Monday Museum Musings

Yesterday, as a delayed Fathers Day gift my wonderful wife and I took her parents to the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Her father is a big Studebaker fan and the museum is currently hosting a large Studebaker exhibit. Although my wife and I are museum members the nearly 200-mile round trip keeps us from visiting more often than we do.

Perhaps the big highlight for me was seeing the Studebaker Sceptre concept car in person for the first time. The car is on loan to the AACA Museum from the Studebaker museum in South Bend, Indiana. Without further ado:



By the way, showing photos in this blog is why I am glad I still use a desktop computer with a big monitor. I’m sorry, but you just can’t appreciate photos from the screen of a smartphone.

I think Brooks Stevens was a genius. After his death in 1995 the New York Times called him “a major force in industrial design.” Another great Stevens design was the Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk. In the bottom most of the four photos above you can see the red ’64 in the upper left. Here are some better pictures:



This is probably the finest GT Hawk I’ve ever seen. Stevens redesigned the Hawk, by this time a dated looking car, for a pittance and came up with a car that still looks good today. Tell me why I’ve left the GT Hawk out of both Ultimate Garages…

The AACA Museum is also hosting a small Pontiac exhibit that includes three GTOs. The only one of real interest to me is this one, a 1964 model.



It means nothing to anyone else, but I find something interesting in the fact that the last model year for the Studebaker GT Hawk is the same as the first year for the Pontiac GTO, 1964. I was just a wee lad, but I was alive at that time.

We all had a marvelous time. Kudos to Bill and to Warren, two volunteers at the museum who were so generous with their time and knowledge.










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Frugal Friday, Einstein Edition

Yep, that Albert Einstein was a really smart guy. This article from is about an “insane” test of his theory of relativity and that theory passed the test.

The test had to do with measuring gravitational redshifting as a star orbited around Sagittarius A, the black hole at the center of our galaxy. As predicted by Einstein’s theory, new measurements revealed the redshift. According to the article, this result was based on 26 years of observations.

Remember that Einstein had no computers, no calculators. Many of his theories resulted from “thought experiments,” mental exercises without the use of data, but that used deductive reasoning to reach a conclusion.

I wonder what Einstein would have thought about today’s high-tech automobiles. Maybe nothing at all.


Speaking of high-tech automobiles, here are some more pictures of the new member of the family:





Friend and Disaffected Musings reader/commenter C/2 has named the car “The Red Rocket.” I like that name. In all honesty, in my brief time behind the wheel the most impressive feature of the car has been the brakes. The stopping power is phenomenal. Thanks to my amazing niece who helped me get the grime and gunk off the car that it accumulated during its 2-3 days on an open car carrier.

Of course this is my life, though, which means almost nothing goes completely as planned. The car has some issues, even with just 4,400 miles, so I am taking it to the nearest Chevrolet dealer next week to get those issues sorted. Fortunately the car is still under its bumper-to-bumper warranty. Even with the issues I feel very good about the decision to eschew the buying/building of a restomod C2 Corvette and buying a car like this, instead.


OK, for Frugal Friday here’s a car that has been featured before:



From Hemmings a picture of a 1964 Studebaker Gran Turismo (or GT) Hawk. That was the last model year of the three that this final iteration of the Hawk was offered for sale. Of course, the roots of this car go all the way back to 1953 and the revolutionary Studebaker coupes introduced that year.

The ad copy is short and the mileage is not given. Still, for a car of which only 1,767 were made that model year (only 14,789 were made in the truncated three-year run), the dealer is “only” asking $14,950. Studebaker closed its South Bend, Indiana factory in December, 1963 in the middle of 1964 model year production. After that, all Studebakers were manufactured at its Canadian plant; the GT Hawk and Avanti were discontinued.

OK, maybe I’m just a nut about these cars. OK, maybe I’m just a nut and these cars have nothing to do with it. I think this car would be an inexpensive entry into collector cars. Getting the car serviced might be difficult, though. This car just missed making my first Ultimate Garage and is still a contender for Ultimate Garage 2.0. I keep hoping that more readers will submit theirs.


Also from Hemmings a picture of a 1964 Rambler convertible:



Even though not mentioned in the ad this has to be a Rambler American model as that was the only one offered as a convertible that year. Of the roughly 160,000 Rambler Americans built in model year 1964 only about 9,000 were convertibles. The dealer is asking $12,595.

If you had one of these you almost certainly would have the only one within a large radius of your house.

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