From time to time I will post photos of some favorite carriages that I have had the pleasure to own. Sometimes a vehicle comes along that just strikes a chord with me. The high quality of the design, construction, trim and details just pop and this Studebaker Drop Front Phaeton happens to be one of those carriages. I just love the lines and styling of this vehicle.
The sweet little Studebaker still has her original lamps which is often a long shot. Notice the quality of the original upholstery work and broad lace trim.
Even from the back it’s a classic. Graceful lines of the body, fenders and rear body mounts all tie together beautifully. Not all antique carriages are created equally. Some were built in huge mass production factories where quantity was a higher priority than quality.
Although Studebaker was a huge manufacturer of carriages and wagons somehow they managed to be everything to everyone. They produced inexpensive runabouts for the general public, high quality farm and commercial wagons for the trades, and high end beautiful carriages and sleighs for the elite. After the carriage era Studebaker was one of the few carriage manufacturers that successfully made the transition into automobiles.
Enjoy the weekend.