Volume IX, Number 4

Studebaker in Small-Scale
by Doug Breithaupt

Studebaker was almost forgotten in small-scale for far too many years. Only in the last few years have we began to see some of Studebaker's best begin to appear in 1:64 scale. The fact that Studebaker ended automotive production in the mid-1960's, just before the explosion of the small-scale toy car market, certainly contributed to the lack of models for this manufacturer.

Hot Wheels, Racing Champions and most of all, Johnny Lightning are now beginning to look back at the 20 years of post-war Studebaker models. This is very welcome as Studebaker offered some of the most stylish American cars of this period. Studebakers were also popular with custom, hot rod and racing types. Half of the new models reflect this interest in Studebakers with altered body work and competition power.

The Schrock brothers have offered a variety of Studebaker models in 1:72 scale. Dave Weber did a story on these in a previous issue. Here are the Studebakers in my collection.

1951 Commander - Racing Champions

Custom Commander Coupe - Johnny Lightning

Custom Studebaker Wagon - Mattel (McDonalds)

Starliner Coupe drag racer 'At-A-Tude' - Hot Wheels

1957 Golden Hawk - Johnny Lightning

1963 Avanti - Johnny Lightning

1961 Lark Convertible - Tootsietoy

1964 Lark Wagonaire - Matchbox

1964 Lark Wagonaire Ambulance - Husky