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Galen55
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studebaker assembly line in south bend indiana c 1946 u l p3o3bm0

   
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David H
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Good one, Galen55!  This one just about stumped me until I thought about it.  Studebaker, as the war in Europe ended, returned to auto production as fast as possible, just like all the rest.   And, just like the others, did this by dusting off the dies from the aborted 1942 models.  But, unlike the others, Studebaker was already getting their new body dies ready and the "which way" Stude was very shortly to replace the old '42 models.   Your fine picture is, I think, of these 1946 first efforts, a forgotten car.

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WRONG!   Sometimes I get carried away with my inventive mind and partial research.  As I compared the grill on this first-after-the-war Studebaker with the assembly line in your fine picture, it did NOT fit.  So I looked again, this time at late 1946/early 1947 and those first really new cars after the end of World War II:

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 I think that's it!  Right?


   
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Jack Dodds
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Quite right; we don't see many 46 Studebakers around.


   
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Bob Jackman
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A 1946 Studebaker is a rare site indeed. Love the pictures Galen and David.


   
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Bill Juffernbruch
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117   1946 Studebaker
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1946 Studebaker brochure from my collection. Three body styles, 4-door Sedan, Coupe and 2-door.  Anyone know the number of 1946's Studebaker made?


   
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Frank Reed
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@bill-juffernbruch. According to a comment at the end of this article about 19000 were built in 46. https://www.autonews.com/article/20111031/CHEVY100/310319970/no-new-cars-but-that-didn-t-stop-u-s-automakers-dealers-during-wwii

cool video here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tbIuTZLGado

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Frank Reed
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According to consumer guide encyclopedia all Skyway Champion

coupe 3P   2465

coupe 5P   1285

club sedan 5000

cruising sedan  10525

Frank Reed
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John Kuvakas
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Interesting video in that we never see the entire car at once.

John Kuvakas
Warrenton, VA


   
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