Studebaker Tuesday

First, and I don’t care about protocol or whether this sounds like whining, I am very disappointed at the number of page views for yesterday’s post. It was only a third of the average for the first 27 days of the month and that average was suppressed because I didn’t post every day like I usually do. The number of views was also a small fraction of those who have signed up to follow the blog every day. Yes, people don’t have to click on the link they receive to read the post. Yes, the post was long and had some non-automotive content. On the other hand…


Talk about clickbait…a link to this article was sent to my email from one of the many auto websites to which I subscribe. I was all excited about the title suggesting that a Studebaker car might be reborn. Then I saw the date…February 3, 2012! That article is why today’s post is called Studebaker Tuesday.

I did some investigating and found this link to Studebaker Motor Company in Arvada, Colorado. The first thing I noticed was the beautiful new logo, which I can’t seem to copy and paste here so you’ll have to go to the link.

From the Overview section I found this comment from company leader Ric Reed to be spot on: “Building a passenger vehicle business is a huge project which takes vision, planning, time, focus, money and luck.” Once again, I reject the notion that one “makes their own luck.” Luck, by definition, is exogenous.

Almost 30 years ago a baseball team with the first pick in the upcoming draft of amateur players was obsessed with a high school pitcher from Texas. This pitcher insisted he would not turn pro, certainly not with this team, and would pitch at the University of Texas. Reluctantly this team took their backup choice. You may have heard of him; his name is Larry Wayne “Chipper” Jones. The high school pitcher was Todd Van Poppel who was selected later in the first round, did sign and was not really a successful pitcher. The team drafting Jones was, of course, the Atlanta Braves. One has to acknowledge the role that luck played in Jones ending up with the Braves.

Studebaker made some bad decisions; e.g. building too many sedans and not enough coupes for the new model rollout in 1953. However, luck or lack thereof played a role in the company’s demise.


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From a picture of a Studebaker Avanti. I am a huge fan of the Avanti.


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From a picture of a Studebaker Commander Starliner coupe. I believe that 56packardman thinks this is the most beautiful car ever made. It certainly is far closer to the top than to the bottom, in my opinion.

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever, its loveliness increases. It will never pass into nothingness…”

– John Keats

I hope Studebaker Motor Company is successful, but I’m not holding my breath or I’d probably suffocate.




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Yes, it’s 2019. The increasingly swift passage of time is quite unnerving.


As I have stated before I am a numbers nerd. Here is a chart with the percentage of total views by month for Disaffected Musings not counting the partial month of January, 2018:

Feb, 2018 3.5%
Mar, 2018 3.8%
Apr, 2018 4.8%
May, 2018 6.9%
Jun, 2018 9.1%
Jul, 2018 7.2%
Aug, 2018 6.5%
Sep, 2018 7.0%
Oct, 2018 17.1%
Nov, 2018 21.4%
Dec, 2018 12.7%

You can see why I was disappointed with the number of views for December as that number was 40% lower than for November. The one bright spot for December was that it was the month with the most comments.


I think I am really getting ornery with advancing age. This Hemmings article is about a 1951 Maserati that will be offered for sale next this month at the Bonhams auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. Here is a picture of the car, I hope:

From Hemmings and Bonhams.

Anyway, the point I want to make is that I posted a comment I could hardly believe came from me:


Yes, this ’51 Maserati is beautiful, etc. While I believe that money one has legally earned, legally saved and legally invested belongs to them and it is not for me or anyone else to tell them how to spend that money (legally), I can’t get excited about a car I cannot remotely afford. Let me add that my wonderful wife and I are not poor.

Much in the same way that I think that huge amounts of money have ruined pro sports, I think that these cars make the collector car hobby far less enjoyable. One reason is that people start to think that their “collector” car is worth far more than is the “truth.”


Maybe I’m just extra depressed because it’s “the holidays.” Every year that passes is one lost forever, one less opportunity to accomplish something fulfilling.

What do you think about these multi-million dollar cars? Are they even relevant to most of us? Like the market for all goods, the demand/price for one can affect the same for others. For example, as original 1960s Cobras skyrocketed in price, the price of Sunbeam Tigers (a “substitute” good, remember your Econ 101/102) began to climb dramatically. Of course, the “market” for collector cars is actually many markets.


Happy New Year!





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