Local Studebaker experts hold question and answer panel

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

SOUTH BEND In the city known for the Studebaker, the "best of the best" matched their wits Wednesday at the Studebaker National Museum.

The museum hosted a fun question and answer panel called Stump the Studebaker Experts.

Four panelists attempted to answer any questions from the crowd.

Most of the questions revolved around what the automotive maker did right and wrong, and eventually what lead to their demise.

"Really, the amazing thing is that they lasted as long as they did, when you think about it," explained Richard Quinn, Studebaker National Museum archivist. "The oldest vehicle manufactured in the world, they were 114 years old."

Another question contemplated: would Studebaker still be around if it had merged with American Motors?

All of the panelists admitted that it's hard to tell, but they did say there wasn't one single factor that led to the closure of the Studebaker plants.

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