1850s
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Henry and Clement Studebaker open the H & C Studebaker blacksmith shop at the corner of Michigan and Jefferson Streets in downtown South Bend.

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H & C Studebaker Blacksmith shop opens - 1852

Henry and Clement Studebaker open the H & C Studebaker blacksmith shop at the corner of Michigan and Jefferson Streets in downtown South Bend.

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John M. Studebaker joins the firm, buying elder brother Henry’s share of the business.

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John M. Studebaker joins the firm - 1858

John M. Studebaker joins the firm, buying elder brother Henry’s share of the business.

1870s
1872-fire

A devastating fire destroys over half of the Studebaker plant. The company promptly rebuilds.

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Studebaker plant fire - 1872

A devastating fire destroys over half of the Studebaker plant. The company promptly rebuilds.

1880s
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Clement Studebaker commissions noted architect Henry Ives Cobb to design his new home Tippecanoe Place. The forty-room mansion is completed in 1888.

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Tippecanoe Place commissioned - 1885

Clement Studebaker commissions noted architect Henry Ives Cobb to design his new home Tippecanoe Place. The forty-room mansion is completed in 1888.

1910s
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The Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company acquires the Everitt-Metzker-Flanders Company of Detroit to form The Studebaker Corporation. Electric vehicle production is halted.

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Studebaker acquires Everitt-Metzker-Flanders Company - 1911

The Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company acquires the Everitt-Metzker-Flanders Company of Detroit to form The Studebaker Corporation. Electric vehicle production is halted.

1920s
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Studebaker discontinues all horse-drawn vehicle production and begins transferring automobile production from Detroit to South Bend.   A 1920 Light Six is Studebaker’s first South Bend-built automobile.

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Light Six is Studebaker’s first South Bend-built automobile - 1920

Studebaker discontinues all horse-drawn vehicle production and begins transferring automobile production from Detroit to South Bend.   A 1920 Light Six is Studebaker’s first South Bend-built automobile.

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Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne takes part-time employment in Studebaker’s Sales Department. Rockne served as a Studebaker spokesman until his death in 1931.

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Knute Rockne Joins as part-time sales - 1928

Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne takes part-time employment in Studebaker’s Sales Department. Rockne served as a Studebaker spokesman until his death in 1931.

1930s
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Studebaker enters a five-car factory-backed team at the Indianapolis 500.   Studebaker Special #22 driven by Cliff Bergere leads the team with a 3rd place finish.

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Studebaker enters a five-car team at the Indianapolis 500 - 1932

Studebaker enters a five-car factory-backed team at the Indianapolis 500.   Studebaker Special #22 driven by Cliff Bergere leads the team with a 3rd place finish.

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Studebaker enters receivership and teeters on the brink of closing. The company reorganizes and resumes production under court supervision. President Albert Erskine is relieved of his duties.

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Studebaker enters receivership and teeters on the brink of closing - 1933

Studebaker enters receivership and teeters on the brink of closing. The company reorganizes and resumes production under court supervision. President Albert Erskine is relieved of his duties.

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Studebaker successfully emerges from receivership with a city-wide celebration - 1935

Studebaker retains Raymond Loewy Associates - 1936

Studebaker retains Raymond Loewy Associates to head its Design Department

The Studebaker Champion is introduced - 1939

1940s

Studebaker begins retooling for wartime production - 1942

Studebaker produces its last prewar automobile on January 31 and begins retooling for wartime production.   The company produced US6 Army trucks, the Weasel, and Wright-Cyclone radial engines for the B17 bomber

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Studebaker is “First by Far with a Postwar Car.” The company’s new 1947 Champions and Commanders debut in May and feature radical styling by Raymond Loewy Associates. Studebaker establishes itself as a styling leader.

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Studebaker is “First by Far with a Postwar Car” - 1946

Studebaker is “First by Far with a Postwar Car.” The company’s new 1947 Champions and Commanders debut in May and feature radical styling by Raymond Loewy Associates. Studebaker establishes itself as a styling leader.

1950s

Studebaker introduces its iconic “Bullet Nose” look - 1950

Studebaker introduces its iconic “bullet nose” look.   A company-record 343, 166 automobiles are produced in 1950.

Studebaker Celebrates its centennial - 1952

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Studebaker’s Starliner hardtop debuts to critical acclaim. The award-winning design was penned by Raymond Loewy Associates’ Robert Bourke.

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Studebaker’s Starliner hardtop debuts to critical acclaim - 1953

Studebaker’s Starliner hardtop debuts to critical acclaim. The award-winning design was penned by Raymond Loewy Associates’ Robert Bourke.

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The Studebaker Corporation and the Packard Motor Car Company join forces to form The Studebaker-Packard Corporation.

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The Studebaker-Packard Corporation is formed - 1954

The Studebaker Corporation and the Packard Motor Car Company join forces to form The Studebaker-Packard Corporation.

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The Hawk line debuts for the 1956 model year - 1955

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The Packard line is discontinued; the Lark is introduced as a 1959 model.

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The Lark is introduced as a 1959 model - 1958

The Packard line is discontinued; the Lark is introduced as a 1959 model.

1960s

The Studebaker Avanti debuts in late April - 1962

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The Studebaker Corporation closes its South Bend plant in December. Production continues at Studebaker’s Hamilton, Ontario, factory.

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The Studebaker Corporation closes its South Bend plant in December - 1963

The Studebaker Corporation closes its South Bend plant in December. Production continues at Studebaker’s Hamilton, Ontario, factory.

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The last Studebaker leaves the Hamilton plant on March 17. The Studebaker Corporation’s vehicle collection and company archives are given to the City of South Bend.

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The last Studebaker leaves the Hamilton plant on March 17 - 1966

The last Studebaker leaves the Hamilton plant on March 17. The Studebaker Corporation’s vehicle collection and company archives are given to the City of South Bend.