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Shrock Family History

Shrock Family History

Shrock Body Shop started as a family-owned auto body business in 1960. In 1963 the owners, Tom and Dave, built a concept car called the Super turtle. To supply hard-to-find rubber and plastic parts in the 1970s, they became increasingly involved in the reproduction of Studebaker car parts. In 1980, they completed a custom build of a 1940 Studebaker President Boat-tailed Speedster with a rumble seat. This one-of-a-kind Studebaker has been featured in several publications, including the Studebaker Drivers Club magazine "Turning Wheels." In 1982, the brothers restored a 1935 Studebaker Commander roadster that was featured in the movie, The Color Purple. This car is currently on display in the Studebaker museum in South Bend, Indiana.
 
The first original toy designed by the Shrock Brothers was a 1:43rd scale model of the 1940 President Boat-tail Speedster. Early production, 1985-93 focused solely on 1:43rd scale models, including 1940 Speedster, 1936 COE (streamliners and circus trailers), 1955-59 E7 pickups, 1931-32 Indy team racer, 1956 E38 tractor with Fruehauf trailer, and 1949-53 R model trucks.
 
In 1988, a line of 1:55th scale toys were introduced to reduce the overall complexity of the assembly process. The models produced included all Studebaker pickup trucks from 1941 to 1964, and 59 and 60 Larks in five body styles.
 
In 1994, a line of 1:72nd scale toys were introduced in the continuing effort to reduce the overall assembly complexity while maintaining a high level of detail and finish. All production is now focused on the 1:72nd size. The models currently offered are shown in the 1:72nd scale section of this website. The plan is to offer all Studebaker models and body styles from 1929 to 1966. It is the belief of the Shrock brothers that the 1:72nd scale size offers the best balance between detail, size, cost, and displayability. It also allows for sets, including scenery to be displayed in a reasonable table or shelf space.
 
The models are constructed from pewter with a hand rubbed acrylic enamel finish. The windows are vacuum-formed from butyrate sheets and the bright parts are cast from the same Brittania used in custom jewelry.

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