    1955 Champion 4Dr.Regal
                    Gus 1958 Transtar
                    1955 President State
                    Fresno,Ca
                    Mabel 1949 Champion
                    Hawk 1957 Silverhawk
                    Gus 1958 Transtar
                    The Prez 1955 President State
                    Blu 1957 Golden Hawk
                    Daisy 1954 Regal Commander Starlight Coupe
                    Fresno,Ca

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                    • #11
                      I drove mine yesterday went on a spring wildflower tour ended with Pizza at Prather. Studes one 56 Chevy and a Lincoln Towncar 70's vintage. Was a fun afternoon

                      Mabel 1949 Champion
                      1957 Silverhawk
                      1955 Champion 4Dr.Regal
                      Gus 1958 Transtar
                      1955 President State
                      Fresno,Ca
                      Mabel 1949 Champion
                      Hawk 1957 Silverhawk
                      Gus 1958 Transtar
                      The Prez 1955 President State
                      Blu 1957 Golden Hawk
                      Daisy 1954 Regal Commander Starlight Coupe
                      Fresno,Ca

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                      • #12
                        I drove my Stude yesterday. Course, I do that most days anyways.

                        Matthew Burnette
                        '59 Scotsman
                        '63 Daytona
                        Hazlehurst, GA

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                        • #13
                          I drove my Stude yesterday. Course, I do that most days anyways.

                          Matthew Burnette
                          '59 Scotsman
                          '63 Daytona
                          Hazlehurst, GA

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                          • #14
                            My Dad, who owned Studebakers since the 40's, also worked as a salesman selling Stude's at Steele Motors in Clifton Hieghts, PA. In 1966 he purchased the 63 GT Hawk I currently own. In a strange/sad sort of a coincidence his birthday is March 16th, the day the last of his favorite company's cars was produced(per Barry's message- I had also heard similar before). I can vaguely recall the news in 1966(I was ten years old), and how sad he was about what happened.
                            We had Dad over on Sunday to celebrate his 94th birthday. One of his favorite gifts was a Studebaker t-shirt I picked up for him while at York. Thanks for letting me share how we always remember this date.

                            Regards- Matt

                            1963 GT Hawk
                            1960 Metropolitan Convertible
                            1972 AMC Javelin/ AMX
                            1958 Cushman Eagle
                            -Matt

                            1963 GT Hawk
                            1960 Metropolitan Convertible
                            1972 AMC Javelin/ AMX
                            1956 Cushman Eagle

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                            • #15
                              My Dad, who owned Studebakers since the 40's, also worked as a salesman selling Stude's at Steele Motors in Clifton Hieghts, PA. In 1966 he purchased the 63 GT Hawk I currently own. In a strange/sad sort of a coincidence his birthday is March 16th, the day the last of his favorite company's cars was produced(per Barry's message- I had also heard similar before). I can vaguely recall the news in 1966(I was ten years old), and how sad he was about what happened.
                              We had Dad over on Sunday to celebrate his 94th birthday. One of his favorite gifts was a Studebaker t-shirt I picked up for him while at York. Thanks for letting me share how we always remember this date.

                              Regards- Matt

                              1963 GT Hawk
                              1960 Metropolitan Convertible
                              1972 AMC Javelin/ AMX
                              1958 Cushman Eagle
                              -Matt

                              1963 GT Hawk
                              1960 Metropolitan Convertible
                              1972 AMC Javelin/ AMX
                              1956 Cushman Eagle

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