The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Monday, July 23, 2012

The First Crossover? Studebaker Coupe Express

Over 25 years before Chevy and Ford produced the El Camino and Ranchero respectively, Studebaker created the Coupe Express by combining the front end of a passenger car with the bed of a truck.  The Jalopy Journal has a brief history of the model.  I have seen one or two Coupe Expresses, and they are impressive, not to mention rare, vehicles.

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