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Posted By: David Holcombe
Posted On: Sunday March 10, 2019 at 12:58 PM
I did just a little digging, and came up with this interesting Studebaker one-off in Hemmings: (pic

(from HEMMINGS DAILY) Studebaker had apparently come close to putting the woodie into production, going so far as to supply photos to LIFE magazine for its 1947 model year sneak-peek. LIFE wrote that a postwar “lumber scarcity” held up production, but that it would indeed appear on dealers’ lots once the shortage ended. Studebaker Drivers Club sources note that the woodie, designed by Virgil Exner and based on a Champion chassis, but dolled up to resemble a Commander, would have cost too much in tooling to put into production. Whatever the reason, Studebaker officials never approved it. Instead, they let a sales rep drive it to Studebaker dealerships throughout the country before they sent the woodie to the woods in the mid-Fifties.
(But I'm still looking for that Studebaker car hauler.)

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Link to a neat early 50s Studebaker car hauler photo by Ken Smith #25523
Must be the South Bend factory? (EOM) by Karl Schnelle #25523.1
I did just a little digging, and came up with this interesting Studebaker one-off in Hemmings: (pic by David Holcombe #25523.1.1
Found a little more. (PIC) by David Holcombe #25523.1.1.1
more photos... by Karl Schnelle #25523.
Here's one from Karl's source. (pic) by David Holcombe #25523.
Studie Woodie? -pic by Karl Schnelle #25523.1.1.2
The woody wagon was modeled by Route 66 a few years ago and is in my collection. (EOM) by Bob Jackman #25523.
Here's the model: by Harvey Goranson #25523.
Thanks, Bob & Harvey. Very interesting. (EOM) by David Holcombe #25523.
More, this time pictures from the Shrock Brothers. (pics) by David Holcombe #25523.1.1.3
I went to the Shrock Brothers home site and found their list of 1:43 models. Here's a few: (pics) by David Holcombe #25523.
David, I have never heard of them (EOM) by Jacques Roest #25523.
Small firm, low production. (PIC) Once in a while, one will show up on eBay by David Holcombe #25523.
Shrock Brothers Studebakers by Raymond Paszkiewicz #25523.
Resized photos. This is a unique collection, Raymond. Many thanks for posting! by David Holcombe #25523.
I don't have nearly that many Shrock Studebakers, but here are two of them. by David Crowe #25523.

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