1954 Studebaker Commander

History

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

1954 Vehicle Profiles

1954 Studebaker Commander vehicle information

Regal Station Wagon

1954 was a milestone year for Studebaker, as the company merged with the Packard Motor Car Company in June to become the Studebaker-Packard Corporation.....[continue reading]

1954 Studebaker Commander vehicle information

Deluxe Starlight Coupe

The Studebaker Commander Starlight Coupe, designed by Raymond Loewy in 1954, was the first all-new Studebaker since 1947. Although it had a relatively old-fashioned V8 engine beneath its hood, the low-slung European design was far ahead of its time. ....[continue reading]

Regal Station Wagon
 
Deluxe Starlight Coupe
 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

1954 Commander
$2,555-$18,050
1954 Studebaker Commander Price Range: $1,980 - $2,555

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Studebaker
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)126,156
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)44,759
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)63,101
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Meteor (1,408,478)69,593
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)116,333
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)68,708
1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)151,576
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)167,662
1951Chevrolet (1,229,986)Ford (1,013,381)Plymouth (611,000)246,195
1950Chevrolet (1,498,590)Ford (1,208,912)Plymouth (610,954)320,884
1949Ford (1,118,308)Chevrolet (1,010,013)Plymouth (520,385)129,301

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