Manufacturing cars from the turn of the century until 1967, Studebaker was a rock solid foundation for the American automotive industry. From the All-American “Champion” to the European inspired Commander, there isn’t a bad looking one in the bunch. Except maybe the Avanti.
Around the same era as Studebaker, their sister company Packard, stayed pretty fast to their recipe of large and luxurious. Manufacturing up into the 60’s , they dropped their name with the Avanti (again?) before shutting their doors.
A hammer of innovation in their early years, DeSoto spent most of its life as a mid-range brand for Chrysler. One to take chances such as the Streamliner, their friendly aesthetic puts them as the definite weird one of the bunch.
I liked the 3-headlight look. This brand’s flagship, the 48, made its name with its Flash Gordon looks, 3 headlights and 334ci… Boxer 6?
No defunct list of cars would be complete without Ford’s 1 Billion dollar failure. Unfortunately, it was too ahead of its time. Although a classic in retrospect, being named after Henry Ford’s son didn’t take away from its unproven technology and unattractive name/appearance.
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