1940 Studebaker Champion Introduction
The Studebaker Champion is an automobile which was produced by the
Studebaker Corporation of South Bend, Indiana from the beginning of the
1939 model year until 1958.
The success of the Champion in 1939 was imperative to Studebaker's survival
following weak sales during the 1938 model year. Unlike most other cars,
the Champion was designed from a "clean sheet", and had no restrictions
caused by necessarily utilizing older parts or requiring the subsequent use
of its components in heavier vehicles. Market research guided the selection
of features, but a key principle adhered to was the engineering watchword
"weight is the enemy." For its size, it was one of the lightest cars of its
era. Its compact straight-6 engine outlasted the model itself and was
produced to the end of the 1964 model year, with a change to an OHV design
The Champion was one of Studebaker's best-selling models because of its low
price (US$660 for the two-door business coupe in 1939), durable engine, and
styling. The car's ponton styling was authored by industrial designer
Raymond Loewy who had been under contract with Studebaker for the design of
their automobiles. Champions won Mobilgas economy runs by posting the
highest gas mileage tests. During World War II, Champions were coveted for
their high mileage at a time when gas was rationed in the United States.
From 1943-1945, the Champion engine was used as the powerplant for the
Studebaker M29 Weasel personnel and cargo carrier, which also used four
sets of the Champion's leaf springs arranged transversely for its bogie
The Champion was phased out in 1958 in preparation for the introduction of
the 1959 Studebaker Lark. Prior to this, Studebaker had been placed under
receivership, and the company was attempting to return to a profitable
1961 STUDEBAKER HAWK SPORTS COUPE " SOLD " Drager's International Classic Sales 206-533-9600
The Studebaker had style. 1961 was the last year for the fins. Look at the
front end. Note the separation between fenders and the hood. These cars
were low and sleek. Everywhere I drive this car people stop and ask
questions and give the thumbs up or wave. When is the last time you saw
one? This is one beautiful car. The Studebaker has only 59,000 miles. Check
out the original interior. Note the "Fasten Seat Belts" sign on the
dashboard. The man I bought the Studebaker from had the hood come up while
driving and it promped him to restore the outside. He spent about $15,000
with new paint and chrome. It's beautiful. I have a great book he put
together with all the bills. The engine is a 259 V-8. Automatic
transmission. The Studebaker has Twin Traction rear end or positraction.
Manual steering and brakes. The only thing I had to do to this car was
install a new water pump. I just got this in and I've only had a chance to
drive it about 100 miles. I really like the way it drives. The only change
I would make to this car would be to add radial tires. Old School Garage
has serviced and safety checked it for your driving pleasure. Cond. # 2-.
Drager's International Classic Sales
18805 Aurora Ave. N. Seattle WA 98133
206-533-9600 Fax 206-542-0171
Drager's believes that it is very important to personally inspect the
vehicle you are interested in. If you cannot inspect it yourself you
should hire an inspector. Here are two very knowledgeable old car
appraisers you can contact.
John Kincl (360) 895-1766 and/or
Lance Lambert (206) 362-2530
We use Concours Transport Fred has done a great job for us over the years.
Fred will do a great job for you. Check out his web page.
2078 Ponticello DR.
Henderson NV 89052
The State of Washington says we can charge a negotiable documentary service
fee of up to $150.00. This documentary service fee cover costs such as trip
permits and FedEx costs. We charge a $50.00 documentary service fee for
instate and $100.00 documentary service fee for out of state sales on top
of the selling price.
We sell all of our vehicles AS IS, NO WARRANTY. We check them over,
we do a report card and we grade and decode each vehicle. We have them
serviced and safety checked. We try very hard to tell you everything that
we know. We give you lots of photos and video so you can see the vehicles
very well. We have been in classic sales for more than 30 years.
Jeri Drager 206-533-9600 Andrew Drager 206-459-3403
1956 Golden Hawk Restoration History in Pictures
This is a pictorial representation of the five year project to restore my
1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk. This video just covers the body portion of the
restoration. The engine, transmission, interior, and other mechanical
components are not covered here. The car was purchased in October 1983 and
it was completed in 1988.
Studebaker flame job
Jeff Styles laying out and spraying flames on my 59 Studebaker truck. Work
done at Quigley's Auto body in Lake Forest Cal. Paint and body by Craig
70 GLASGO JUDGE GTO RAM AIR 4 ROAD TEST
TOOK THE 70 OUT FOR A TEST DRIVE AFTER AN 11 MONTH SLEEP.STILL DOES NOT
LIKE FIRST OR SECOND ON THE STREET,BUT IS GOOD IN THIRD AND FOURTH.TAKING
IT TO THE PSMCDR IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS HOPING TO BETTER THE PREVIOUS 12.66.
'61 Hawk Nice Old Bird.mp4
1961 Studebaker Hawk, nice old bird, just turned 50. Fixin' to move to
Australia today. My last ride down the driveway_1/6/2011.
Studebaker's Hawk Models 1956 - 1964
This is a long slow look at all the Hawk models built by the Studebaker
Packard Corporation from 1956 through 1964. Models include the Flight,
Power, Sky, Silver, Golden, Gran Turismo, and Packard Hawks.
1960 Studebaker Lark Convertible Red SumtFG021613
Lark had the drop on the Falcon, Valiant and Corvair in that it hit the
market as a 1959 model, one year earlier than the offerings from the "big
3"! In addition, Lark offered a stationwagon and convertible version
besides the sedan! Larks continued through 1963, then underwent a name
change and finally were out of production during the 1966 model year. It's
really a shame..they offered a 6 and V8 and were competitive...too bad it
didn't last, the company that had started by making Conestoga wagons in the
Street "sleeper" Studebaker Lark no. 2 1/2
Details: Lunati 00016 cam 284/284 adv. dur., 1.90/1.50 heads, Cloyes roller
chain, Scat crank, KB .030 over flattop pistons, Mallory Uni-Lite, Taylor
wires, Felpro gaskets, Hi-vo oil pump, Clevite bearings, custom driveshaft,
Sanden A/C compressor, USA made Classic evap., custom Goodyear a/c hoses.
Ranger discs and Monte Carlo calipers in front w/custom mounts, Jeep under
the floor master cylinder, all new brake lines and hoses.
Future mods as money allows: 2.02/ 1.60 195 cfm aluminum heads, roller
rockers, 3/8" pushrods, thinner head gaskets, long tube headers, rear
springs, Cal-Tracs, dual Eastwood m/c's mounted on firewall, suspended
brake pedal. Rehang the doors and new paint. That oughta do it! Art
The 1963 Avanti was the last ditch effort of Sherwood Egbert (his real
name) to rescue the faltering Studebaker. Once again, the company turned
to its ace in the hole, stylist Raymond Loewy, to conceive a car that would
miraculously turn things around. He rented a house in Palm Springs and
there with three young designers and with missionary zeal embarked on
creating something new and revolutionary. The result -- the Avanti, got
attention but didn't save the company. Studebaker was gone three years
1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk Jet Streak Road Test
Take a test drive with me in a 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk with the Jet
Streak engine option that was contemplated, but never offered by the
I was reluctant to make this because at the time I was riding on 22 year
old radial tires that made a severe thump the faster I went. A month later I replaced the
tires. When I took off the front passenger side tire, I noticed a split of
about 18", right down the tread.
1949 Studebaker Street Truck
A custom 1949 Studebaker Pick Up I shot at the Good Guy's Nashville
2013..Talbert got the truck when he was 13...He started to Street Rod it at
his Dads shop Mike Goldman Customs...when he was 15...very cool
Truck!!!..Make sure you follow me so that you don't miss any of the cool
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Barn Find 1957 Studebaker Silver Hawk
This is the first real look at the old Studebaker from the pole barn on the
farm where it has been parked for the last six years. It was originally
from Texas and seems to be in pretty good shape. However, it looks like it
still needs a ton of work.
This is another episode in the '57 Studebaker Silver Hawk Restoration
Project. Here is a link to the playlist of all my videos in this series:
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