If These Cars Could Talk: 1915 Studebaker

Join us for an in-depth look at the many automobiles in our collection and discover their part in our history. If These Cars Could Talk is a monthly program offered by museum staff for free to the public on the first Saturday of each month.

In 1915 Studebakers were manufactured in Detroit by the Studebaker Corporation.  The body for this car was made in South Bend and shipped to Detroit for final assembly.  No closed cars were offered by Studebaker in 1915.  The four-cylinder cars were offered in roadster and touring car form, such as the one shown here.  Note the gasoline filler cap located at the right hand of the instrument panel.  This seems like an odd location, but in 1915, cars were often filled from gas cans.  This location made for easy filling without having to reach over the cowl.

This 1915 Studebaker Model SD touring car features a 30-horsepower, four-cylinder engine.  This car has a 108-inch wheelbase and originally sold for $985.  Total production of four-cylinder Studebakers in 1915 was 24,869.  Only a handful of Studebakers from this era have survived.

This presentation will be held in the museum galleries next to the car from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm on Saturday, November 5, 2022 and is offered to all patrons for free with museum admission. For more information, including the specific location of the presentation, please call ahead at 260-925-1444 or see an associate at the admission desk.