1932 - 1933
The Rockne was a small companion car to the Studebaker and named after the famed Knute Rockne, football coach at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana and who, in addition to his athletic activities, had been named sales manager of the Studebaker Corp. which was also located in South Bend. The companion car had already been planned when Rockne was killed in a 1931 plance crash and the new car had been name accordingly. The Rockne, in a sense, was the companion car successor to the earlier Erskine which had become a lower-priced Studebaker in 1930. It had a 3.1 litre 6-cylinder engine and a full line of open and closed bodies priced from $585 to $675. Introduced in February 1932, it was discontinued 14 months later after a production of 30,293 units.
Source: The Beaulieu Encyclopaedia of the Automobile