1916 Studebaker Light Four

The car is a generous gift to the collection by Stanley and Joyce Young, of North London. Not registered in the UK until 1980, it was brought over from the USA in 1976 to play a part in the film Ragtime (released 1981) which was part-produced at London’s Shepperton Studios and was the last ever movie to feature James Cagney. Purchased by Stanley 38 years ago, the car had been laid up in his garage ever since until he decided to part with it and offered it to the Collection.

On arrival at Old Warden early in 2017, the Studebaker was a non-runner with a flat tyre, seized water pump and a leaking radiator, but some sterling effort by the workshop team of volunteers had it working in time to take part in the vehicle parade at the Heritage Weekend in September.

This example has a rear-mounted, three-speed, manual gearbox and continued in production until 1919. Many similar Studebakers came to Europe to see service on the Western Front during the First World War and the exhibit is presented as a British military vehicle of the period.

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