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mbstude
10-28-2006, 07:00 PM
I've started another blog about the Studillacs. So far I have the article written by Mr. Richard Quinn from the archives on this forum. I'm looking for pics, info, stories, remeberences of them, anything. Here's what I have so far. (note the logo)http://thestudillac.blogspot.com/
I have pictures and a little about it Pat Skelly's Studillac on my main blog, here. http://mbstudebaker.blogspot.com/
Thanks in advance! [8D]

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http://mbstudebaker.blogspot.com/ (always under construction)

lstude
10-28-2006, 08:27 PM
I attended a hot rod show in 1961 when I was 16 years old. I saved the brochure and it has a picture of a guy here in Richmond next to his 53 Studillac. He was a member of the Asphalt Angels car club. When I find the brochure, I will send you a picture.

Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/
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lstude
10-28-2006, 08:27 PM
I attended a hot rod show in 1961 when I was 16 years old. I saved the brochure and it has a picture of a guy here in Richmond next to his 53 Studillac. He was a member of the Asphalt Angels car club. When I find the brochure, I will send you a picture.

Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l288/lstude/Mein64Daytonasm.jpghttp://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l288/lstude/52inyardsm-1.jpg

mbstude
10-28-2006, 08:33 PM
Many thanks! I appreciate it. ;)

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http://mbstudebaker.blogspot.com/
http://thestudillac.blogspot.com/2006/10/studillac.html (Studillac info wanted!)

mbstude
10-28-2006, 08:33 PM
Many thanks! I appreciate it. ;)

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/020avatar_river.jpg

http://mbstudebaker.blogspot.com/
http://thestudillac.blogspot.com/2006/10/studillac.html (Studillac info wanted!)

stude53
10-28-2006, 10:53 PM
Matthew,
Apparently Ian Fleming, the creator of the James Bond character, found the Studillac facinating, and placed it in one of his Bond novels. I found this reference on the Internet.
(From Q-branch)
In the novel Fleming introduced us to one of my favourite, and certainly one of the least known, cars of the 1950's. On a drive to Saratoga Bond gets his first look at the new car of his best friend, Felix Leiter. The car appears to be a black Studebaker convertible. When Felix talks up the car's performance Bond thinks he's spouting nonsense, until Felix stomps the fuel pedal and reveals to Bond the car's hidden abilities. Leiter's car is a special custom job, a Studebaker with a powerful Cadillac engine under the hood. Cadillacs in the 1950s were real performance cars. When the horsepower of the Caddy engine was put into the aerodynamic, light weight,Loewy designed Studabaker body it yielded a potent, high velocity, weapon! Special rear axle, brakes and transmission had to be added to handle the extra power.

This car is not the product of Fleming's fertile imagination. Such a car was actually produced by a specialty shop in New York. It was dubbed with the singularly un-mellifluous sobriquet, "Studillac". But that aside, this car is a real honey!

I know of no source today for the Studillac, but the Raymond Loewy designed Studebaker sports coupes of the mid 1950's are beautiful and special enough on their own to warrant admiration.


Studebaker got their start way back in 1853 making Conestoga wagons. To celebrate their 100 year anniversary in 1953 the firm hired the famous French designer, Raymond Loewy to design their new line of cars. The result was what has been called "America's prettiest car of the 50s". They had adecidedly European look to them. I expect this is why Fleming chose the car for Felix, and why Fleming allowed Bond to admire it.


[img=left]http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j259/stude53/studesmall2.jpg[/img=left]Bob Feaganes (stude53)
53 Starliner Hardtop
Newton Grove, NC

stude53
10-28-2006, 10:53 PM
Matthew,
Apparently Ian Fleming, the creator of the James Bond character, found the Studillac facinating, and placed it in one of his Bond novels. I found this reference on the Internet.
(From Q-branch)
In the novel Fleming introduced us to one of my favourite, and certainly one of the least known, cars of the 1950's. On a drive to Saratoga Bond gets his first look at the new car of his best friend, Felix Leiter. The car appears to be a black Studebaker convertible. When Felix talks up the car's performance Bond thinks he's spouting nonsense, until Felix stomps the fuel pedal and reveals to Bond the car's hidden abilities. Leiter's car is a special custom job, a Studebaker with a powerful Cadillac engine under the hood. Cadillacs in the 1950s were real performance cars. When the horsepower of the Caddy engine was put into the aerodynamic, light weight,Loewy designed Studabaker body it yielded a potent, high velocity, weapon! Special rear axle, brakes and transmission had to be added to handle the extra power.

This car is not the product of Fleming's fertile imagination. Such a car was actually produced by a specialty shop in New York. It was dubbed with the singularly un-mellifluous sobriquet, "Studillac". But that aside, this car is a real honey!

I know of no source today for the Studillac, but the Raymond Loewy designed Studebaker sports coupes of the mid 1950's are beautiful and special enough on their own to warrant admiration.


Studebaker got their start way back in 1853 making Conestoga wagons. To celebrate their 100 year anniversary in 1953 the firm hired the famous French designer, Raymond Loewy to design their new line of cars. The result was what has been called "America's prettiest car of the 50s". They had adecidedly European look to them. I expect this is why Fleming chose the car for Felix, and why Fleming allowed Bond to admire it.


[img=left]http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j259/stude53/studesmall2.jpg[/img=left]Bob Feaganes (stude53)
53 Starliner Hardtop
Newton Grove, NC

mbstude
10-28-2006, 10:56 PM
Thanks! I've read that on the net before. I'll post it.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/020avatar_river.jpg

http://mbstudebaker.blogspot.com/
http://thestudillac.blogspot.com/2006/10/studillac.html (Studillac info wanted!)

mbstude
10-28-2006, 10:56 PM
Thanks! I've read that on the net before. I'll post it.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/020avatar_river.jpg

http://mbstudebaker.blogspot.com/
http://thestudillac.blogspot.com/2006/10/studillac.html (Studillac info wanted!)

stude53
10-28-2006, 11:14 PM
OKAY!

I also have an old rod magazine somewhere that has a good writeup and pictures of the Frick Studillac. If I locate it, and send it to you, can you scan it and return my magazine?

[img=left]http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j259/stude53/studesmall2.jpg[/img=left]Bob Feaganes (stude53)
53 Starliner Hardtop
Newton Grove, NC

stude53
10-28-2006, 11:14 PM
OKAY!

I also have an old rod magazine somewhere that has a good writeup and pictures of the Frick Studillac. If I locate it, and send it to you, can you scan it and return my magazine?

[img=left]http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j259/stude53/studesmall2.jpg[/img=left]Bob Feaganes (stude53)
53 Starliner Hardtop
Newton Grove, NC

mbstude
10-28-2006, 11:16 PM
quote:I also have an old rod magazine somewhere that has a good writeup and pictures of the Frick Studillac. If I locate it, and send it to you, can you scan it and return my magazine?

That would be fine. I'd be glad to. [8D]

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/020avatar_river.jpg

http://mbstudebaker.blogspot.com/
http://thestudillac.blogspot.com/2006/10/studillac.html (Studillac info wanted!)

mbstude
10-28-2006, 11:16 PM
quote:I also have an old rod magazine somewhere that has a good writeup and pictures of the Frick Studillac. If I locate it, and send it to you, can you scan it and return my magazine?

That would be fine. I'd be glad to. [8D]

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/020avatar_river.jpg

http://mbstudebaker.blogspot.com/
http://thestudillac.blogspot.com/2006/10/studillac.html (Studillac info wanted!)