1935 Studebaker Dictator.

March 22, 2015



Tony Piff said...

my god that thing looks driveable. i would do it. i really would.

love these pictures.

clifton.ra said...

The 1934-1939 Studebaker President Eight marked the continuation of Studebaker's top-of-the-line series, which was increasingly streamlined through the late 1930s, gaining pontoon fenders and rounded grillework but retaining a crisp, individual appearance.
Warner overdrive and "planar" independent front suspension came in 1935 (transverse leaf spring with upper/lower links and rotary shocks); "Hill Holder" (a device that prevented the car from rolling backwards when the clutch was depressed) was added in 1936. Automatic choke, vacuum-assisted brakes, rotary door latches, and all-steel bodies also arrived in late '30s.

The Studebaker President Eight was restyled by Raymond Loewy in 1938, and from that point they just kept getting better, with a prow-front motif and flush headlamps. All Presidents in this period were powered by Studebaker's 250-cid L-head eight with up to 115 horsepower, which was more than adequate.

Pluses of the 1934-1939 Studebaker President Eight:

Superb road performer
High quality and style
Huge array of bodies, including the "Year Ahead" streamliners, beginning July 1934
Minuses of the 1934-1939 Studebaker President Eight:

Not nearly as widely recognized and sought after as earlier Presidents
Production of the 1934 Studebaker President Eight:

Production of the 1935 Studebaker President Eight:

Production of the 1936 Studebaker President Eight:

Production of the 1937 Studebaker President Eight:

Production of the 1938 Studebaker President Eight:

Production of the 1939 Studebaker President Eight:

Specifications of the 1934-1939 Studebaker President Eight:
Wheelbase, inches: 123.0 (1934); 124.0 (1935); 125.0 (1936-1937); 122.0 (1938-1939)
Length, inches: NA
Weight, pounds: 3,300-3,970
Price, new: $1,015-$1,555

Engines for the 1934-1939 Studebaker President Eight:

Type Size
sv I-8 250.0 cid

clifton.ra said...

My 2015 calendar has March with a Graham Hollywood.
My dad had a story about his brother-in-law who owned a Hollywood.
The car was low for that era, and he had to cut off the post in the floor at his garage door apron. The low floor post secured the barn style wooden doors from swinging in on his carriage house.

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RoadmasterMike said...

Imagine the hubris to sell a car named the Dictator, even in 1935. Especially in 1935.

Love the detail shots; the Triple A sticker, the hood ornament. Could a '35 Stude even DO 100mph? In Georgia Overdrive, maybe...

Anonymous said...

Tremendous Photo Suite. Kudos, excellent work.

Truly a wonderful accomplishment.

Justin said...

Those detail shots of the Triple A sticker and the little cloth strap are beautiful.

Tramontine said...

Terrific spot, terrific site. Most of this prewar stuff can only be seen in a museum or sadly, converted to a streetrod. Studebaker deep sixed the Dictator name in favor of Commander because of the goings on overseas at the time.