The writer worked in the auto industry for 42 years and is now a consultant.
To the Editor:
There may not have been a "Central Wagon Corp.," as Jesse Snyder notes in "Auto pioneers, like cars, sure have changed" (Opinion, April 4), but in the latter days of the 19th century Studebaker was the largest manufacturer of wagons and buggies in the world.
It dominated the wagon business in the United States and even provided carriages to the White House and wagons to the military.
Although Studebaker ceased vehicle production in 1966, it can be argued that it was the only wagon maker to make the transition to automobiles successfully.
Incidentally, the company built electric vehicles, too, until 1912, when it was determined that the costs, range and charging infrastructure problems of such vehicles made them a poor choice for most transportation applications.
Some things haven't really changed that much.