Studebaker President “Speedster”


  • Manufacturer: Studebaker
  • The President was the premier automobile manufactured by Studebaker during the 1927-1942 model years. The name was reintroduced in 1955 and used until the end of 1958.
  • 1955 was the only year the President “Speedster” model was produced. A total of 2,215 were manufactured.
  • It was the forerunner of the famous Studebaker Hawk series.
  • Designed by Raymond Loewy

The Museum exhibit was owned and driven by Judge Beverly T. Fitzpatrick of Roanoke Virginia, father of the museum’s director, Bev Fitzpatrick.

Model Specifications

  • Number of cylinders: 8 OHV V-8
  • Horsepower: 185
  • Cubic inches:259
  • Carburetor: Carter WCFB 4- barrel
  • Special 2 tone paint, leather upholstery, wire wheel covers, power steering, power brakes
  • The dash featured a 160 mph speedometer and an 8,000 rpm tachometer
Studebaker President Speedster 1955