1938 Studebaker State Commander

The 1938 Studebaker State Commander was powered by a six-cylinder, L-head engine that displaced 226 cubic-inches and offered 90 horsepower. It had a three-speed synchromesh manual gearbox with floor mounted gearshift controls and a single-disc dry plate clutch. It was available was a custom coupe, club sedan, crown sedan, or a convertible sedan. Pricing ranged from $965 - $1375.

The State Commander was similar to the base Commander except it had the President-style headlamps. Standard equipment included all the base Commander options plus deluxe steering wheels, twin horns and Hill-Holer.

The styling was smooth and stylish. They had dual wipers and divided windshields, safety glass, and planar suspension. Inside, there was a speedometer, engine thermometer, Borg clock, and Casco cigar lighter. The car rode on two-way Houde shock absorbers, and rode on Budd steel disc wheels.

By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2011

Related Reading : Studebaker Commander History

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 Studebakers line-up during that time those were in 1936 and 1959-1963. When the name first appeared in 1927, it was Studebakers....
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1938 State Commander
1938 Studebaker State Commander Price Range: $965 - $1,365

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116.50 in.
6 cyl., 226.00 CID., 90.00hp
$965 - $1,365
113.00 in., 119.00 in.
8 cyl., 250.00 CID., 117.00hp
$11 - $1,250

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