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Studebaker Commander Series

Model Year: 1966

Location of Manufacture: Hamilton, Ontario

View of the front passenger area

Front passenger area

The 1966 Studebaker, equipped with modern amenities such as automatic transmission, "Meridian" pattern upholstery and a radio, could comfortably seat three adults in the front.

Studebaker Automotive Sales Corporation.
Canada Science and Technology Museum Collection

View of the back seat

Rear passenger seating

The back seat could also accommodate three adults.

View of the Studebaker brand mark


The stylized 'S' of Studebaker, as it appeared on the 1966 Commander.

Notice announcing the end of Studebaker car production - published in the Montreal Gazette, March 21, 1966.

Notice announcing the end of Studebaker car production

Montreal Gazette
21 March 1966

It was a sad day for many when, in early 1966, Studebaker of Canada published this notice in Canadian newspapers advising the public that the company had ceased producing cars. Note the effort that was made to reassure Studebaker owners that they would be able to continue servicing their vehicles as they had before.

Studebaker of Canada Ltd

Archival photograph of the Studebaker Assembly Plant, Walkerville, Ontario, 1923-24

Studebaker Assembly Plant

Walkerville, Ontario

Studebaker, along with numerous car makers including Ford and Gray-Dort, established assembly plants in the Walkerville area, which is now part of Windsor, Ontario. By having a Canadian facility, American automakers could sell their cars in Canada and the British Empire free of the duties and taxes that would otherwise have been restrictive.

W.J. Bolton/Canada. Dept. of Manpower and Immigration/Library and Archives Canada/PA-031239