Perhaps the most beautiful thing Studebaker ever did was the Avanti, but certainly the biggest thing it ever did was plant a "Studebaker" sign composed of nearly 5,000 trees. The leafy advertisement resides in what is now a park in St. Joseph County, Indiana, but was Studebaker's proving grounds at the time it was planted.

The sign has managed to survive since 1938 without any funds devoted to its upkeep, but that's about to change. The non-proft Indiana Landmarks has provided a $2,500 grant to the parks department to study the health of the trees and propose ways to improve and care for them. The study should be concluded this month, after which the sign's future should be much brighter. We don't expect any Avantis to make it to the moon when we colonize our satellite, but thanks to Indiana Landmarks at least you'll always be able to see a "Studebaker."


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      Teleny411
      • 2 Years Ago
      GT Hawk
      Jesus!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Neat!
      rex
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interesting, never knew of such. We had Studebakers. Rather advanced for their time. We had a '50 bullet nose and a '53 with a small overhead valve V-8 and it had hill hold and overdrive. Good car.
      Wunderbird
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey Autoblog, Doesn't your software allow you to rotate a picture?
      ShutoSteve
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Avanti most certainly was not the most beautiful thing Studebaker ever made. I still get shivers whenever I see one, as I find them alarmingly ugly. Give me a Silver Hawk anyday, but take that Avanti away!
      ShutoSteve
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Avanti most certainly was not the most beautiful thing Studebaker ever made. I still get shivers whenever I see one, as I find them alarmingly ugly. Give me a Silver Hawk anyday, but take that Avanti away!
      ShutoSteve
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Avanti most certainly was not the most beautiful thing Studebaker ever made. I still get shivers whenever I see one, as I find them alarmingly ugly. Give me a Silver Hawk anyday, but take that Avanti away!
      ShutoSteve
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Avanti most certainly was not the most beautiful thing Studebaker ever made. I still get shivers whenever I see one, as I find them alarmingly ugly. Give me a Silver Hawk anyday, but take that Avanti away!
      BB79826
      • 2 Years Ago
      I live, like, 45 minutes from here and I had no idea this existed.
      Wisdom Seeker
      • 2 Years Ago
      How far will $2500 go?
        visconti24
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Wisdom Seeker
        There were 8,300 trees in 1938 and now there are less than 5,000. The money is for a soil study and for a general appraisal of the state of the trees, all white or red pine. Once that is finished it is hoped that contributions to the Bendix Park will cover a general clean-up and replanting of 3,000 saplings (more or less) to cover the gaps. And the park needs a budget to maintain the trees, cut off dead limbs, clear the area and spray the trees for infestations of beetles.
        brian
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Wisdom Seeker
        Should pay a local tree surgeon to tromp around the park cutting off dead limbs for a couple weeks...
      ShutoSteve
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sorry for the crazy quad post. I have no idea how that even happened!
      thedriveatfive
      • 2 Years Ago
      what the world needs now is a giant Studebaker sign.
        Drakkon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @thedriveatfive
        ...like I need a hole in my head. Love that song.
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