Model Studebaker Dealership
Petros Studebaker dealership in Pueblo, Colorado
As many of you know, I’m a history nut. History of all kinds but particularly automotive history is a
passion for me. Automotive Marks that are gone, such as Studebaker interest me because I’m
intrigued by their story. How did they start, who were the people involved, what were their
successes and why did they fail. For example; did you know that Studebaker was founded in 1852
under the name of the Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company? The company was originally
a producer of wagons for farmers, miners, and the military. Studebaker entered the automobile
business in 1902 with electric vehicles and in 1904 with gasoline vehicles, all sold under the name
"Studebaker Automobile Company”.
The same holds true for forgotten auto dealerships, perhaps more so than the manufactures
because dealers were the connection and the face of the bands to the motoring public.
Petros Studebaker was a dealership in Pueblo, Colorado during the 1950’s and 1960’s.
Studebaker shut down production in 1966, and I’m sure this dealership closed up shop around the
Ray Petros is the son of the former dealer and commissioned an artist to build a model of his
father’s dealership, complete with model Studebakers. This model is on display at the Forney
Museum of Transportation in Denver, Colorado. The photos were taken in January of 2010.
Dave Immel Automotive Consultant
282 E. Wolf Run, Mukwonago WI 53149