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  • December 20, 1963

    It was on this day 46 years ago that many South Bend employees worked their last shift for Studebaker. Regular auto production ends.....many lose their jobs......most have no pension......Merry Christmas.[V]

  • #2
    Having visited Southbend several times for the International meets, I can't imagine what the mood of that town was when this happened. It must have felt like the end of the world for many people.


    Doug
    Venice, Florida
    1950 Champion
    9G F1

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    • #3
      quote:Originally posted by Invalid User Name

      Having visited Southbend several times for the International meets, I can't imagine what the mood of that town was when this happened. It must have felt like the end of the world for many people.


      Doug
      Venice, Florida
      1950 Champion
      9G F1
      You are probably correct. It is probably the same feeling a lot of folks are feeling right now and for the same reasons.

      Joe Roberts
      '61 R1 Champ
      '65 Cruiser
      Editor of "The Down Easterner"
      Eastern North Carolina Chapter
      Joe Roberts
      '61 R1 Champ
      '65 Cruiser
      Eastern North Carolina Chapter

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      • #4
        On a positive note...they are still selling today, December 20th, 2009!!! [8D]

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        • #5
          quote:Originally posted by barnlark

          On a positive note...they are still selling today, December 20th, 2009!!! [8D]

          Dave, Larry Sherer (Ohio Region SDC Membership Sec'y) owns a '64 GT Hawk that was built on 12/20/63. Serial no. starts with 64V-20XXX. Beautiful car and great-guy owner.

          I don't think you were at the meet, Dave, but maybe four years ago, I was at a Friday's nearby with a SNM sweatshirt on. A handsome older gentleman came to my table and said he worked at an NBC affiliate in South Bend when Stude shut down and snuck in and took footage that was shown on Huntley and Brinkley that night. I had always heard that story and here was the guy! I invited him to speak at Ted Hurd's SDC meet and he was a captivating speaker. See, wear those Stude shirts out and about!

          Bill Pressler
          Kent, OH
          '63 Lark Daytona Skytop R1
          '64 Daytona Hardtop
          Bill Pressler
          Kent, OH
          (formerly Greenville, PA)
          Currently owned: 1966 Cruiser, Timberline Turquoise, 26K miles
          Formerly owned: 1963 Lark Daytona Skytop R1, Ermine White
          1964 Daytona Hardtop, Strato Blue
          1966 Daytona Sports Sedan, Niagara Blue Mist
          All are in Australia now

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          • #6
            Don't forget 12/9/1963 when it was announced too. Today is basically the day when jobs in South Bend died.[xx(][V][B)]

            Chris Dresbach
            Chris Dresbach

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            • #7
              quote:Originally posted by Chris_Dresbach

              Don't forget 12/9/1963 when it was announced too. Today is basically the day when jobs in South Bend died.[xx(][V][B)]

              Chris Dresbach
              (and it still has'nt really recovered from it either)[xx(][V]

              Chris Dresbach
              Chris Dresbach

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              • #8
                quote:Originally posted by Chris_Dresbach

                quote:Originally posted by Chris_Dresbach

                Don't forget 12/9/1963 when it was announced too. Today is basically the day when jobs in South Bend died.[xx(][V][B)]

                Chris Dresbach
                (and it still has'nt really recovered from it either)[xx(][V]

                Chris Dresbach

                Yeah, Alot of them jobs moved to Mishawaka. (Or overseas.)

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