1932 Studebaker Commander

The Studebaker Commander was produced for several years, representing several body style changes, and first appeared in the 1920s. The company would continue to use the name until its 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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$2-$1,400
1932 Commander
$1,700-$8,125
1932 Studebaker Commander Price Range: $1,400 - $1,700

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Studebaker
1937Ford (942,005)Chevrolet (815,375)Plymouth (566,128)
1936Ford (930,778)Chevrolet (918,278)Plymouth (520,025)
1935Ford (820,253)Chevrolet (548,215)Plymouth (350,884)36,504
1934Ford (563,921)Chevrolet (551,191)Plymouth (321,171)46,103
1933Chevrolet (486,261)Ford (334,969)Plymouth (298,557)43,024
1932Chevrolet (313,404)Ford (210,824)Plymouth (186,106)44,325
1931Chevrolet (619,554)Ford (615,455)Buick (138,965)96,173
1930Ford (1,140,710)Chevrolet (640,980)Buick (181,743)123,215
1929Ford (1,507,132)Chevrolet (1,328,605)Buick (196,104)
1928Chevrolet (1,193,212)Ford (607,592)Willys Knight (231,360)105,968
1927Chevrolet (1,001,820)Ford (367,213)Buick (255,160)17,354

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