The 1937 Studebaker Dictator had its front end renewed with the hood being elevated from the front and hinged at the back. Horizontal bars were placed in the slanting
radiator shell and the top portion of the grille bars ran along the sides of the hood. Extra trunk space was created as Studebaker used a flat 18 gallon gasoline tank design.
New options added dual warm air windshield defrosters and rotary door latches with safety catches. Standard features now included a cigar lighter, safety glass, engine
thermometer, a sun visor, dual windshield wipers, and a bumper.
Although generally the Studebaker lineup of vehicles was the best it had ever been, because of the economy looming up to a war, car sales dropped 37 per cent in the
final quarter of the year. The company lost money on each car sold in that period and the country had entered a mini-recession.
The name "Dictator" was last used in 1937. The next year it was known as the "Commander".