View Full Version : Gramps' Studes, and a wedding Hawk (pix)

Steve T
07-27-2008, 09:53 PM
Hi all--

Couple memory-lane pix...

1999, my brother's wedding; because a Stude had been at my parents' wedding we decided to try finding one to use for these nuptials 41 years later, settling on this one, a spiffy Corvette-engined 59 Silver Hawk belonging to the past-president of the SDC Hamilton chapter...

And the previous wedding Stude...Grandpa and Mom arriving at the church, September 1958. This is the only known photo showing this car. It's clearly an Exner car (47-52) and a two-door, but we do not know its year, exact body type or trim level. Mom thinks it was a bulletnose (50-51), and that the colour was tan...

Mom and Dad just found this snapshot the other day. Taken in 1956, this shot shows enough Stude to determine a lot more; thanks to the grille diagrams recently posted here, I can peg this one as a 49 Champion. No idea on colour, but this is definitely not the wedding car of two years later: not only is it much darker (and Gramps would not have bothered repainting a car), it's also a four-door...so now I know there are at least two Studes Gramps had that I wish were still around!


07-27-2008, 10:10 PM
The 4-door looks like a W-1 trim level. Rubber gravel guards, single stainless trim in windshield, and no chrome on wing windows.

On the 2-door, my only observation is that the outside door handle is absolutely identical to the ones on my '50 Champion. Can't see any other clues.

'50 Champion, 1 family owner

07-27-2008, 10:12 PM
Thanks for posting the pictures. When I first looked at the one with your Grandpa and Mom, I was shocked. I thought it might be the same picture that I have in my collection, but as I looked closer, I can see that the wheels are a different color and the picture of the Studebaker in mine has a dent in the fender.



Leonard Shepherd


Dwain G.
07-27-2008, 11:52 PM
The Sept. 1958 photo is a 1952 Champion Starlight coupe, Custom trim (C1 body) in Sahara Sand.

Dwain G.

Steve T
07-28-2008, 10:54 PM
Thanks for the input, all, especially the ID on the "wedding" car. My parents' 50th is this Sept, of course; how cool would it be to find a near-match to that car for the celebration...nice to know the exact year, it sort of completes the picture. Once again, this forum rocks!



Dwain G.
07-28-2008, 11:08 PM
Well now Steve, that was just a guess based on what I observed and on the information provided by your mom. If I had gone with her thought that it was a bulletnose, I would then call it a Rio Green '51.

Dwain G.

07-28-2008, 11:11 PM
Good eye Dwain. I was wondering if the lower and upper half plaid seat covers were a clue. The hubcap, too. At first I thought it was a white car, but the dress is much more white than that paint color. Nothing gets by this group. Another picture puzzle piece lesson learned! [^]:D


Dwain G.
07-29-2008, 10:55 AM
I thought about the seat covers briefly. They might well be a good clue, but I didn't take time to look for them in any AC booklets. I was afraid even if I could match them, there was no way to know if they came from a dealers 1 or 2 year old stock, or from Western Auto or Sure-Fit, etc.

Dwain G.

07-30-2008, 12:04 AM
True. I thought after only six years they would still be original, but you never know.. age, or new fashion trends could have just dictated new covers from the dealer by '58, you're right. Not being up on the accessories for those years I thought they might be a one year trim item. Old family Stude pictures are my favorites, thanks Steve. [^]

Steve T
09-18-2008, 10:51 PM
September 6, 2008, was Mom & Dad's 50th anniversary. I haven't got a beige '52 Starlight...and Grandpa has long since passed away...but with Dad standing in for Gramps, and Betty the '62 Lark standing in for the long-lost '52, here's a replica of the 1958 wedding pic half a century on. Kinda cool. (Very intense sunlight that afternoon washed-out the pic a bit, unfortunately. Got to figure out sometime how to fix that.)