I’ve got to hand it to the Studebaker Drivers Club (www.studebakerdriversclub.com)—the organization does a great job keeping the passion for those South Bend buggies alive. We were recently in a meeting where the size of various car clubs came up and someone said that SDC had 14,000 members. According to their Website, the actual number is 12,500, but that’s still an amazing number.
Studebakers haven’t been made since the ‘60s and not very many Avantis were made after Studebaker closed its doors. Yet, the SDC has more members that the Oldsmobile Club of America or the Plymouth Club or the Pontiac Club. That’s amazing when you think about it.
We wonder what it is that makes this hobby organization so strong. Studebaker did not make as many cars as the companies we mentioned and others, but yet the collector interest in Studebakers seems very strong.
We’re guessing parts have something to do with this. It isn’t easy to find Studebaker parts at the local Auto Zone. But there must be other factors. We’re just not sure what they are. So, we’d love to hear your opinion. What do you think makes Studebaker more interesting to car collectors than other orphan brands?