The Excalibur

Designer Brooks Stevens (1911- 1995), from Milwaukee Wisconsin was known for an array of innovations that spanned 60 years. Stricken with polio as a child, his father encouraged him to draw while bedridden. He later attended Cornell University in New York from 1929 to 1933. For a brief time he worked for a firm as a package designer, then opened his own design firm in 1934. In 1962 Stevens began to formulate a modern concept car that would combine the safety and dependability of standard components but have a look of the nostalgia of yesterday. He dreamed up the Excalibur, a revival of an earlier era's grand touring car, for Studebaker Corporation. When Studebaker ceased production in the U.S., he and his sons took over the Excalibur's production and formed their own corporation, SS Automobiles Inc., in 1964. There was never a replicar maker until Excalibur and it lasted 24 years. I personally remember seeing many new Excalibur's being test driven on 'HWY 100' in West Allis, WI.  This was near the plant where the cars were built for many years.

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