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1941-1942 Studebaker Commander and President


1941-1942 Studebaker Commander and President Selected Specifications

The Commander and President marked a return to greatness for Studebaker, which had been in serious financial trouble in the 1930s. These models could have gone on to be very successful, if World War II hadn't halted auto production for four years. Here selected specifications for the 1941-1942 Studebaker Commander and President.

1942 Studebaker interior
The luxurious 1942 models were built with
comfort -- and ample passenger room -- in mind.

1941 Studebaker Commander (119-inch wheelbase)


Weight (lbs.)
Price (new)
Number built
Custom Sedan Coupe
3,160
$990
2,350
Custom Cruising Sedan
3,210
$1,010
14,901
Custom Land Cruiser
3,230
$1,055
5,288
Delux-Tone Cruising Sedan
3,225
$1,075
3,759
Delux-Tone Land Cruiser
3,245
$1,120
4,428
Skyway Sedan
Coupe
3,200
$1,080
2,845
Skyway Cruising Sedan
3,240
$1,100
3,924
Skyway Land Cruiser
3,260
$1,130
4,582
Total


42,077*

1941 Studebaker President (124.5-inch wheelbase)


Weight (lbs.)
Price (new)
Number built
Custom Cruising Sedan
3,450
$1,140
1,367
Custom Land Cruiser
3,475
$1,185
903
Delux-Tone Cruising Sedan
3,475
$1,205
923
Delux-Tone Land Cruiser
3,500
$1,250
1,622
Skyway Sedan Coupe
3,440
$1,210
477
Skyway Cruising Sedan
3,500
$1,230
538
Skyway Land Cruiser
3,520
$1,260
1,251
Total


7,081*

1942 Studebaker Commander (119-inch wheelbase)


Weight (lbs.)
Price (new)
Number built
Custom Sedan Coupe
3,195
$1,025
1,207
Custom Cruising Sedan
3,265
$1,045
3,003
Custom Land Cruiser
3,290
$1,080
1,300
Deluxstyle Sedan Coupe
3,210
$1,070
1,001
Deluxstyle Criusing Sedan
3,280
$1,090
1,856
Deluxstyle Land Cruiser
3,305
$1,125
1,404
Skyway Sedan Coupe
3,240
$1,105
1,855
Skyway Cruising Sedan
3,300
$1,125
3,202
Skyway Land Cruiser
3,315
$1,160
2,704
Total


17,532*

1942 Studebaker President (124.5-inch wheelbase)


Weight (lbs.)
Price (new)
Number built
Custom Sedan Coupe
3,440
$1,141
47
Custom Cruising Sedan
3,485
$1,161
126
Custom Land Cruiser
3,510
$1,196
84
Deluxstyle Sedan Coupe
3,455
$1,186
89
Deluxstyle Criusing Sedan
3,500
$1,206
286
Deluxstyle Land Cruiser
3,515
$1,241
367
Skyway Sedan Coupe
3,470
$1,221
469
Skyway Cruising Sedan
3,540
$1,241
841
Skyway Land Cruiser
3,540
$1,276
1,212
Total


3,521*
*Series totals are tabulated from the number of bodies produced. The actual number of complete cars produced was somewhat lower. Sources: Encyclopedia of American Cars, by the Auto Editors of Consumer GuideĀ®, Publications International, Ltd., 2002; Studebaker corporate records.

1941-42 Studebaker Commander and President: Selected Specifications

General


Commander
President
Wheelbase (inches)
119
124.5
Overall length (inches)
205.75 (1941),
210.25 (1942)
211.25 (1941),
215.75 (1942)
Overall height (inches)
67.5
68
Tread, front/rear (inches)
58.25/60.31
58.13/60.31
Ground clearance (inches)
7.83
7.83
Fuel tank (gallons)
18
18
Construction layout
front-engine, rear-wheel drive
front-engine, rear-wheel drive
Type
body on frame
body on frame
Frame
double-drop steel with partial box-section side rails, straight X-member
double-drop steel with partial box-section side rails, straight X-member
Body material
steel
steel

Engine


Commander
President
Type
inline L-head six-cylinder
inline L-head eight-cylinder
Material
cast-iron block and head
cast-iron block and head
Bore and stroke (inches)
3.31x4.38
3.06x4.25
Displacement (cubic inches)
226.2
250.4
Horsepower @ rpm
96 @ 3,600
117 @ 3,800
Torque @ rpm
176 @ 1,600
200 @ 2,400
Compression ratio 6.5:1
6.5:1
Main bearings
4
9
Carburetor
2-barrel Stromberg downdraft
2-barrel Stromberg downdraft
Valve lifters
mechanical
mechanical
Electrical system
6-volt, positive ground
6-volt, positive ground
Clutch type
single dry plate
single dry plate
Clutch actuation
mechanical, foot pedal
mechanical, foot pedal

Driveline


Commander
President
Transmission
3-speed manual*, synchromesh on second and third gears, column-mounted shifter
3-speed manual*, synchromesh on second and third gears, column-mounted shifter
Differential
hypoid, semifloating with Hotchkiss drive
hypoid, semifloating with Hotchkiss drive
Final-drive ratio
4.55:1*
4.55:1*

* Standard. Transmission options included overdrive and, for 1942, Turbo-matic three-speed semiautomatic. The final-drive ratio with overdrive was 3.48:1.

Suspension

Front
independent, planar, with transverse leaf spring enclosed
in grease-packed metal cover, Houdaille lever shock absorbers
Spring leaves
17 (Commander); 19 (President)
Rear
solid axle, 8-leaf semielliptic springs enclosed in
grease-packed metal cover, Houdaille lever shock absorbers

Steering and Brakes


Commander
President
Steering type
symmetrical direct-action linkage with variable-ratio gear
symmetrical direct-action linkage with variable-ratio gear
Ratio (feet)
25.5:1 to 33:1
25.5:1 to 33:1
Turning circle
43
46.5
Brake type
4-wheel hydraulic, cast-iron drums
4-wheel hydraulic, cast-iron drums
Drum diameter (inches)
11
11
Total swept area (square inches)
150
169

Tires and Wheels


Commander
President
Tire size
6.25x16
7.00x16 (1941),
7.00x15 (1942)
Wheels
steel disc
steel disc

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