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mbenson
09-30-2017, 08:41 AM
I recently purchased a 1955 Studebaker Commander Starlight Coupe. How can I tell which model it is, a Regal or a Deluxe? The body plate is 16G8-C5 435.

Thank you,

Michael B

tbredehoft
09-30-2017, 08:44 AM
C5 is the Regal. Nice car.

rockne10
09-30-2017, 10:17 AM
I recently purchased a 1955 Studebaker Commander Starlight Coupe. Now you will want the Body and Chassis catalogs, as well as the Shop Manual. Keep that nice car nice for a very long time! :!:

StudeRich
10-01-2017, 02:56 AM
Sharp looking '55 Coupe.

The 1955 Tail Light Housings and Lenses will be a better fit than the 1953 ones the car has.

Jerry Forrester
10-01-2017, 06:44 AM
C5 is the Regal. Nice car.

Don't all '55 hard tops have a Regal interior?

BobPalma
10-01-2017, 06:49 AM
Don't all '55 hard tops have a Regal interior?

:!: True, Jerry; there are no trim-level 3 1955 hardtops.

But if you notice, Michael's car is a "C" body coupe, not a "K" body hardtop. Therefore, his question as to whether or not it is a Regal is appropriate, since Trim Level 3 coupes were made; not Regal trim. :cool: BP

rockne10
10-01-2017, 01:15 PM
Sharp looking '55 Coupe.

The 1955 Tail Light Housings and Lenses will be a better fit than the 1953 ones the car has.Sharp eye, Rich. I missed that. Not only are the '53 tail lights not correct for the '55, the '55 tail lights are, in my opinion, a safety item, as the lens protrudes from the housing just enough to act as a de facto side marker. And I'm sure there are '53 C/K owners out there who would be more than willing to trade for the correct item. And NO sedan housing would fit; would have to be C/K.

ddub
10-01-2017, 05:45 PM
What specifically is the difference in the trim levels?

StudeRich
10-01-2017, 06:35 PM
What specifically is the difference in the trim levels?

Some people would call the C3 to C5 exterior difference Major Don.
There are NO Window surround MOULDINGS anywhere on the Car! Not the Stainless ON the Glass, the ones below and around it (Belt Mouldings).

You would not get the Wide body side Butter knives either!
The Interiors of course would have simpler, less expensive materials and no Carpeting as well, plus many other smaller interior items like No "Gold" plated Trim, Deluxe Horn Ring etc.

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Jerry Forrester
10-01-2017, 10:50 PM
:!:

But if you notice, Michael's car is a "C" body coupe, not a "K" body hardtop. Therefore, his question as to whether or not it is a Regal is appropriate,

Thanks Bob.
That's what I get for reading the forum on my cell phone and not enlarging the pix.
Or correctly reading the OP.

ddub
10-01-2017, 11:17 PM
Quite a difference in appearance. Looks like worth the upgrade.