1916 Studebaker ED-6 7 Passenger Touring- Exceptional Original Example
Studebaker was an American wagon and automobile manufacturer based in South Bend, Indiana, with a building at 1600 Broadway, Times Square, Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Founded in 1852 and incorporated in 1868 as the Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company, the firm was originally a coachbuilder, manufacturing wagons, buggies, carriages and harnesses.
Studebaker entered the automotive business in 1902 with electric vehicles and in 1904 with gasoline vehicles, all sold under the name "Studebaker Automobile Company". Until 1911, its automotive division operated in partnership with the Garford Company of Elyria, Ohio, and after 1909 with the E-M-F Company and with the Flanders Automobile Company. The first gasoline automobiles to be fully manufactured by Studebaker were marketed in August 1912. Over the next 50 years, the company established a reputation for quality, durability and reliability.
After an unsuccessful 1954 merger with Packard (the Studebaker-Packard Corporation) failed to solve chronic postwar cashflow problems, the 'Studebaker Corporation' name was restored in 1962, but the South Bend plant ceased automobile production on December 20, 1963, and the last Studebaker automobile rolled off the Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, assembly line on Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, 1966.
This very nice Ed-6 7 Passenger Touring is an exceptional Original Unrestored example with a known history. The car presents very well overall and is really the kind of Survivor that should be preserved as is versus restored. The pain is believed original to the car and is in very good condition with some paint loss noted in various areas, all of which are pictured. The interior of the car is largely original with the exception of the front seat leather, which was replaced under previous ownership. The top is awfully nice so I am going err on the side of saying that was replaced at some point in the cars history. Otherwise we have an original unrestored car with original surfaces and finishes and just lovely patina.
The car runs and drives very well and is driven in occasional parades and small local outings. The car is stored in a climate and humidity controlled museum environment.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire a truly special car-a car that has been well cared for its entire life- a treasured heirloom.