Studebaker’s V-8 design produced an engine that was not only strong, but unusually powerful for its displacement. Only the new Chrysler Hemi V-8 produced more horsepower per cubic inch than did the Studebaker V-8 in 1951. That’s 1.100 horsepower per cubic inch; no small feat in 1964.
Here are some that are considered classics today. The 1950 Champion was Studebaker's all-time highest-production model, with more than 270,000 examples built. 1950 was also Studebaker's peak peacetime employment year, with nearly 24,000 workers. One of 1,841 electric automobiles Studebaker built between 1902 and 1912.
Bob BourkeIn Designed by Bob BourkeIn 1951, Studebaker boss Harold Vance had Raymond Loewy's studio work up a two-door, four-seat show car. Vance showed a keen interest in the coupe and green-lighted the car for production after a late-night visit to the studio with board members.Aug 25, 2006
Automotive History: The Studebaker V8 Engine – Punching Below Its Weight. In 1951, plucky little Studebaker introduced its new ohv V8 engine, only two years behind the groundbreaking 1949 Cadillac and Oldsmobile V8s, and several years ahead of other competitors.Mar 30, 2020
Ranking The Best V8 Engines Ever
- 8 Mercedes AMG 'Hot-V'
- 7 BMW 4.4-liter Twin-Turbo V8.
- 6 Rover V8.
- 5 Ferrari F106 V8.
- 4 LS1.
- 3 Ford Flathead V8. Via Hot Rod Newtwork.
- 2 Ferrari 3.9-liter F154 Twin-Turbo V8. Via Emperonie on Wikipedia.
- 1 6.2-liter Hemi SRT Hellcat Supercharged V8. Via Auto Evolution.
Shelby Cobra As you may have already guessed, the hands-down winner among the fastest muscle cars of the 1960s remains the Shelby Cobra. This car attained higher performance figures than any other production vehicle of its era. The 1963 Shelby Cobra 260 boasted the ability to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.Dec 25, 2020
Buick GNX It was the fastest car made in America to 60 mph with an official time of just 4.9 seconds. The 1987 Buick GNX is second on the list with a 4.7-second sprint to 60 mph, which was beat by the 1989 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.
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Studebaker's V-8 design produced an engine that was not only strong, but unusually powerful for its displacement. Only the new Chrysler Hemi V-8 produced more horsepower per cubic inch than did the Studebaker V-8 in 1951. That's 1.100 horsepower per cubic inch; no small feat in 1964.
The Studebaker-Packard Hawk series were cars produced by the merged Studebaker-Packard corporation between 1956 and 1964. All but the 1958 Packard Hawk were badged Studebaker. Described by the company as "family sports cars", they were all two-door, four-seat coupes and hardtops.
It wasn't until late in the fall that the Avanti went on sale, with 1,200 finally making it into customer hands. For the 1963 model year just under 4,000 models were sold in total. Studebaker was in more than a little trouble at this point, and it was no longer a secret to the American public.Apr 17, 2020
Here are the fastest road-legal production cars of all time
- 2005 Bugatti Veyron - 253mph.
- 2007 Shelby Supercars Ultimate Aero - 256.18mph.
- 2010 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport - 267.857mph.
- 2014 Hennessey Venom GT - 270.49mph.
- 2017 Koenigsegg Agera RS - 277.87mph.
- 2019 Bugatti Chiron - 304.77mph.
- 2020 SSC Tuatara - 316.11mph.