Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th of July: 1965 Studebaker Wagonaire Commander

Happy 4th of July, freedom lovers! The Commander name was first used on a Studebaker way back in 1927 when Calvin Coolidge was president and the FCC (originally the Federal Radio Commission) started to regulate the use of radio frequencies.  Ahh..the early days of the FCC...good times...what could be more American than the ever tightening grip of government agencies regulating America into the future...well...a Studebaker that looks like a wagon but functions like a pickup...that is one innovation the man didn't expect. Take that regulation!! Find this 1965 Studebaker Wagonair Commander offered for $12,500 in Eastern WV via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

From the seller:
1965 Studebaker Wagonaire Commander
condition: excellent
cylinders: 6 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 6785
paint color: custom
size: mid-size
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: wagon
1965 Studebaker Wagonaire Commander

Just won 1st place at the local cruise in!

Sliding Roof opens from D pillar to C pillar

Rare as hen's teeth, only around 700 produced in 1965!

California Car

Mileage: 6785 indicated (not verified)

Condition: driver/resto-mod candidate

Engine: Original Chevrolet 194 cubic inch inline 6 (In 1965 and 1966, Studebaker sourced engines from Chevrolet for the last 2 years in business and offered both the 194 I6 and 283 V8.) Can be easily converted to small block chevy.

Transmission: Original Borg Warner 3 speed manual transmission w/overdrive converted to floor shift.

Mild restoration including paint, upholstery, and engine refresh including starter, battery, fuel pump, carb rebuild, fuel filter, distributor cap, breaker points, condenser, spark plugs, wires, and ignition coil.

Includes HEI distributor for converting from points ignition and various extra/original parts.

Tags: ford Chevrolet Chevy dodge Plymouth Chrysler nova falcon fury Corsair Biscayne rambler Mustang Camaro Firebird chevelle galaxy classic hotrod restomod wagon tailgate surf Beach Woody grocery getter vintage

See a better way to celebrate the red, white, and blue?


  1. Perfect for bringing that new refrigerator home from Home Depot!

  2. The GMC Envoy brought the retracting roof back to the market in the mid-2000s. What's old is new again! I love the Studde wagons. The 1965MY was probably the best-looking of the Lark cars. Very nice!

  3. If anyone's interested in more about the Wagonaire and its Kaiser-Jeep cousin the Wagoneer, see my feature from a few years back: Wagonaire vs. Wagoneer: Which Wagon Will Win its Way to your Wallet?

  4. That scene in the hangover 3 with the giraffe would have been funnier with one of these. Not that I have any idea why.

  5. That scene in the hangover 3 with the giraffe would have been funnier with one of these. Not that I have any idea why.


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