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1941 Studebaker Commander news, pictures, specifications, and information
Designer: Raymond Loewy
The largest and most luxurious of the Raymond Loewy-styled Studebakers in the years before World War II, priced in Buick Century and Chrysler Windsor territory. A smooth L-head straight eight delivering 117 horsepower. The Landcruiser was produced in South Bend, IN. The first Studebaker Landcruiser debuted at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. Studebaker introduced the ultra-luxurious Skyward Land Cruiser which featured a slightly curved single pane windshield, rear fender skirts and premium details and fabrics.
Designer: Raymond Loewy
Chassis Num: H141172
Sold for $20,900 at 2010 RM Auctions.
Sold for $29,700 at 2013 RM Auctions.
In the early 1930s, Studebaker was on the verge of bankruptcy following a failed merger with the White Motor Company. In early 1933, the company entered receivership. After a massive reorganization, including the divestment of Pierce-Arrow and the termination of the low-priced Rockne line, the company returned to viability. Along with a successful $10 million advertising campaign engineered by new company president Paul G. Hoffman in 1934, Studebaker returned to prosperity. Soon, the company again became America's top independent automaker. With the help of Raymond Loewy, the cars received thoroughly modern styling that included a lower, wider stance, eliminated running boards, inclined die-cast side grilles, an enlarged greenhouse and air vents within the sides of the cowl. The headroom was maintained though the cars were lower in their overall height. All of the Studebakers featured wider, more comfortable seats.

This Commander sedan is a former AACA award-winning example. It was given a comprehensive restoration and includes exterior accessories as period-style amber fog lamps and a spotlight. The blue and white two-tone interior includes an AM radio, a three-spoke steering wheel, seat belts with Studebaker logos, and a heater/defroster.

In 2010, this Studebaker Commander Sedan was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook where it was estimated to sell for $10,000 - $15,000 an offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car was sold for the sum of $20,900 including buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2010
The Studebaker Commander was produced for several years, representing several bodystyle changes, and first appeared in the 1920s. The company would continue to use the name until their demise in 1966. There were only a few years where the Commander did not appear in Studebaker's line-up during that time; those were in 1936 and 1959-1963.

When the name first appeared in 1927, it was Studebaker's middle-series. As the years progress, it would move up and down market, often changing positions from year to year. The name would continue until it was dropped in 1935, only to reappear in 1937 where it served as the company's least expensive model, taking the place of the previous Studebaker Dictator. The company had decided to do away with the 'Dictator' name, due to the negative political connectors associated with the name. Mainly, Adolf Hitler in Germany had tainted the word 'dictator.'

The Commander moved up-market in 1939 when Studebaker introduced the Champion model. After the Second World War, Studebaker dropped its President moniker, and repositioned the Commander in its place. At the same time, Studebaker introduced an extended wheelbase model known as the Land Cruiser.

The President name reappeared in 1955; the President model became the premium model range and the Commander was demoted to the mid-range model. The name would continue until 1958 and reappear in 1963 for the 1964 model range. It was positioned next to the lowest-priced Lark model and above the entry-level Challenger model.

By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2008
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