Studebaker was in dire straits by 1965. The South Bend plant had closed in late 1963 and production was consolidated to the last remaining production plant in Hamilton Ontario. It would be just a few more years before the plug was finally pulled on March 16, 1966. Despite the woes that the company had been going through since the mid 1950’s Studebaker produced some of the more innovative cars of the time including the Studebaker Wagonaire that had a short run in the final three years of Studebaker. The wagonaire was a restyled Lark that had a distinctive rear roof that slid forward greatly expanding the cargo space. Studebaker advertising promoted their unique roof feature by showing families loading up in the open cargo area with kids, dogs and even a playground slide; actions that would get you pulled over nowadays!
This 1965 Wagonaire is a beautifully restored rat rod is a beautifully restored wagon that for the most part retains its original look with some nice performance upgrades. The Studebaker is listed on Ebay and located in Ferndale, Washington.
The bright yellow was not a factory color but it does give a bit of a clue that this is not a stock Studebaker. Chevrolet based engines were use in Studebakers in the final two years with 230 straight sixes and 283 V8’s as the options. The seller of this Studebaker installed a 1967 327 285HP Chevy engine with an Offenhauser intake manifold and an Edelbrock carburetor, rams horn exhaust manifolds and a complete new duel exhaust with Flow-master mufflers. GM 11 inch disc brakes are also among the many performance upgrades listed.
The body restoration was extensive with the body being disassembled and stripped down to bare metal. Any rust spots were cut out and replaced with new metal. All the chrome and stainless were either replaced or buffed. Amazingly the interior seats and door panels are original.