- In 1962, Studebaker introduced the Avanti to reverse its demise.
- Unfortunately, financial problems continued.
- 1966 was Studebakers last year of production.
- This Wagonaire was the last Studebaker assembled that was sold to the public, and the next to the last one built.
- It features an automatic transmission, sliding roof, fold-down tailgate step and electric tailgate window.
Studebaker’s last year of production was 1966. Studebaker had introduced the sporty Avanti in May 1962 in an attempt to reverse its demise. However, Studebaker’s financial problems continued and in December 1963 Studebaker closed its South Bend, Indiana, plant. Production continued at Studebaker’s Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, factory until the last Studebaker was completed on March 17, 1966. It was a turquoise blue Cruiser V-8, which was shipped to the Studebaker Historical Collection in South Bend, Indiana.
The Museum’s Wagonaire was the last Studebaker assembled that was sold to the public, and the next to the last one built. The Wagonaire Station Wagon, first introduced in January 1963, was made into a distinctive line of its own for 1966. Because of the financial condition of the company, design changes were strictly limited to trim alterations and a realignment of the model offerings. There were four model names; Commander, Wagonaire, Daytona and Cruiser. All models were available with a 6-cylinder or a V-8 engine.
This Wagonaire has the new 6-cylinder Super Skybolt 230 cubic inch engine that was introduced specifically for optional use in models with automatic transmissions. The Wagonaire was offered with either a sliding roof, such as on this vehicle, or fixed roof, both with a luggage rack on top, fold-down tailgate step and electric tailgate window.