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1940 Studebaker Champion

History

Production of the Studebaker Champion began in 1939 and continued for nearly twenty years, ending in 1958 when it was replaced by the Studebaker Lark. The Studebaker Champion was a very important model because at the time of its introduction the Studebaker Company was entered receivership. The Great Depression had taken its toll on the company and nearly forced it out of business. The success of the Studebaker Champion would determine the future of the Studebaker Company.

This was a new model for Studebaker. The design was new and did not borrow from any of its sibling automobiles; it was simple and clean. It was the work of Raymond Loewy. The selected amenities and components were appropriate. They had been chosen after doing research into what the public most desired in an automobile. Thought and planning continued into the automotive components which were rather advanced, from an engineering standpoint. Under the hood was a pushrod engine that provided suitable power to the very lightweight automobile. It was given awards by Mobilgas for its superior fuel economy. During World War II when fuel was rationed, the popularity of the Studebaker Champion was highly sought after.

The Studebaker Champion carried a sticker price of just $660 at the close of the 1930's. This very low price made the vehicle even more attractive and would go on to become one of the best-selling models for the Studebaker Company.

A new design was being prepared for 1947. In 1946 the Champion carried the same bodyshell as those of the pre-war Champions. They were designated Skyway Champion models.

A very low-priced Champion model was introduced in 1957 called the Champion Scotsman. The vehicle was void of any extra amenities and all that was left was the bare essentials. The purpose of the vehicle was to give customers a low-cost alternative and to better compete with the larger Automobile Manufacturers who were offering the same type of vehicle at a very low cost.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2006

1940 Vehicle Profiles

1940 Studebaker Champion vehicle information

Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: Derham

Built for Frank Tracy Griswold II of Wayne PA., Millionaire, race car builder, driver and accomplished machinist.....[continue reading]

1940 Studebaker Champion vehicle information

Custom Coupe

The Champion was Studebaker's best-seller in 1940. Studebaker's successful 1939 Champion featured only minor improvements for 1940, including sealed-beam headlights and an interior hood release. Over 60,000 Champions were built for 1940. Power was su....[continue reading]

Dual Cowl Phaeton by Derham
 
Custom Coupe
 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

1940 Champion
$803-$6,300
1940 Studebaker Champion Price Range: $700 - $803

Other 1940 Studebaker Models

Champion

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
33,905
110.00 in.
6 cyl., 164.00 CID., 78.00hp
$700 - $813
66,264
110.00 in.
6 cyl., 169.60 CID., 80.00hp
$700 - $803
84,910
110.00 in.
6 cyl., 169.60 CID., 80.00hp
$700 - $900
29,678
110.00 in.
6 cyl., 170.00 CID., 80.00hp
$745 - $840

Industry Production

#1#2#3Studebaker
1945Volkswagen (12,852)
1942Chevrolet (254,885)Ford (160,432)Plymouth (152,427)50,678
1941Chevrolet (1,008,976)Ford (691,455)Plymouth (522,080)
1940Chevrolet (764,616)Ford (541,896)Plymouth (430,208)107,185
1939Chevrolet (577,278)Ford (487,031)Plymouth (423,850)85,834
1938Chevrolet (465,158)Ford (410,263)Plymouth (285,704)5,474
1937Chevrolet (815,375)Ford (765,933)Plymouth (566,128)82,627
1936Ford (930,778)Chevrolet (918,278)Plymouth (520,025)
1935Ford (820,253)Chevrolet (548,215)Plymouth (350,884)36,504

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