Aaron Severson over at ateupwithmotor.com shines a light once again on orphan cars.
This time he's written about some of Studebaker's most handsome vehicles in an article called "The Once and Future Coupe: The Loewy Coupes and the Studebaker Hawk."
At Torq-O, we pulled up the rug and slid through the trap door searching for some media to help him tell his story. From the Torq-O Media Archive, here's some celluloid that hasn't been seen since 1953.
Check out Aaron's story, and then slide over to Torq-O.com for more Studebaker content!
Studebaker Car Show
16th annual Show and Shine Orphan Car Show hosted by the Husker Chapter of
the Studebaker Drivers Club. Lot's of Studebakers and a variety of other
iconic brands like Chevy, Ford and Packard. The show was held in Ralston,
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Tom Bosley 1956 Studebaker Commercial
Tom Bosley in an ad for the 1956 Studebakers.
Tom Bosley October 1, 1927 - October 19, 2010
I read that he got his start on TV doing Studebaker commercials.
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
Studebaker US6 "Frozen In Time" (Engine Overhaul)
In the summer of 2009 this 1945 Studebaker US6 was brought back to life and
driven 75 miles back to civilization after being abandoned in the remote
Alaskan wilderness and "frozen in time" for two decades. Now in June 2013
the old war horse is getting some much needed TLC and a new lease on life.
This truck was built on May 23, 1945.
1956 STUDEBAKER COMMERCIAL
Here's a vintage car lover's dream: a lengthy television commercial
announcing the entire line of Studebaker automobiles for 1956.
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1953 Studebaker Starliner
Lance Lambert, host of The Vintage Vehicle Show, talks to the owner of this
1953 Studebaker Starliner at a car show in Lake Tapps, Washingotn
Short video tour of the 1950 Nash Statesman
Studebaker Skyhawk Custom Hot Rod Black with an LT1
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Thought you might like to check out our custom Studebaker. It's a 56
Studebaker Sky Hawk with a 53 studebaker front clip and 55 Studebaker Tail
lights. It's also had a bit of custom body work and is currently in epoxy
primer. It is equipped with: Aluminum head LT1 with street and perfomance
kit, 700R4, 9" Ford Rear with 3:00 Posi, Dual Exhaust with flowmaster mufflers, Billet wheels,
Michelin Pilot Sport Tires(ZR speed rated), Vintage A/C, Phantom Guages,
Fiberglass dash, Lokar Shifter, billet column, etc
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
1955 Kaiser Manhattan 2-Door
Lance Lambert, host of The Vintage Vehicle Show, visits Ed Johnson at the
Dock Street Garage and takes a close look at his 1955 Kaiser Manhattan 2
1953 Studebaker on the Dyno
1953 Studebaker with a souped up 289 Studebaker V8 bored out to 302ci.
This one has a custom intake with side draft Weber carbs. Hear the roar of
a true Studebaker V8 through Avanti style glass-pack mufflers.
Studebaker Starliner Coupe
Famed stylist, Raymond Loewy, designed a sleek body for the 1953 Studebaker
Starliner. It was a marked contrast to the bloated bodies coming out of
Detroit. Loewy's sophisticated styling was seen as Studebaker's
competitive advantage and a way to erase its image as a stodgy company from
South Bend, Indiana.
Studebaker Woody Fastback Custom at SEMA from Eastwood
Check out this interview from SEMA 2013 in Las Vegas. The guys from
Eastwood get an up close look at the amazing '51 Stude Woody that was built
by Hill's Rod & Custom in California. It features incredible wood work as
well as a 390 cid Ford Edsel V8 with a rare injection system that was
designed by aircraft engineers and featured on the cover of Hot Rod
magazine in 1959. This was one of the most popular cars at SEMA and we're
sure you'll be impressed after you watch the video.
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