Champion of the Lark: Harold Churchill and the Presidency of Studebaker-Packard, 1956-1961

Champion of the Lark: Harold Churchill and the Presidency of Studebaker-Packard, 1956-1961

by Robert R. Ebert
     
 

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A career engineer at Studebaker, Harold E. Churchill became president of the recently merged Studebaker-Packard Corporation in 1956, at a time when finances were shaky and an aging product line was losing ground to the Big Three. Quickly launching a program of "realism and common sense," he focused the company's energies on a few selected market segments where he saw

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A career engineer at Studebaker, Harold E. Churchill became president of the recently merged Studebaker-Packard Corporation in 1956, at a time when finances were shaky and an aging product line was losing ground to the Big Three. Quickly launching a program of "realism and common sense," he focused the company's energies on a few selected market segments where he saw opportunities for gain. His vision for a compact economy car led to the Lark, the hit model that Studebaker desperately needed. This thorough examination of Churchill's leadership of Studebaker-Packard draws upon Board of Directors minutes, internal documents, oral histories and media reports in constructing a detailed account of these crucial years. In addition to covering the cars and trucks produced under Churchill in detail, it closely traces Churchill's actions as president and analyzes his motivations, the pressures he faced, his leadership style and the success or failure of his tenure.

Editorial Reviews

Antique Automobile
Robert Ebert is definitely the person to pen this very readable history of a difficult time in Studebaker's history. Having access to the corporate board minutes, oral histories, internal documents, media reports and more, Ebert has taken what could be a difficult to read subject and made it interesting, informative and understandable
SAH Journal
if you are already familiar with the history you now will gain additional insights reading of the thinking and decision making processes that preceded the various public announcements
SpeedReaders
a worthy addition to your library...lucid, readable and interesting

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781476602028
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
08/22/2013
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
29 MB
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Meet the Author

Robert R. Ebert, Ph.D., is a professor emeritus of economics at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, and the secretary of the Society of Automotive Historians. He has authored or co-authored books and numerous articles on automotive history including on Studebaker and Packard. He lives in North Ridgeville, Ohio.

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