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Muppet Movie Studebaker car that Fozzie Bear drove goes to restoration


Razorfly Studios owner Mark Zoran, left, and Studebaker National Museum archivist Andrew Beckman push the 1951 Studebaker Commander that was in the 1979 film "The Muppet Movie" as it's loaded from the museum onto a trailer Friday, Jan. 12, 2024, in South Bend.

SOUTH BEND — The Studebaker Commander that Fozzie Bear drove in the 1979 film “The Muppet Movie” set off on its next grand adventure Friday, departing the Studebaker National Museum as it headed for North Carolina. 

In the flick, it was Hollywood bound. Fozzie took his uncle’s vintage 1951 car, grabbed his pal Kermit the Frog and rambled across America, meeting a menagerie of Muppet characters and humans to chase their movie dreams. 

This time, the bullet-nosed beast cruised down the road, sitting on a trailer and bound for restoration. Finally. It was time to renew its creaking metal bones, its shaggy and stained upholstery and its weathered skin, which has lost its famously psychedelic paint job.  

Staff from the North Carolina restoration company Razorfly Studios and the Studebaker National Museum check over the 1951 Studebaker Commander that was in the 1979 film "The Muppet Movie" on Friday, Jan. 12, 2024, in the museum's basement.

Fozzie and Kermit stayed back at the museum, where visitors had seen them while the car was on display.  

A restoration crew from Razorfly Studios in Sylva, N.C., ushered the Commander onto a trailer, wrapped it in protective tarps and blankets and headed south for work that could take up to 16 months. 



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