Gone Autos Podcast #7: Studebaker '62 with Lew Minkel and Richard Quinn

It takes a Studebaker fan to talk about a Studebaker man’s Studebaker plans.

That’s what happens when you ask Studebaker uber-historian Richard Quinn to talk about a rare 1961 recording featuring Studebaker Marketing Vice-President Lew Minkel.

Lew Minkel
Lew Minkel

Minkel’s speech to Los Angeles-area Studebaker dealers was captured live on a metal-acetate record around August 1961 before the new 1962 model year.

I bought this recording through eBay several years ago, and I always wondered what it meant in the timeline of Studebaker’s history.

So I logged onto the Studebaker Drivers Club Forum and searched around for the ultimate Studebaker expert. (Although he disagrees with me, the forum members don’t lie. Many conversational threads point back to Richard and his deep knowledge of all things Studebaker.)


me posing with 41 copy
Richard Quinn
I had the audio artifact. I had the expert to tell me all about it. And now you have the result.

Find out from Richard Quinn what the men at South Bend were up to with this long-lost, forgotten speech delivered when Kennedy was still president and Studebaker still made cars.


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