Studebaker Big Six

The Studebaker Big Six, also known as the Model EG was an automobile manufactured by the Studebaker Corporation of South Bend, Indiana. Production occurred between 1918 and 1926. Between 1918 and 1920, the Big Six was only offered as a four-door touring car, which was the most popular body style for automobiles at the time. Later, beginning with the 1927 model year, the Big Six was rebadged the Studebaker President, which became one of Studebaker's largest and most luxurious models. From 1918 to 1919, the Big Sixes were powered by Studebaker's 354 in<sup>3</sup> I6 engine that produced 60 bhp at 2000 rpm. By 1926, the engine was putting out 75 bhp at 2400 rpm. Even so, the car's wheelbase grew considerably between 1918 and 1926, from 120 inches to 127 inches. At the 1924 New York Auto Show, Studebaker featured a 1918 Big Six that had a verified odometer reading of over 500,000 miles. This was a true testament to the longevity and durability of the Studebaker vehicles. It is doubtful that there is a model on the market today that could boast that. Anyhow, as the price of enclosed cars came down, a wider variety of body styles were offered beginning with the 1921 model year. As a result, by the 1926 model year, the Big Six had grown to include such specialty body styles as the Phaeton and the Berline sedan. In 1927, the model gained the name Big Six President as Studebaker began the process of converting all of its model names away from engine type-based, and towards the more evocative Dictator and Commander monikers. In the case of the Big Six President, 1928 marked the launch of Studebaker's famed 313 in<sup>3</sup> V8 which developed 100 bhp at 2600 rpm, thus making the Big Six name outdated.