1913

Studebaker

The Studebaker brothers first made their fortune building wagons. Studebaker entered into the field of producing bodies for electric cars for another automobile company.

Studebaker soon started to build gasoline-powered automobiles. They entered into agreement with E-M-F Company of Detroit, Michigan. E-M-F built the automobiles, while Studebaker distributed them through their wagon builders. In 1910, Studebaker took control of E-M-F. In 1912, Studebaker shut down its electric vehicle operation.

Studebaker built cars and trucks for both world wars. They were the first company to offer a completely restyled car after World War II in 1947. Their motto was “First by far with the post-war car!” After merging with Packard, Studebaker closed its doors in the early 1960s.

On loan from Hazel Conner Horne