Saturday, January 23, 2010

Emblem - Hubcaps - Map Light - Studebaker Champion

A few new additions to the 1950 Studebaker Champion. We replaced the hood emblem, added the map light lens (although we need to properly install it inside the dash), as well as four new hubcaps.

While I prefer the original hubcaps with the STUDEBAKER CHAMPION text stamped around the perimeter, these replacements sure are shiny. The plan is to eventually re-chrome the original hubcaps.

Hemmings Classic Car Magazine - March 2010

Studebaker owners should check out the March 2010 issue of Hemmings Classic Car magazine. On pages 62 - 67, "Studebaker, The Final Years - Part One: 1964-1965" takes readers through the Gran Turismo, Lark, Daytona, Commander Special, Canadian Special, etc. Part Two will cover the 1966 - 1970 Studebaker story.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Studebaker Meet Up - Business Cards

I'm a fan of printing. Flyers, posters, cards, business cards, books, t-shirts, etc. For fine art I recommend, but for business cards I love

I attend a few Studebaker meet-ups yearly and like to hand new connections something they'll remember - a matte finished, laminated, slightly oversized business card featuring one of the 40 photographs of Studebakers that I've taken over these past few years.

Here is a screen capture of my business card and some of the images featured on my cards. Also, here are a few of my Studebaker images on See pages two and three for other images too.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Studebaker Cavalcade - California Automobile Museum

Through January 31, 2010, the Karel Staple Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club is exhibiting members' cars at the California Automobile Museum. Cars include:

1942 Studebaker Champion Double Dater Coupe
1951 Studebaker Champion Starlight Coupe
1953 Studebaker Starliner Coupe Stock
1953 Studebaker Starlight Coupe Custom
1955 Studebaker President Hardtop 2-Door
1957 Studebaker Silver Hawk
1964 Studebaker GT Hawk

Learn more about the California Automobile Museum here.

87 Classic Cars - George Bugg - Studebaker

And to think that all I'd like is a pick-up!

"Lots of people dream about owning legendary American autos like a Studebaker Hawk, a Hudson Hornet or a 1934 Bonnie and Clyde Ford with suicide doors, but George Bugg did more than dream.

The Athens businessman and car collector owns 87 antique cars and trucks made in 1969 or before, plus a couple of ancient tractors, assorted kids' pedal and Soap Box Derby cars, old neon signs and assorted other memorabilia tucked away in a warehouse near town."

Read the full article and see more photographs on Online

In the photo ... I would recognize a Studebaker side fender vent anywhere.

1955 Studebaker Commander - Studebaker Story

Another great Studebaker story ...

"For Jeanne and Herb Ertel of Brea, the 1955 Studebaker Commander hard-top that you see here started as a “pile of parts” back in 2000, when they came across this classic American vehicle.

But that didn’t deter the couple from restoring it into the beautiful car you see here, which features a 259-cubic-inch V8, automatic transmission and power windows, brakes and steering, all of which came standard on the original."

Read the full story on The Orange County Register website.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Studebaker Champion Modified

There is a 1950 Studebaker Champion in there somewhere ... right?

Read and see 20 Frankencars on

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

1955 Studebaker Conestoga Wagon - 1963 Studebaker Avanti

Today, I received two great photos of Studebakers and a "Studebaker Story" to go with them. Many thanks to Norman K. for sharing. Here you go:

"The 1955 Conestoga Wagon originally had standard 3-speed, column-mounted shifter, and a radio, as its only accessory. I found a '57 Conestoga Wagon ($50 and towing) with automatic transmission and power steering. My mechanic transplanted the '57 guts into the '55. We returned the color to Pima Red (it had faded to pink) and added the black surround to the greenhouse. Interior was red and white vinyl, which we replaced, and made the dash and interior door panels black. Drove it regularly. Sold it to an aficionado.

The Avanti is a '63 round headlight model we bought in LA. It had been silver exterior black interior. We did a frame-off restoration and changed to white with blue and blue-green interior. It was my wife's car, and she drove it all the time. Loved it."

Monday, January 4, 2010

Studebaker - Sacramento - Pancake Circus

"Doc," our 1950 Studebaker Champion, in front of the Pancake Circus in Sacramento, CA. I recommend the photos and audio in the public radio story below. I enjoy visiting the Pancake Circus with my daughter, 5 years. Plus, the coffee is excellent.

"Sacramento's Pancake Circus clings proudly to a '60s coffee-shop culture. It’s a time warp with career waitresses. After spending a couple of weeks talking to the people who work there, food reporter Elaine Corn assembled an audio slide show to give the feel of the place, the vibe, the buzz and a bit of history."

See the full article on Cap Radio's website.

1938 Studebaker President Cruising Sedan

Wow. The St. Louis Car Museum has some amazing cars for sale. Plus, their online photographs and videos are excellent for the fan, voyeur, or researcher.

"1938 Studebaker President 4dr. Sedan; in Deep Blue with a nice gray cloth interior.

This rare car is powered by a 250.4 cid 110 hp. Flathead 8 cylinder engine via a 3-speed manual transmission. Studebaker in the late 1930's named their cars Dictator; Commander; and President with the President the top of the line model.

This Raymond Loewy designed car features the ultimate in art deco styling from the era. The car was assembled in California and spent it's working life in that state. The drive line and brakes have all recently been overhauled plus new white wall radial tires have been fitted. The car also has a spot light, fog lights, turn signals, fender skirts and wheel trim rings. The older respray is still quite presentable as is the upholstry which was done at the same time is also like new."

See the full car profile on the St. Louis Car Museum website.

1957 Studebaker Silver Hawk

There are so many great Studebaker stories surfacing lately. Here's another:

"I grew up in a Studebaker family," Molly Culver says. In Reno, Wis., her father, brothers and uncle all drove Studebakers. "Back in those days," she says, "being a girl, I didn't get a car."

"Her brother, Milward, however, had a Studebaker Silver Hawk that she especially admired. In 2005, with her 62nd birthday fast approaching, Culver decided to fulfill a long-time wish and joined the ranks of Studebaker owners. She soon located a 1957 Studebaker Silver Hawk for sale not far from her Madison, Wis., home."

Read the full Studebaker Story on Philly

Friday, January 1, 2010

Street Scenes - Studebaker - Photographs

The SDC forum has a link to photographs of street scenes from yesteryear that include a Studebaker Lark, Studebaker President, and 1951 Studebaker Commander. How many Studebakers can you find?

See all of the images on the Supercar Registry Bulletin Board.