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1946 Studebaker

Engine Type:
245 Cubic Inch Flathead 6-Cylinder

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Truck Information:
This truck is a model M-16 Studebaker. The model was produced from 1941-1942 and from 1946-1948. In 1946, 19,450 M-16 models were produced. This truck - nicknamed "Bumble Bee" because of its appearance - was built in South Bend, Indiana on June 22, 1946. It was purchased new off the showroom floor by Mr. and Mrs. Hall in Connecticut. Originally it was a two-axle, six-wheel truck. Mr. Hall soon hand-built a 12-foot trailer to go along with the truck and added a third axle, making it a 10-wheeler. He also added his own hand-made sleeper box, which he mounted to the trailer above the cab. Like many of the early sleepers, it isn't very wide. This one is even more like a coffin than others. There doesn't seem to be any way to get into it without climbing onto the hood of the truck. Mr. Hall apparently hauled many different things in this truck, including small livestock. The truck and chassis were restored in 1998; the trailer was rebuilt and mounted to the chassis in 2001. The newly restored truck made its first public appearance in South Bend, Indiana to celebrate 100 years of Studebaker trucks. The Iowa 80 Trucking Museum acquired this truck in 2011. Top Speed: 45 MPH

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