Studebaker museum to sell two cars at auction

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Photo of 1957 Packard Clipper courtesy of South Bend Tribune / Becky Malewitz

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (April 11, 2016) — A South Bend museum that honors cars built by the hometown Studebaker manufacturer is selling two vehicles from its collection to the public.

The South Bend Tribune reports that the Studebaker National Museum plans to auction a 1954 Conestoga station wagon and a 1957 Packard Clipper. Both cars were donated roughly 40 years ago, but they were never on public display.

Museum archivist Andrew Beckman says the two cars require extensive repair and restoration but could later be drivable. The Conestoga wagon could hold up to nine passengers and has a sliding roof that could be detached to carry items as large as a refrigerator.

The cars will be listed for sale on eBay some time this week. For more information, call the museum at 888-391-5600 or 574-235-9714. The proceeds from the auction will be used to support the remaining collection.

The South Bend Studebaker plant ceased production in December 1963.