Built for Frank Tracy Griswold II of Wayne PA., Millionaire, race car builder, driver and accomplished machinist.
Griswold's claim to fame was on October 2nd, 1948 winning the first, 4 Lap 6.6 mile 'Round the Gorge' Watkins Glen Junior Prix. The Griswold car also proved victorious in the 8 lap Grand Prix. The winning car was a blue 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C-2900B, one of 30 built. Griswold was the first to introduce Alfa Romeo's to the US. Griswold participated in the Indy 500 during his racing career.
The Studebaker is one-of-a-kind Derham bodied custom, built for Mrs. Griswold for her 21st birthday gift. Phaeton style bodies were no longer available from the factory. Griswold purchased a 1939 Studebaker Champion 4 door sedan and contracted Derham Body Company of Rosemont, PA to fabricate an aluminum body from the cowl back; it was completed in 1940.
An unusual feature about this car is the fact that they used a Champion model instead of a top-of-the-line President or Commander. The car was equipped with a Magneto fabricated at the Griswold MFG. Company.