Studebaker National Museum Opens Prototype Exhibit

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Studebaker National Museum recently opened a new exhibit entitled “What Might Have Been: Prototypes” in its special exhibit gallery. The display will be shown until Sept. 15, 2008, exhibiting seldom-seen vehicles featuring alternative designs, radical styling and experimental engineering. Featured are design proposals and prototypes from the 1950s and 1960s that possibly could have been the Studebakers of the future.

Prototype Studebaker cars and art, such as this Champion, will be in a new display at the Studebaker museum.

    Three Brook Stevens prototypes will be featured: the 1964 Wagonaire proposal, 1965 sedan and the Sceptre show car of the 1960s. The Sceptre was expected to usher in a new generation of Studebakers with its impressive, futuristic design. It would have been the most modern car on the road in 1966, the year it was planned to go into production.

    Other prototypes on display include the 1956 Packard Predictor, a 1954 styling proposal from Robert Bourke, a 1964 Avanti four-door proposal and a behind-the-scenes look at the 1947 Studebaker woodie wagon prototype restoration.

    In conjunction with the “What Might Have Been: Prototypes” exhibit, the museum will be conducting a design contest. Original design submissions must be completed by Aug. 4 for consideration.  For further information about the contest, contact Tony Smith at 574-235-9714 or

For more information, call the museum at 574-235-9714 or 888-391-5600, or go to