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Scott
04-03-2017, 11:27 PM
I'll start. I guess we could include prototypes, too. Here are the ones I can think of:

1. The Frua Lark(s)
2. Mademoiselle convertible
3. 1953 convertible
4. 1947 (?) woodie

Can anyone think of others?

StudeDave57
04-04-2017, 12:16 AM
I'll start. I guess we could include prototypes, too. Here are the ones I can think of:

1. The Frua Lark(s)
2. Mademoiselle convertible
3. 1953 convertible
4. 1947 (?) woodie

Can anyone think of others?

The Frua Larks are not one-offs as there were four of them~ two sedans and two hardtops.
The two sedans survive, and are currently in storage within about five miles of 'here'.

But adding to your list-- the '55 panel/delivery van prototype comes to mind.
It survives, and last I heard is/was being restored by/for StoneBaker Pizza in Indiana.
It'd be an even better story if it still had it's original powerplant.
I best not go there... :(

mapman
04-04-2017, 12:19 AM
How about the 2 Avanti styling prototypes and the cab forward pickup.
Rob

JoeHall
04-04-2017, 12:27 AM
The late 1950s Hurley Hawk. I was lucky enough to actually see it in 1986, in a shed in Hastings NE.

Also, the Joe Granatelli Avanti with Caddy 429 is close enough to, "factory job" for me.

StudeRich
04-04-2017, 02:39 AM
Sherwood Egbert's Avanti Red '64 Avanti R3 was a "One Off" Car, with many "Personal Special requests" accomplished on it, just not a radical variation from the run of the mill Production Cars.

63239 R-4130 Upgraded '63 first sold/registered in June 1965

SN-60
04-04-2017, 06:05 AM
The "Doctor's Car"! :!:

8E45E
04-04-2017, 07:31 AM
The Brooks Stevens styling studies;
Sceptre, Skyview wagon, and Lark sedan version.

Craig

dannyo
04-04-2017, 07:49 AM
Scott, i sent you a pm, email me if you can on this dannyo.

garyash
04-04-2017, 09:11 AM
The 1963 prototype cabover truck, now in the Studebaker National Museum.
63240

raoul5788
04-04-2017, 10:08 AM
Jim Maloney's '54 Commander convertible. It was featured a few years ago in TW.

Jessie J.
04-04-2017, 10:32 AM
The one off Vince Gardner built 1947 'Studebaker Special'.

qsanford
04-04-2017, 10:33 AM
There are probably many "one offs" if you count certain color combinations and optional equipment. Also, the 1951 Commander business coupe may still survive, somewhere.

Jessie J.
04-04-2017, 10:42 AM
Then there were all of those 'prototypes' and crudely reworked factory wack & hack jobs that rusted into flakes in the oblivion of the Proving Ground, recorded in old photographs.
Sad that that full wrap-around glass Starlight coupe was not rescued, or at least the one-off rear glass, which adapted to a solider example, could have been preserved for posterity.

Guido
04-04-2017, 12:00 PM
Asa Hall's diesel powered Zip Van, the 2 R powered Champ pickups.

studegary
04-04-2017, 01:10 PM
This has branched out to post-Studebaker customs, like Maloney's and Gardner's. Including them would be like including all Studebakers that have been customized (I have owned at least three - depending on how you categorize them.). I think that there were enough one-offs by and/or for Studebaker to limit it to that.

Scott
04-04-2017, 01:34 PM
Yes, I'm really only referring to Studebaker engineering department or factory produced vehicles (and by extension, styling studies contracted by Studebaker).

studejohn
04-04-2017, 02:02 PM
I may have the only 59 two door wagon right hand drive in America and may have the only Indian army sand truck right hand drive Proto type in America. And The only 61 Proto type diesel truck 2 ton. Just maybe. Thanks John

8E45E
04-04-2017, 02:04 PM
And The only 61 Proto type diesel truck 2 ton.

I hope you restore that!

Craig

RadioRoy
04-04-2017, 04:20 PM
Yes, I'm really only referring to Studebaker engineering department or factory produced vehicles (and by extension, styling studies contracted by Studebaker).

How about the Lark sedan with the rear mounted Porsche engine? Would that qualify?

bezhawk
04-04-2017, 08:52 PM
The "Mercedes" Hawk, and the Indy Bullet Nose car still exist. Do any "Sand" cars exist?

DieselJim
04-04-2017, 09:20 PM
The Frua Larks are not one-offs as there were four of them~ two sedans and two hardtops.
The two sedans survive, and are currently in storage within about five miles of 'here'.

But adding to your list-- the '55 panel/delivery van prototype comes to mind.
It survives, and last I heard is/was being restored by/for StoneBaker Pizza in Indiana.
It'd be an even better story if it still had it's original powerplant.
I best not go there... :(
I have lost track of the 55 van. I did install a 289 in it 5 years ago.

Scott
04-05-2017, 01:19 AM
How about the Lark sedan with the rear mounted Porsche engine? Would that qualify?
Yep, it does! I forgot about that one.

fargoguy
04-05-2017, 10:10 AM
How about the Turtle?

Scott
04-05-2017, 02:32 PM
I think the turtle is out there, but it was produced by the corporation, so I would include it in the list. It's definitely unique.

go-studebaker
04-05-2017, 03:53 PM
Hi Guys,
I always liked this cute 1939 Champion Tourer that was at the US meet in 2008. Definitely a 'one off' and given to a girl in 1939 for her 18th birthday to be used at their summer home that I think was in up state NY.

Unfortunately, non of my cars qualify although I have several cars who's actual quantity built you could count on one hand.

What I would love to see is a Skoda bodied Studebaker or one by Sodomka - They did superb continental Czech bodies, but I doubt any of those exist today.


Rearguards
Greg

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rockne10
04-05-2017, 07:46 PM
So, since it's a Shrock Brothers production and not factory, their Boat tail doesn't qualify! :( Seen here at SDC Gettysburg 1980.

63278 63279 63280 63281

Bo Markham
04-06-2017, 09:06 PM
1963 Crew Cab (4 door) 1 ton Diesel. Power steering, power brakes, 353 Detroit Diesel with NP 5 speed OD.

8E45E
04-06-2017, 09:08 PM
1963 Crew Cab (4 door) 1 ton Diesel. Power steering, power brakes, 353 Detroit Diesel with NP 5 speed OD.

Have you restored it yet?

Craig

JoeHall
04-06-2017, 09:41 PM
How about the 57GH 400, that was produced before the 400 was officially produced? The current owner has posted several threads about it here, over the past 2-3 years.

Scott
04-07-2017, 11:27 AM
How about the 57GH 400, that was produced before the 400 was officially produced? The current owner has posted several threads about it here, over the past 2-3 years.
Maybe...It does make it unique.

studegary
04-07-2017, 12:49 PM
How about the 57GH 400, that was produced before the 400 was officially produced? The current owner has posted several threads about it here, over the past 2-3 years.

Wasn't that car modified after it was ordered and delivered to a dealer or is my memory incorrect on that?

8E45E
04-07-2017, 02:07 PM
Wasn't that car modified after it was ordered and delivered to a dealer or is my memory incorrect on that?

If it is this car, yes. http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?89712-Also-a-new-1957-Golden-Hawk-Owner-but-a-400-Hope-so

Craig

STEWDI
04-07-2017, 04:15 PM
Perhaps no "leap" in styling or engineering, but the Wagonaire shown in the '66 brochure was actually a '65 with new '66 bits put on it - by the factory. It still exists, in excellent, restored condition.

Also, Bill Moeser, the Hamilton plant manager had a '64 convertible that had the same treatment done by the factory - made into a '66. That car is in a rusty state and awaits restoration in my home town (no, l don't own it).

AND l just recalled the '35 Touring/Phaeton produced by the Walkerville plant for the President of Studebaker of Canada. It's around, but l've lost track of it.

8E45E
04-07-2017, 05:33 PM
AND l just recalled the '35 Touring/Phaeton produced by the Walkerville plant for the President of Studebaker of Canada. It's around, but l've lost track of it.

Its now in the SNM.

Craig

SN-60
04-07-2017, 05:37 PM
Wasn't that car modified after it was ordered and delivered to a dealer or is my memory incorrect on that?

No Gary, your thinking of the solid Cambridge Gray 1956 Golden Hawk that the Studebaker dealer had a red leather interior installed in before delivery, at the request of the buyer....That GH still exists and is 100% restored! :)

RadioRoy
04-09-2017, 03:48 PM
Here's what the Frua Larks look like.

http://studebaker-info.org/Archive/Frualark/frualark.html

Jessie J.
04-09-2017, 04:15 PM
Gag. Looks like something assembled by a 1950s Soviet communist party committee.

RadioRoy
04-09-2017, 05:10 PM
How about the German four door sedan made for Studebaker in the fifties? It was in TW a few years ago. I think there was only one made. It was slab sided and looked like a small Rolls Royce or Bentley.

8E45E
04-09-2017, 07:05 PM
How about the German four door sedan made for Studebaker in the fifties? It was in TW a few years ago. I think there was only one made. It was slab sided and looked like a small Rolls Royce or Bentley.

Its in the April, 2017, Collectable Automobile.

Craig

Scott
04-09-2017, 08:35 PM
If it was made for Studebaker it would count.

How about the German four door sedan made for Studebaker in the fifties? It was in TW a few years ago. I think there was only one made. It was slab sided and looked like a small Rolls Royce or Bentley.

tsenecal
04-09-2017, 09:46 PM
How about the 1967 Sceptre?

8E45E
04-09-2017, 09:48 PM
How about the 1967 Sceptre?

Mentioned in post 7 already.

Craig