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John M. Studebaker: Wagon and Automobile Pioneer (Titans of Fortune) by Daniel Alef
(Titans of Fortune Publishing; Santa Barbera, CA; 2010)

Less of a book and more of a long multimedia article, this overview of John Mohler Studebaker's life is perfect for students writing a term paper or for the new Studebaker fan.

Out of the five Studebaker brothers, John was the driving force in building Studebaker's wagon business. He was instrumental in Studebaker's transition from manufacturing horse-driven wagons and carriages to making automobiles.

Keep in mind: this book is digital only. You can download it to your Amazon Kindle. You can also download it through the Kindle app on your iPad or other tablet device.

Digital (Kindle Edition), $2.84

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Studebaker 1933-1942 Photo Archive by Howard L. Applegate
(Iconografix; Osceola, WI; 1995)

Author Howard Applegate mines the archives for factory photographs of Studebaker cars made from the darkest days of the Great Depression right on up to the abbreviated model year of 1942 when all car production was halted after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Paperback, Used: from $16.44

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Studebaker Trucks: 1927-1940 Photo Archive by Howard L. Applegate
(Iconografix; Osceola, WI; 1996)

This is the first of two Studey truck books by Howard Applegate. It mostly covers Studebaker commercial trucks. Applegate combines factory, publicity, and private collection photos to visually tell the story of Studebaker trucks from the end of the Jazz Age up to the beginning of World War II.

Highlights include the 1928 custom-bodied paddy wagon, the Paramount trucks with cameras mounted on the back, and the handsome 1937-40 Coupe Express pickup trucks.

Paperback, New: $29.95

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Studebaker Trucks: 1941-1964 Photo Archive by Howard L. Applegate
(Iconografix; Osceola, WI; 1995)

Might as well call it "Volume 2" of Howard Applegate's Studebaker truck series.

This volume covers the full range of trucks made by Studebaker until the end. It includes some photos of Studebaker's World War II military vehicles.

(Embarrassing self-disclosure: I'm a total sucker for the 1960-64 Studebaker Champ pickups.)


Paperback, Used: from $13.99
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More Than They Promised: The Studebaker Story by Thomas E. Bonsall
(Stanford University Press; Stanford, CA; 2000)

This book truly is The Studebaker Story. It covers all things and people Studebaker from 1736-1991. (That first year is when a Studebaker arrived in America. That last year covers the production of the Avanti II up to the point when the book was published.)

For the compleat Studebaker fan and historian.

Hardcover, New: $38.47

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Studebaker: the Complete Story by William A. Cannon and Fred K. Fox
(Tab Books; Blue Ridge Summit, PA; 1981)

An easy and fun read with tons of photos + specifications.

Hardcover, Used: from $64.95
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My Father, the Car: Memoirs of My Life with Studebaker by Stu Chapman
(MT Publishing; Evansville, IN; 2009)

Stu Chapman is the last surviving member of Studebaker's senior management. He was Studebaker's Director of Advertising and Public Relations for Studebaker Canada in Hamilton, Ontario.

Stu vividly recounts how a handful of hopeful employees struggled to keep Studebaker in the automobile business while its Board of Directors quietly worked to shut it down. A wonderful first-person account of Studebaker's final years in the automobile business from 1963 to 1966.

Spoiler Alert: everybody's favorite villain, Richard Nixon, makes an appearance in this book!

Not sure if you're ready to buy? Check out the podcast we did with Stu in 2009.

Paperback, New: $19.95

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Studebaker Haws & Larks Limited Edition Premier by R. M. Clark (compiler)
(Brooklands Books LTD; Cobham, Surrey, England; 2008)

The story of Studebaker's Hawks & Larks is told through 47 international articles covering the period 1956 to 1966. Included are road & comparison tests, new model intros, driver reports plus a history of the cars. Models covered: Golden & Silver Hawks, Lark VI, VIII, Daytona, Wagonaire, Cruiser, Gran Turismo & Packard Hawk. With 160 fully illustrated pages.

Paperback, New: from $25.04

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Studebaker Ultimate Portfolio: 1946-1966 by R.M. Clarke (compiler)
(Brooklands Books LTD; Cobham, Surrey, England; 2009)

A portfolio of over seventy articles published in vintage car magazines tracing the ups & downs of the last twenty years of Studebaker production. Included are road & comparison tests, new model releases & consumer analyses. Models covered: Champion, Land Cruiser, Conestoga, Commander, Starliner, President, Speedster, Hawk, Lark, Avanti, Cruiser & Daytona.

Paperback, New: $25.81
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Studebaker: The Life and Death of an American Corporation by Donald Critchlow
(Indiana University Press; Bloomington, IN; 1996)

Crichtlow's book examines Studebaker as a corporate entity. This is not a book about the cars as much as it is about the company, its attitude toward its workers and how much it valued tradition.

This book is now out of print. Used copies are available at different prices from a variety of vendors.

Paperback, Used: from $32.50

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The Hemmings Motor News Book of Studebakers by Terry Ehrich (Editor) and Richard Lentinello (editor)
(Hemmings Motor News; Bennington, VT; Bloomington, IN; 2000)

I haven't had a chance to check out this book. However, if it's like other Hemmings titles, it contains a collection of Studebaker articles that Hemmings has published over the years up to the year 2000. (The fact that the authors are listed as editors is a pretty good tipoff.)

Paperback, Used: from $48.70

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Studebaker: The Complete History by Patrick Foster
(Motorbooks; Minneapolis, MN; 2008)

AMC historian Patrick Foster tells the story of Studebaker's rise, fall, rise, fall, and final ker-plop in 1966. Includes an in-depth analysis of Studebaker's Great Depression plunge into bankruptcy and re-emergence. Extensive use of the company's annual corporate reports. Features classic publicity stills from the 1950's and 60's.

Hardcover, New: $29.20

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The Studebaker Century: A National Heritage by Asa E. Hall & Richard Langworth
(Motorbooks International; Minneapolis, MN; 1983---also, Dragonwyck Publishing; New Hampshire; 1983)

I have not read this book, but I'll tell you three things:

1) Asa Hall was a hugely respected Studebaker fan, especially in the area of Studebaker trucks. (He died in 2004.)
2) Richard Langworth was involved in this book. He's the best automotive historian I've ever read.
3) This book went through FIVE printings over the years. (Most automotive histories go through one printing, and then they're done.)

If I was going to buy a gift for a brand new Studebaker fan who wanted to learn about the company and its cars, this book would be one of my top three choices.


Hardcover, Used: from $22.00

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Studebaker 1946-1966: The Classic Postwar Years by Richard Langworth
(Motorbooks International; Minneapolis, MN; 1993)

Richard Langworth is my favorite automotive historian. He's easy to read. He stays on topic. He always tells great stories.

And here's another great story. This is the story of Studebaker as it rolled out of World War II, fat and happy. We all know how the story ends, but there are some great cars to look at as Langworth details Studebaker's end. Starlight coupes, Hawks, Larks, Avantis, and enough compelling detail to tell you what happened without taking an amateur's deep (and tedious) dive down the rabbit hole.

Hardcover, Used: from $53.00

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Industrial Design by Raymond Loewy
(Overlook TP; New York, NY; 2007)

In this - the last book that he wrote before his death in 1986 - Raymond Loewy discusses and illustrates some of the iconic work that he did for Studebaker.

Look for great photos of the 1939 Champion, the 1953 Starlight Coupe, and, of course, the Avanti.

Some people diminish Loewy's role as a designer in Studebaker's later years. It's true that other people may have developed the design's for which he took credit. But make no mistake: management sets the tone. And when Loewy was the design boss, he knew what he liked and how to get the best from the people he hired.

His work, of which there are plenty of visual testaments in this book, stands as proof of his enormous talent and influence on Studebaker.

Softcover, Used: $32.85

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A Century on Wheels: The Story of Studebaker, a History (1852-1952) by Stephen Longstreet
(Henry Holt, & Co.; New York, NY; 1952)

This vintage history was written to commemorate Studebaker's centennial celebration in 1952. Expect more corporate PR than an objective history of the company. Still, it's an interesting collectible and still somewhat widely available.

Hardcover, Vintage: from $7.75
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Studebaker Cars by James H. Moloney
(Motorbooks International; Minneapolis, MN; 1994)

Motorbooks International published this Crestline Series title in 1994. It's a pictorial history of Studebaker featuring black and white photographs chronicling Studebaker from 1852 to 1966. The stories of each year are told mainly through the photos.

Hardcover, New: from $60.00

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Studebaker Hawk: 1956-1964 Photo Archive by Ed Reynolds
(Iconografix; Hudson, WI; 2003)

Flite Hawks, Power Hawks, Golden Hawks, Silver Hawks, Packard Hawks, Gran Turismo Hawks. Even regular old "Hawk" Hawks. This book has pictures of them all.

Author Ed Reynolds' father worked in Studebaker Engineering. As a kid, Ed got to visit the Studebaker Proving Grounds and ride in many of the prototypes pictured in this book. Insightful captions that accompany the text really help you understand where these cars fit into the Studebaker timeline.

Coverage is spotty from 1962-64. However, unless you're at a Studebaker National Meet, this is some of the best Hawkspotting you'll ever do.

Softcover, Used: from $69.90

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Studebaker Lark: 1959-1966 Photo Archive by Ed Reynolds
(Iconografix; Hudson, WI; 2003)

The Lark saved Studebaker from a financial meltdown when it debuted in 1959. This book is a great photo album of Lark publicity stills. It also features helpful captions.

This is a great book to help you remember that, once upon a time, cars were simpler. (Not people, mind you. There's never a time when they were easy to fix. But a Studebaker Lark? Yeah.)

Paperback, New: from $29.95

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Ab & Marvin Jenkins: The Studebaker Connection and the Mormon Meteors by Gordon E. White
(Iconografix; Hudson, WI; 2006)

This fact-crammed book chronicles Ab Jenkins, who drove for Studebaker in speedway and road races during the late 1920's and early 30's. Then he took a Pierce-Arrow roadster to Bonneville, Utah, for the first-ever timed run on the Salt Flats. His 112 mile an hour record for 24 hours made him world-famous. In 1935 the Duesenberg Company converted one of its supercharged luxury cars into "The Mormon Meteor" for him to race at Bonneville.

It's also the story of his son Marvin, who drove the Novi Indianapolis race car and set Class D records in 1947.

Meticulously researched with lots and lots and lots of previously unpublished photos.

Paperback, New: from $23.99
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Studebaker and the Railroads-Volume 1 by Jan Young
(Lulu.com; 2009)

Studebaker and the Railroads is a history of the Studebaker Corporation and of the railroads that served it in and around the city of South Bend, Indiana. Both Studebaker and the railroads of northern Indiana have extensive and dramatic histories and there are many connections between the two. Studebaker lovers and railfans will equally enjoy the stories and facts reported.

Divided into two volumes, Studebaker and the Railroads comprises over four hundred fifty pages and contains over three hundred fifty photographs, drawings, maps and diagrams. Volume 1 covers Studebaker and the steam railroads that once decorated South Bend.

Paperback, New: from $29.95

Book cover of "Studebaker and the Railroads-Volume 2" by Jan Young
Studebaker and the Railroads-Volume 2 by Jan Young
(Lulu.com; 2009)

Studebaker and the Railroads is a history of the Studebaker Corporation and of the railroads that served it in and around the city of South Bend, Indiana. Both Studebaker and the railroads of northern Indiana have extensive and dramatic histories and there are many connections between the two. Studebaker lovers and railfans will equally enjoy the stories and facts reported.

Volume 2 covers the extensive electric railroad history of the area and includes a history of Studebaker's private in-plant railroad, the Chicago & South Bend, together with additional topics linking Studebaker and railroading. Both volumes feature detailed indexes. Volume 2 includes an extensive bibliography, numerous maps, and corporate history charts.

Paperback, New: from $27.95

Book cover of "The Studebaker History Corner" by Jan Young
The Studebaker History Corner by Jan Young
(Lulu.com; 2009)

The Studebaker History Corner is a collection of anecdotes and short stories covering the entire span of Studebaker’s history from 1852 through 1966. Including both the famous and the obscure, it provides perspective, adds detail to existing histories, and entertains with facts you haven’t heard before, accompanied by authenticated and corrected versions of some of the stories you most likely have heard.

Paperback, New: from $19.95

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