Studebaker Museum in South Bend revives Fozzie Bear ‘Muppet Movie’ car

SOUTH BEND — The Studebaker Nationwide Museum harbors a bullet-nosed motor vehicle that Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem — that woolly-headed band of textile rockers in “The Muppet Movie” — once gave a psychedelic paint occupation. 

In the 1979 film, Fozzie Bear drives off in his uncle’s freshly painted jalopy, telling the band, “I never know how to thank you guys.” 

To which passenger Kermit the Frog provides, “I do not know why to thank you guys.” 

But the garish flashes of brilliant blue, orange and yellow have due to the fact light to dingy grey. The motor is caught, seized up from the lengthy-ago Hollywood modifications that hid a small human driver in the trunk.  

Now the museum has begun a $175,000 crowdsourcing marketing campaign to restore the 1951 Studebaker Commander to its movie glory. That, in turn, would enable the vehicle to be loaned out to others museums and taken to car shows. 

Archivist Andrew Beckman claimed the car is in “pretty rough form.” It experienced been sitting for many years in a studio’s outdoor great deal when, in 2004, the museum obtained it as a present from the Studebaker Drivers Club’s Orange Empire Chapter in California.  

It has viewed only some gentle cleansing, stabilizing and changed headlights since it moved to South Bend, while it has been on general public display at the museum most of the time — just one of the most popular reveals, even in current months.