International Drive Your Studebaker Day

Though it closed up shop in the mid-1960s, there are still people who love the Studebaker brand. For these folks there is this holiday when they take their autos out of storage and show them off to the world.

Studebaker was an American wagon and automobile manufacturer based in South Bend, Indiana, which was founded in 1852. Their official name was the Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company. The three brothers (out of a family of 10 children) who began the company were Clem, Peter, and John,

The company was originally a producer of wagons for farmers, miners, and the military. Studebaker marketed electric cards in 1902, and gasoline vehicle in 1904. Over the next 50 years, the company established a reputation for quality and reliability. The company was doing very well when the crash of 1929 came. They went into receivership in 1933, but managed to find their feet again, and did quite well until World War II came along, when they switched to making trucks, which were more in demand at that time. At the same time, they were preparing for the post-war market.

After the war, they began strong, but the fierce competition between Ford and GM hurt the smaller companies, who could not compete with the low prices of the big guys. Studebaker tried some mergers, most notably with Packard, but their days were numbered, and finally they shut the doors.

Now you can see the great old cars at the Studebaker Museum in South Bend Indiana, or perhaps in your own town as they drive around on this special day.

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As you might guess, there aren’t a lot of quotes about Studebakers, but here are a couple. The rest are about cars in general

If you don’t think the front end of a Studebaker is sexy, you better check your pulse.–Mikse Wolf

Ahh, a bear in his natural habitat – a Studebaker.–Jack Burns, Jerry Juhl (Muppet Movie)

The cars we drive say a lot about us.–Alexandra Paul

All of those cars were once just a dream in somebody’s head.–Peter Gabriel

I love vintage cars because you can do so much more to them.–T-Pain

Cars bring me sheer joy.–Evan Spiegel

Cars are the sculptures of our everyday lives.–Chris Bangle

Modern cars I don’t like so much.–Amber Heard

I thought cars were essential ingredients of life itself.–Edward Herrmann

As we drive down the freeways, we see the new cars, but not the massive new-car loans that enslave their drivers to the banks.–Gerry Spence

The car was invented as a convenient place to sit out traffic jams.–Evan Esar

I also tend to like cars that need me. To me, cars are like old screen doors. I know that if I jiggle the latch and move it this way, it will open for me and no one else. And that’s the kind of cars I like. So I’m the worst possible kind of consumer to do a test on. I like idiosyncratic things. I mean Bugatti had that hard-to-make hollow front axle and mechanical brakes, long after everybody else changed to hydraulics. But that’s what gives Bugattis character, and that’s what makes them interesting to me.–Jay Leno

Cars are the ultimate symbol of freedom, independence and individualism. They offer the freedom to “go anywhere,” whenever it suits and with whom one chooses.–Sarah Redshaw

For the most part, Americans without cars are very young, very old, disabled, or live in Manhattan.–Daniel Sperling and Deborah Gordon

Find more than 9000 inspirational quotes and a link to the Quote of the Day list, as well as quotation related merchandise, at

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