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petercalaguiro
10-18-2008, 07:39 PM
I have read references to a Studebaker tristar model somewhere in the 53-54 model year range. What is this referring to?
Thanks,
Peter

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S2DSteve
10-18-2008, 07:49 PM
Early production 53's had tristar hood & trunk emblems. Mercedes Benz complained it was an infringement on their logo, so it was changed to a 'V' on later models. When someone refers to a 'Tristar' model they're just saying it's a relatively rare early production '53.

Not all the tristars were eliminated by the way. They remained on the radio delete plate, horn button, wheel covers and I think some other spots.

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Steve Hudson
The Dalles, Oregon
1949 "GMOBaker" 1-T Dually (workhorse)
1953 Commander Convertible (show & go)
1953 Champion Starliner (custom/rod project)
1954 Champion Coupe (daily driver)
1960 Hawk (future project?)

S2DSteve
10-18-2008, 07:49 PM
Early production 53's had tristar hood & trunk emblems. Mercedes Benz complained it was an infringement on their logo, so it was changed to a 'V' on later models. When someone refers to a 'Tristar' model they're just saying it's a relatively rare early production '53.

Not all the tristars were eliminated by the way. They remained on the radio delete plate, horn button, wheel covers and I think some other spots.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u57/S2DSteve/Family12-1-2.jpg
Steve Hudson
The Dalles, Oregon
1949 "GMOBaker" 1-T Dually (workhorse)
1953 Commander Convertible (show & go)
1953 Champion Starliner (custom/rod project)
1954 Champion Coupe (daily driver)
1960 Hawk (future project?)

petercalaguiro
10-18-2008, 07:53 PM
Thanks for the info.
Peter

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petercalaguiro
10-18-2008, 07:53 PM
Thanks for the info.
Peter

02G0200

redavanti
10-19-2008, 01:16 PM
They were on the center rear ashtray in the coupes

Vincent Habel

redavanti
10-19-2008, 01:16 PM
They were on the center rear ashtray in the coupes

Vincent Habel

tbredehoft
10-19-2008, 02:01 PM
Is there any documentation as to 53s with the V emblem? as to when they were built? In other words, how long did the TriStar survive?



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Tom Bredehoft
'53 Commander Coupe (since 1959)
'55 President (6H Y6) State Sedan
(Under Construction 510 hrs.)
'05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
All Indiana built cars

Roscomacaw
10-19-2008, 02:57 PM
Tom,

The parts book shows the serial numbers for the change in mid-53. But, my '53 Commander was VERY late built in Los Angeles and came with the Tri-stars on it. It was built in mid-late August of '53.

I did find a clue somewheres (can't recall just where right now) that indicated the Tri-stars were used on ALL '53 cars outta the LA plant. Since they required extra holes in hoods and trunks, maybe they tried to use up these things at the LA plant.
Besides a tri-star on the rear ash tray, they were found on the radio delete plate and the horn button as well. I think the B/U lite lenses sported tri-stars as well. So did some accessory items.

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

StudeRich
10-19-2008, 03:11 PM
Let's see Bob, how many items can we remember that they REMOVED the tri-star from?

I remember the:

(1) Hood emblem both C/K & Sedan

(2) Decklid Emblem

(3) Wheelcovers

(4) Back-Up light lenses

Did they actually use the V-S horn Button in '53? or just '54?

I do know that rear ashtrays never changed, as long as that design/shape was used.



StudeRich
Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

StudeRich
10-19-2008, 03:11 PM
Let's see Bob, how many items can we remember that they REMOVED the tri-star from?

I remember the:

(1) Hood emblem both C/K & Sedan

(2) Decklid Emblem

(3) Wheelcovers

(4) Back-Up light lenses

Did they actually use the V-S horn Button in '53? or just '54?

I do know that rear ashtrays never changed, as long as that design/shape was used.



StudeRich
Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

tbredehoft
10-19-2008, 03:14 PM
So, Bob, what's the SN and Body tag from your Commander? Mid to late August sure does seem late in the production year. I have heard that, that some TriStars (if not all) were built right up to the end of the year.

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Tom Bredehoft
'53 Commander Coupe (since 1959)
'55 President (6H Y6) State Sedan
(Under Construction 510 hrs.)
'05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
All Indiana built cars

tbredehoft
10-19-2008, 03:14 PM
So, Bob, what's the SN and Body tag from your Commander? Mid to late August sure does seem late in the production year. I have heard that, that some TriStars (if not all) were built right up to the end of the year.

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Tom Bredehoft
'53 Commander Coupe (since 1959)
'55 President (6H Y6) State Sedan
(Under Construction 510 hrs.)
'05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
All Indiana built cars

StudeRich
10-19-2008, 03:38 PM
Tom, that would mean that the '54's were very late getting released, I sure don't remember them missing their mid Sept. 1953 Introduction! [:0]

I do know that they were late in '55, because of the steel strike.

StudeRich
Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

StudeRich
10-19-2008, 03:38 PM
Tom, that would mean that the '54's were very late getting released, I sure don't remember them missing their mid Sept. 1953 Introduction! [:0]

I do know that they were late in '55, because of the steel strike.

StudeRich
Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

Jeff_H
10-20-2008, 08:47 AM
quote:how many items can we remember that they REMOVED the tri-star from?


Also the wind-up antenna knob.

I am fairly sure the horn button changed too during the '53 MY. I have a nasty "S" one off a late '53 hardtop that was probably original to the car. Seems to me the parts book calls out the change there too.

The '53 C body at the auction I was at this weekend had the late hood and trunk emblems but the tri-star wheel covers. It was a pretty original car with supposedly 44k on it.

Jeff in ND
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'53 Champion Hardtop