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Friday, April 27, 2007

Marshal the troops!



Here's a great video of a 1964 Studebaker Marshal police cruiser - one of only 20 made - taching it up at the Chicago Emergency Vehicle show. It's owned by SDC member Joe Fay of Naperville, Indiana. Here's what he has to say about the car:

This Marshal is one of the twenty experimental models made just before the South Bend closure. Each one was equipped with a R1 engine, roll bar and a special bench seat. These cars were all used in a program that would loan out the vehicle to selected cites or states across the US. Each car was then specially equipped to the designated test city/state.

The test program fell apart (about the time of South Bend closure) so many of the vehicles did not make it to there intended test city/state. The Youtube Marshal was designated for State of Kentucky, but was actually delivered to the State of Indiana.

It was field tested at the Charlestown barricks and serviced at Sellersburg Motors. It then went back to Studebaker where it was later sold the The City of Phoenix (can't confirm, but pretty darn sure). In 1983 it was donated the the Studebaker Museum by the estate of an Arizona SDC member. It was sold at the museum auction at the SDC show in 1997.

Of the twenty R1 test vehicles about seven survive.


Lots more pictures and details about Marshals here.

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