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Ugly Car Guide: 1945 VW Studebaker Wiesel

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"We call it the tank," the ad proclaims, and if ever there was an ugly relic that best summed up the military-industrial history of two countries, it's this one.

According to the sellers out of Littlerock, California, this here's a 1945 Studebaker Wiesel. As far as we can tell, it's a Robot Chicken-style Frostyclaus mashup of a WWII-era tank and a VW Microbus. The tank half comes to you via your grandparents' economic sacrifice; the VW half, we bet, came from some pothead in Northern California who had no idea his precious would end up in camo drag, working for The Man.

Studebaker, of course, went on to build military and government-issue mail trucks until its passenger car business did a final kamikaze run into bankruptcy and oblivion. Volkswagen, of course, went on to built the Cabriolet.

Maybe you'll be the lucky owner who rolls into Coachella or Burning Man with some seriously ironic hardware. Would we buy it? Hell yes, we would.

We're betting Pat Robertson will blame this unholy union on letting gays serve openly in the military. To us, it's just one more sign that "don't ask, don't tell" was a little late to what was obviously one very wild paramilitary party.

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  1. Studebaker did not crash into bankrupcy.
    The car division was loosing money but the other divisions such as Ownen generators, STP(Fuel additives)and Super charger division were profitable, so the decision to close down the car manufacturing division in two steps. The main plant at Southbend, Indiana was closed in December 1964 and to honour distrubutor contracts the Canadian assembly plant in Hamilton continued to manufacture on a smaller scale for another two years finally closing in 1966. At the time of the shut down Studebakers were assembled in Australia and New Zealand form CKD parts with some local content. The last Studebaker could have been assembled in New Zealand as it took them a while to use up there CKD parts. No bankrupcy
     
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