Newly Acquired 1926 Studebaker Sedan on Display

Arts & Museum Exhibits

October 18, 2017 to May 31, 2018

Peter Herdic Transportation Museum


The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society has recently acquired a 1926 Studebaker five passenger Sedan, courtesy of James and Pat Messner. The car was owned and restored by Jim’s father, the late Fred Messner.

   The Messner family has a long tradition of collecting cars. Fred Messner’s 1932 Model 55 St. Regis Studebaker was donated to the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey by Donald Messner , Jim’s brother. Donald Messner donated his own Corvette Collection to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

   “We are so fortunate to have big-hearted people like the Messners who think of the greater good- now, the car is on display for all to enjoy, not locked away in someone’s garage. It is an absolutely beautiful car and even if you are not a fancier of vintage cars, you will find yourself thinking how cool it would be to take her out for a spin…” The sedan would have had an original price tag of $1,495.00 with options of front and rear bumpers, running board kick plates, cowl lamps, and disc wheels. The Studebaker is the second car to be added to the permanent collections of the museum. 

   A 1919 Model T. Ford, owned and restored by Ferd Paige was donated in 2010 by Ferd’s daughters  Deborah Vincenzes and Candace Ford.  It resides in the front lobby of the Taber Museum at 858 West Fourth Street.

   The Messner Studebaker is housed at the Peter Herdic Transportation Museum, which is located immediately behind the Taber Museum and may be viewed during the Herdic’s operational hours of Fridays and Saturdays, 10am-3pm (September through May). There is a separate admission to view the Transportation Museum.

   For further information, please call the Taber museum at 570-326-3326 or visit our website


Pat and Jim Messner stand in front of the 1926 Studebaker which they recently donated to the Taber Museum.







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