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Trucks on Display

 

Below is a sampling of many of the trucks on display in our Trucking Hall of Fame® Exhibit Hall. Check out our app for more information, photos, and an audio recording for each truck.  Click here to download.

1947 Studebaker M 16 Tractor


Engine Type:
94 Horsepower 6-Cylinder Flathead Gas

Transmission Type:
4-Speed

Truck Information:
Studebaker has a long history. The company began as a manufacturer of Conestoga wagons in the mid-1800s before producing cars and trucks at the turn of the century. In November 1940, the company started making their M Series truck. They hadn’t produced very many when World War II began, and they switched to production of military vehicles. After the war, Studebaker began manufacturing civilian trucks again as quickly as possible. The design was different, but the frame, running gear, and cab were the same as the army trucks they made. This 1947 Studebaker M-16 is more than seventy years old, yet it only has 3,000 miles on it. Perhaps the owner tried to use it and it was just so underpowered that it was parked and never driven again. It’s hard to imagine trying to pull anything with 94 HP. Studebaker’s truck sales fell off not long after they made this model. Within a few years, they had merged with Packard and stopped making trucks altogether. This truck has mirrors on both sides which was unusual back then; most trucks had a mirror on the driver side only, some didn’t have mirrors at all. Top Speed: 45 MPH



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