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RealRides of WNY #2383 - 1965 Wagonaire

This 1965 Studebaker Daytona Wagonaireisn’t just any old station wagon. Current owner and Smith Millsresident — not to mention Studebaker aficionado — Howard Newberry bought it from the Studebaker National Museum where it had been on display as being previously owned by a Studebaker executive. Yes, it needs a little work (which is one of the reasons the museum sold it), but it&rs

RealRides of WNY # 2279 - 1942 Studebaker

(** edited 07-05)Yes, this 1942 Studebaker Commanderlooks a little… different. The fact that it’s a 1942 model alone makes it unusual, as automobile production ended in America part way through the model year in order to devote resources to producing war materiel. This car, one of only 56 blackout Commander Custom Sedan Coupes is obviously from late in the model run when the U.S. gove

RealRides of WNY - 1956 Sky Hawk

Day 7 as we travel back to 1956 for a week…The Independents were still in business in 1956… well, maybe not all of them, but this 1956 Studebaker Sky Hawkwas being produced by the newly formed Studebaker-Packard Corporation in South Bend, Indiana. This would be the final year for Packards which were actually Packards and not face-lifted Studebakers. The Sky Hawk was a two-door hardto

RealRides of WNY - 1964 Studebaker

The simple side trim and the lack of quad headlamps would seem to indicate that this is a 1964 Studebaker Commander Wagonaire(there were also cheaper Challenger and more expensive Daytona models available). A quick peek at that year’s brochure reminded me that the station wagon from South Bend could also be had without the sliding roof panel, which made carrying tall, bulky items possible (s

RealRides of WNY - 1980 Avanti II

This 1980 Avanti IIwas spotted back in 2016 at a Studebaker swap meet in Dunkirk. This one of course, isn’t technically a Studebaker, as they stopped building cars after the 1966 model year. The original Avanti (minus the Roman numeral) went out of production after MY 1964, but the tooling was bought by a group of South Bend Studebaker dealers (South Bend being Studebaker’s home). The

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Avanti

If you’re face-to-face with a 1963 Studebaker Avanti, odds are you’re at a car show or in a museum. But every once in a while you come across one in the wild, like this one, seen a few weeks ago in a Lockportparking lot. The Avanti was certainly one of the more stunningly designed American cars of 1963, but a series of production problems led to only 3,834 of them being produced in thi

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Lark

If you’ve ever wondered what a 1963 Studebaker Lark Regalwould look like without bumpers, you’ve come to the right place! Seen a couple of summers ago in Tonawanda, the Regal was just a notch above Studebaker’s entry level car, the Lark Standard (which was introduced halfway into the model year). The folks from South Bend told us that the Regal would “…unquestionably

RealRides of WNY - 1981 Avanti II

Came across this 1981 Avanti IIa couple of years ago in Elma, built by the Avanti Motor Corp. of South Bend, Indiana. The original Avanti was introduced by South Bend’s Studebaker Corp. for model year 1963; it was dropped after MY 1964 while Studebaker was in the throes of disintegration. A group of their dealers formed acompany which eventually bought the tooling for Studebaker’s pers