When it comes to discontinued and almost forgotten American car brands, Studebaker is my favorite by far. “Why?” you ask. Well, it’s mostly because Studebakers from the 1950s and 1960s looked unique compared to all the other American cars from the era. And the Indiana-based company also rolled out a few innovative features and cars. Oh yeah, I also have to admit I have a soft spot for defunct U.S. carmakers that had the guts to tackle Ford, GM, and Chrysler.
All told, I get all excited when I stumble across Studebaker survivors on the Interwebz. If you’re also a fan of the company founded by the Studebaker brothers in the 1800s, the videos below will take you on an emotional roller coaster. The good news is that you’ll see what might have been the largest hoard of Studebakers in a junkyard. The bad news is that almost all of them got crushed.
There’s no backstory as to how so many Studebakers were gathered in one place, but it’s safe to assume that the previous owner of this junkyard had a thing for the brand. He probably hoarded so many of them hoping that he would start some sort of business selling parts. Things likely didn’t go as planned so all these cars were left to rot away.
Unfortunately, these classic beauties spent a few good decades completely exposed to the elements, so most of them were beyond salvageable. And that makes me sad because this “collection” used to include quite a few appealing models from the 1940s to the 1960s.
The old junkyard was home to a large number of Lark compacts, but it also included several Champions, Commanders, and even President sedans.