Commander

Running Postwar Car for $2,900: 1948 Studebaker Commander Sedan

Everywhere you look, from eggs to washing machines, prices are on a continual march into the stratosphere.  When it is hard to take a family of four out to a fast-food restaurant, it is even harder to justify the… more»

Rare Big Six: 1927 Studebaker Commander Sedan

Studebaker was hitting its stride in the early 1920s. Its Six-series – the Light on a 112″ wheelbase, the Special at 120″, and the Big at 127″ – covered every corner of the burgeoning market. The powerful Big Six… more»

Rare Sliding Roof: 1964 Studebaker Commander Wagonaire

Automotive history proves that an innovative approach alone is rarely enough to save a marque from extinction. Take Studebaker as a prime example. It introduced its Wagonaire model for the 1963 model year. This variant was a Station Wagon… more»

Bullet Nose: 1951 Studebaker Commander Land Cruiser

Studebaker launched the Land Cruiser sedan at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair, a fitting venue for a standout “streamliner” design. We forget the contribution of these long-defunct carmakers toward the advancement of the automobile, but Studebaker’s contribution resounded once… more»

Container Find! 1964 Studebaker Commander

In its final years, Studebaker was in financial peril from one year to the next, although the 1959 compact Lark brought some short-term hope. But, just before Christmas of 1963, Studebaker stopped producing cars in the U.S., shifting production… more»

Cyclops Eye Speedometer! 1956 Studebaker Commander

Studebaker would use the Commander nameplate on and off between 1927 and 1964. In the 1950s, it was typically the mid-range model between the entry-level Champion and the decked-out President. This 1956 edition looks to be in outstanding condition… more»

Pair of 1956 Studebaker Commander Projects

Between 1927 and 1964, Studebaker would deploy the Commander nameplate more times than not. When the President model was resurrected in 1955, the Commander became the mid-range offering while the Champion continued in the entry-level position. The seller has… more»

1955 Studebaker Commander: Almost Runs

The beautiful design of the 1953 Starliner 2-door hardtop would inspire more than a decade of other sleek Studebaker products, including the venerable Hawk. This ’55 Commander has a sound body and paint, needs some interior work, and is… more»

Former Race Car: 1953 Studebaker Commander

Studebaker introduced a new 2-door body style in 1953. Dubbed the “Loewy coupes” after designer Raymond Loewy, they would serve the company for the next 11 years in one form or another, perhaps the most beautiful cars that Studebaker… more»

Upgraded V8: 1954 Studebaker Commander Garage Find

By 1954, Studebaker was looking financially embarrassed. That’s a polite way of saying that it was losing money at an alarming rate. Management faced the choice of merging with another manufacturer or collapsing into bankruptcy. Eventually, a merger with… more»

Not Many Left: 1949 Studebaker Commander Convertible

After World War II, Studebaker offered two automobiles, the Champion and the Commander, with the latter targeted at those who wanted a more upscale automobile. The first series would have a production run from 1947-49, which included the seller’s… more»

Hot Rod Coupe: 1953 Studebaker Commander

It’s a strange thing that Studebaker has the reputation that it does. In the popular imagination, the name can invoke a sense of the uninspired and stodgy. Yet Studebaker was, in many ways, a very innovative company, managing to… more»

350 Stroker V8 Power! 1954 Studebaker Commander Starliner

Studebaker employed the Commander name across a variety of products from 1927 until the demise of U.S production in 1964. It was reflective of upscale models and included the Starliner, 2-door hardtop editions. Besides being restored over the past… more»

Black Plate Survivor: 1954 Studebaker Commander Regal Starlight Coupe

This 1954 Studebaker Commander Regal Starlight Coupe is an attractive survivor that is ready to be enjoyed by a new owner. It isn’t perfect, but it would still turn heads wherever it goes. It has spent its life in… more»

Take Your Pick: Studebaker Assortment

Located in a field near Greenville, North Carolina lies a “collection” of Studebaker cars and one truck. They’re all from the 1950s and 1960s and how they came together here isn’t known. They’ve been sitting outside since they were… more»

Estate Find: 1954 Studebaker Commander Starliner

The 1953-58 Studebakers benefitted from distinct styling provided by the famed Raymond Loewy Studio. They were both sleek and low in appearance, thus different than most of the boxy-looking cars that the major car manufacturers were building. The 1954… more»