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  • #16
    There were locally built custom bodies in Finland. One of these Studebakers still remains and serves now for one of our classic car clubs. I do not know if the car (Woody) discussed here previously has any connections to Finland but several other locally custom bodied Studebakers did roll on our roads in the 1930s and 1940s and some survived.

    Here is link to a local old car club's page with the one that has been restored. This one is from 1938 and is the K-15 chassis. Text in Finnish only, sorry.

    Last edited by PekkaP; 06-04-2016, 10:54 PM.

    1960 Lark VIII Regal convertible - 1964 Daytona Wagonaire


    • #17
      Pekka, thanks for the information about cars and trucks in Finland. The 1938 Studebaker bus looks great! The M5 woodie may have a different history than some of us thought.

      The car club web site shows some photos of interesting meets in Finland with a wide range of cars. I liked the page about restoring the Chrysler 300 - what a project!
      Gary Ash
      Dartmouth, Mass.

      '32 Indy car replica (in progress)
      ’41 Commander Land Cruiser
      '48 M5
      '65 Wagonaire Commander
      '63 Wagonaire Standard
      web site at


      • #18
        Hi Guys,
        the 1948 woodie wagons were bodied in the Netherlands. They did build a few of them, so goodness knows how many actually survive. One thing's for sure - as soon as you state you have the only one, someone else pops up with another one.....
        They may have been sold by D'Ieteren as the bare bones to the Dutch dealer who had them bodied, but that I really don't know.

        In relation to the bus pictures Pekka showed us, just about every country in the world that put a bus body on a Studebaker truck did their own thing. They are always a different animal.

        Greg Diffen

        Editor Studebaker Owners Club UK magazine

        Australian Stude guy living in Warwick, United Kingdom

        1933 St Regis Brougham Model 56 delivered new in the Netherlands
        1937 Dictator sedan Australian Body by TJ Richards RHC
        1937 Packard Super 8 Limousine UK delivered RHC
        1939 Packard Super 8 Seven Passenger sedan monster UK delivered RHC
        1939 Commander Cabriolet by Lagenthal of Switzerland
        1963 Lark Daytona Hardtop
        1988 Avanti Convertible