Founded in 1852 and incorporated in 1868, Studebaker was originally a producer of wagons for farmers, miners, and the military. They entered the automobile business in 1902 with electric vehicles and in 1904 with gasoline vehicles. The first gas vehicles fully manufactured by Studebaker weren't marketed until 1912.
The 1950 Champion was Studebaker"s all-time highest-production model, with more than 270,000 examples built. They featured an open top and "bullet-nose" design with an inline six-cylinder, 169 cubic inches, 80 horsepower engine.