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You know, the old Impalas, Galaxie 500s, and Sport Furys of the world get all of the glory. Yet you were more likely to find a Biscayne, Custom 300, or Plaza in your parents’ driveway back in the day. At least if you lived at my house in the late 1950s/early 1960s. So for the next few Mondays or so, we’ll take a look at some of the stuff at the bottom of the pecking order. 

This one, the 1957 Studebaker Scotsman, probably would sit at the bottom of that list of cars at the bottom of the pecking order. Talk about frugal! Painted hubcaps, rubber floor coverings, no interior lighting, no arm rests, no sun visors, plastic-covered cardboard door panels — all for just $1,776 for the two-door sedan. In comparison, the 1957 Plymouth Plaza two-door listed for $2,009; the Chevy 150 was $1,996; and the Ford Custom was $1,991. So if you were shopping price, the Scotsman looked pretty good — as long as you were satisfied with one in either gray, green, or blue — the only colors offered for the ’57s. The Scotsman line also offered a four-door sedan, two-door station wagon, a V-8 powered police car version (called the Marshal), and a stretched-wheelbase taxi called the Econ-O-Miler.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know…