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How Studebaker Works

Studebaker started in 1852 with covered wagons and horse-drawn vehicles. In 1902, Studebaker began building automobiles. Learn about the history of Studebaker and its demise in the 1960s.

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  • How Cord Cars Work

    How Cord Cars Work

    Cord produced cars for only 10 years, but they are deemed to be some of the best ever built. The man behind it all was Errett Lobban Cord. Read about the Cord company and its cars in this article. See more »

  • How Crosley Cars Work

    How Crosley Cars Work

    Crosley cars created unique models from the sporty Hotshot to the handy FarmORoad. Founder Powel Crosley, Jr. entered the auto industry in 1939. Read about the history of the now-defunct Crosley company. See more »

  • How DeSoto Cars Work

    How DeSoto Cars Work

    Prosperity seemed endless in 1928, when the fast-rising new Chrysler Corporation purchased Dodge and issued its first DeSoto. These good times were short-lived, but the DeSoto would be one of the few pre-Depression "expansion" models to survive. See more »

  • How Duesenberg Cars Work

    How Duesenberg Cars Work

    The cars built by the Duesenberg brothers are still considered among the finest ever made. With their vast experience and growing reputation in racing, the Duesenbergs built their first road car. Learn more about the fascinating run of the Duesenberg. See more »

  • How Eagle Cars Work

    How Eagle Cars Work

    Eagle was formed by Chrysler from the defunct American Motors Corporation. Chrysler inherited the right to use the Eagle name on their cars after buying AMC. Learn why Chrysler bought the name from Renault and what they did with it. See more »

  • How Edsel Cars Work

    How Edsel Cars Work

    Edsel was formed by Ford to match GM model-for-model, but by the time Edsel debuted the entire market was depressed and the medium-price segment had shriveled from 25 to 18 percent. Learn how and what it meant for Edsel. See more »

  • How Essex Cars Work

    How Essex Cars Work

    Essex manufactured cars for Hudson that were actually so well-received the name was dropped from common use. Find out why and how the Essex helped turn Hudson around. See more »

  • How Excalibur Cars Work

    How Excalibur Cars Work

    Excalibur has an exciting and turbulent history lasting more than 40 years. From the classic automobiles, to the history behind them, the Excalibur Phaeton and Excalibur Roadster are a collector's dream. Learn more about Excalibur. See more »

  • How Franklin Cars Work

    How Franklin Cars Work

    Franklin set itself apart from other automakers by using air-cooled engines and lightweight aluminum parts. Franklin was ahead of the industry by selling more sedans than open cars before 1920. Learn more about Franklin cars. See more »

  • How Frazer Cars Work

    How Frazer Cars Work

    Frazer made genuinely new post-war cars, while most automakers released redesigned prewar models. They looked good, very clean, with modest horizontal grilles, and little decorative chrome or sculptured sheet metal. Learn how this helped Frazer get started. See more »

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