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HUB
12-30-2009, 05:37 PM
This time of the year always seems conducive to a bit of nostalgia. While scanning the forums I got thinking about some very important Studebakers - the ones we never owned or drove anywhere but on the highways of our imagination back in the day.
When I hit high school I was already car mad. I sometimes wonder what my grades would have been if all those hours spent with Road & Track, Car & Driver, Motor Trend, Motor Sport, Hot Rod and such, had been spent with the text books?
Anyway, all that "research" primed my imagination to give me virtual ownership of two cars. One was a GT Hawk, '62 - '64 vintage, dark green, 4spd, strictly stock. The other was a '59 - '63 Lark 2dr sedan, canary yellow with Cragar mags (big wide ones on the back and skinny ones on the front), a Hurst shifter, big tach on the column and an all black interior. Minor bells and whistles changed from time to time but those were always the basics.
So what were your dream Studebakers back in the days before you had a driver's permit?

Allan - Ontario, Canada
1963 GT Hawk
1964 Daytona Convertible

BobGlasscock
12-30-2009, 05:43 PM
I didn't have a dream Studebaker. I had a Studebaker dream. Getting my driver's license so I could drive the Studebakers we already had.

'50 Champion, 1 family owner
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg316/studebakerbob/SDC%20avatar/Studebakerstuff019.jpghttp://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg316/studebakerbob/SDC%20avatar/Studebakerstuff018.jpg

63t-cab
12-30-2009, 05:51 PM
My day dreams while in high school led me to owning a 55 Speedster(in my mind only)that never became reallity,though I did own a nice 55 President State H.T. and two 55 sedans,one of wich I still have.

Joseph R. Zeiger

silverhawk
12-30-2009, 06:29 PM
Can a person thats still a teen answer this? Or just old farts? [:o)]:D

Dylan Wills
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr200/1961lark/My%201961%20studebaker%20lark/Watcomcountyminimeet09andJamesBe-2.jpg
'61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon

Milaca
12-30-2009, 06:31 PM
I think young farts can answer it also. ;)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2714/4214451713_e3b746ee90_t.jpg
1949 2R17
R is for Rusty
In the middle of Minnesota

Mark57
12-30-2009, 06:35 PM
I didn't have a "dream" Studebaker 'til my early 20's... What I have now is very close to that dream, except for the tonnage! ;):)

<h5>Mark
'57 Transtar Deluxe
Vancouver Island Chapter
http://visdc.shawwebspace.ca/ </h5>

http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x153/MarkH57/IMG_0196a.jpg

Bo Markham
12-30-2009, 06:51 PM
Brand new 64 R2 Avanti, still on the show room floor in 1966. Took until 1999 for me to find the right 70,000 mile car.

mbstude
12-30-2009, 07:01 PM
quote:Originally posted by bomarkham

Brand new 64 R2 Avanti, still on the show room floor in 1966. Took until 1999 for me to find the right 70,000 mile car.


Since I'm still a teenager for 3 more months...

I'll go with a '63 Diesel crew cab.

Matthew Burnette
Your Friendly Stude Trim Bender
http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk179/1959S2D/th_mouldinnnnn001-1.jpg

silverhawk
12-30-2009, 07:07 PM
Awesome![:o)][quote]Originally posted by Milaca

I think young farts can answer it also. ;)

I've got quite a few actually. The ones that actually have a chance of happening (Come on, lets see how much R3 Avanti's and Golden Hawks go for.:( ) I think it would be fun to do a mild custom on another '61 wagon, know of one too! (I wonder how Craig?[8D] ) I'm thinking keep it looking fairly stock, paint it Flamingo (I have NEVER even seen a picture of a wagon that color!), don't know of the wheels yet. I also don't know what I want for tires in the front, but the rears would be neat to have a repro set of cheater slicks. The engine would be a extra 259 4V I got, with a R1 cam, ect. The tranny would be a T-85/overdrive with a top shifter conversion on it. The rear would have a TT dana 44, with low gearing, I'm thinking something like 4.10, or maybe even as far as 4.56. It would then have a homemade set of traction bars (got the spring plates for it to already!) to assist with getting traction.;) I'm not sure on the interior yet though, I'd probably go with a white/flamingo (or something similer) to go with the exterior. So, I'd have a mostly stock wagon, and my mild custom street machine.[8D] I already have ALOT of the parts for this paticular car, I need a T-85 (a friend has one, lets see how long though,LOL) the bell housing for it, ect. Ways off still. I'd still like to do a R3 4 speed equiped '63 standard wagonaire, but thats a ways off. (I DO know of a '63 standard wagonaire, was offered to me, just no space. Lord willing, it will stick around long enough for me to have space for it, this '61, and maybe a couple others.[:p] )

Ok, this young fart will shutup now.......:D

Dylan Wills
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr200/1961lark/My%201961%20studebaker%20lark/Watcomcountyminimeet09andJamesBe-2.jpg
'61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon

Flashback
12-30-2009, 07:11 PM
In 1959, when I was 15 and had a 53 champion c body coupe,
I dreamed of a 53 Commander, with some mods, I had seen in
the "small" latest issue or Rodding and Restyling. It was
black with red interior. Had a 55 engine with such mods as
a Offenhauser "KIT" and Mallory ignition, etc......... Well
here I am 50 years later and that dream is about half come
true, sitting in my garage. Hopefully, I will be able to
drive my "DREAM STUDEBAKER" about April. I'm grinnin'.

Tex E. Grier
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn320/Flashback53/DSC_0045-3.jpg

tbredehoft
12-30-2009, 07:13 PM
I'm still driving mine. It was a dream in High School, I drove the wheels off my '50 Land Cruiser then. I got my coupe while in college, Jan, '59. It's been considerably restored since then, but again looks good. See below.

[img=left]http://www.alink.com/personal/tbredehoft/Avatar1.jpg[/img=left]
Tom Bredehoft
'53 Commander Coupe (since 1959)
'55 President (6H Y6) State Sedan
....On the road, again....
'05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
All Indiana built cars

Invalid User Name
12-30-2009, 07:40 PM
When I was in Jr. High one of the guys in high school had a bullet nose Stude painted Canary Yellow. The bumpers were gone and pans were in their place. The front end was almost on the ground and it had huge tires on the back. It had a V8 and the sweetest glass packs that I had ever heard. It had black leather interior and a floor shifter. He used to blow the doors off the 55 - 57 Chevys that all the rich kids had. I used to dream that someday I would be driving that car. When this guy graduated he went into the Army and I never saw him or the car again.


Doug
Venice, Florida
1950 Champion
9G F1
http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m15/w4jdz/Stu-1.jpg

Milaca
12-30-2009, 07:48 PM
As a kid my grandpa had a book printed circa 1971 and it had listed every U.S. car company in it up to that year and had pictures of a car from many of these companies. The picture I most admired was from a car company named Studebaker and it was of a 1956 Golden Hawk. It wasnt my "dream" car of my teen years however but I thought it would be nice to have one someday. I didnt have a dream car until I turned 17 and discovered a 1963 Daytona convertible in an Auto Shopper magazine and the car was up in Duluth, MN. My dad liked old cars and I suggested that he buy it for himself, but he said that I should by it for myself and I thought "yeah, good idea!". This was in 1987 and I had never even heard of a 1963 Lark Daytona convertible and found it very unusual which really appealed to me. Long story short, I bought the car and it sits as a rusty hulk in my shed. Even as a 38 year old, it is still my dream car. Someday....

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2714/4214451713_e3b746ee90_t.jpg
1949 2R17
R is for Rusty
In the middle of Minnesota

2R5
12-30-2009, 07:54 PM
I'm like Bob G.....I was driving my dream as a teenager ....a ' 52 Starlite Coup that was originally my grandfathers....oh now i dream of getting it back !



[IMG]http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l300/2R5/smallchamp-1.jpghttp://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l300/2R5/2008Daytona.jpg
Home of the Fried Green Tomato
"IF YOU WANT THE SMILES YOU NEED TO DO THE MILES "

1960 Champ
1964 Daytona HT
1966 Daytona SS

Gary1953
12-30-2009, 08:09 PM
I remember seeing an Avanti commercial when I was 13 and thought it was the neatest car ever.
I've wanted one ever since.


http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l269/gsandes50/116-1-1-1.jpg
Gary Sanders
Nixa, MO
President Toy Studebaker Collectors Club. Have an interest in Toy Studebakers? Contact me for details.

8E45E
12-30-2009, 08:17 PM
quote:Originally posted by HUB
So what were your dream Studebakers back in the days before you had a driver's permit?


At that age, ANY Studebaker would have worked for me!! At 16, I no longer had to dream. And I still have the car, so I don't have to dream of wanting it back!

The oldest pic I could find, about a year-and-a-half after I bought it.

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/134/378356712_3f7dd889bf_o.jpg

Craig

showbizkid
12-30-2009, 08:39 PM
I had never seen a Studebaker in person until I was about 16. I was a car nut already, and found that a guy a couple blocks away owned a '57 Golden Hawk and a '58 Silver Hawk. Turned out he was the treasurer for the San Diego SDC chapter! I thought those Hawks were gorgeous, and lusted after them actively :)


[img=left]http://members.cox.net/clarknovak/lark.gif[/img=left]

Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard
http://studeblogger.blogspot.com
www.studebakersandiego.com

Aussie Hawk
12-30-2009, 09:39 PM
This was my dream car. I saw it drive past one day while waiting for a bus home, fell in love with it straight away, then found out it was for sale. Bought it about 8 months before I got my licience, did some work on it, couldn't wait until I could drive it legitimatley.

http://i911.photobucket.com/albums/ac311/Aussie_Hawk/RedHawk1973.jpg

Matt
Brisbane
Australia

HUB
12-30-2009, 10:39 PM
Some great stories and pics here - old dreams and new dreams! Good to know that there is a new generation in their teens still with their Studebaker dreams. That's what will keep the hobby and the club alive and thriving. Roll on Studebaker!


Allan - Ontario, Canada
1963 GT Hawk
1964 Daytona Convertible

fstst56
12-30-2009, 11:08 PM
We bought what ended up being my first car brand new in '61.
I was 5 years old. It was a robin-egg blue 2 dr HT Lark.
In getting it ready for when I turned 16, we painted it
red, white & blue to match the Trans Am Javelins being
driven by Mark Donahue for Roger Penske. I soon repainted
it myself. This time it was black with flames across the
front. Cragar S/S wheels.

Then, before I had my license I bought a '53 coupe that was a block
away in a garage up-town. I got my friend to go with me and
we towed it back to my house with a Cub Cadet.

After I got my license I still spent a good deal of time daydream-
ing about what I wanted to build next. It would be a bullet nose
Starlight Coupe. It would be chrome yellow with tinted windows.
This was before 1974. I got married in 1976 and a guy came into
the shop where I worked and told me where I could get a '50 Star-
light Coupe. My young bride went with me to look at it and I
bought it for $300.00. Guess what. I painted it chrome yellow
with tinted windows.

HUB
12-30-2009, 11:18 PM
[I bought a '53 coupe that was a block
away in a garage up-town. I got my friend to go with me and
we towed it back to my house with a Cub Cadet.]

Now that's a sight to imagine! :D

Allan - Ontario, Canada
1963 GT Hawk
1964 Daytona Convertible

jasontaub9
12-30-2009, 11:36 PM
When I was in high school (1978-1980) a good friend and I would go to Terminal Island drag strip and watch his dad race his 59 lark hardtop with a 540cid Cadillac engine doing low 10s I was hooked. Everyone else had Fords and Chevys in my School (North Torrance high)so I drove a 50 Starlight coupe thinking I was so cool. We would cruise Strand Blvd in Redono Beach and the girls would screem "It's Fozze Bear's car" Not the image I was after but now it makes me laugh.

StudeDave57
12-31-2009, 12:01 AM
Dad got this car many years before I was born,
before he meet my Mom, I'd bet...

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w143/StudeDave/My%20Rides/BetsyOct03-1.jpg

Later she got sold, and then Dad her bought back.
I'd always wanted that car growing up.
Now Betsy is mine!!!! I had also always wanted
(and now have) a few of her sisters, too...

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w143/StudeDave/for%20the%20net/R1-24.jpg

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w143/StudeDave/My%20Rides/PartyGirlsII.jpg

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w143/StudeDave/SDC%20pic%20post/moto_2052.jpg

sorta like I had always dreamed...



StudeDave '57 [8D]
Ferndale, WA

'54 Commander Regal 4dr 'Ruby'
'57 Parkview 'Betsy' (she's a 2dr wagon)
'57 Commander DeLuxe 2dr 'Baby'
'57 Champion Custom 2dr 'Jewel'
'58 Packard sedan 'Cleo'
'65 Cruiser 'Sweet Pea'

Milaca
12-31-2009, 12:13 AM
quote:Originally posted by StudeDave57

Dad got this car many years before I was born,
before he met my Mom, I'd bet...
Later she got sold, and then Dad bought her back.
Now Betsy is mine!!!! I had also always wanted
(and now have) a few of her sisters, too...



sorta like I had always dreamed...



StudeDave '57 [8D]
Ferndale, WA


Dave, I'm sorry to hear that your dad sold your mother (Betsy) and then rebought her. I think your relationship with your mother and aunts is VERY inappropriate....especially since you dreamed about it for a long time. I think your family should appear on the Dr. Phil show as you all need professional help. :D

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2714/4214451713_e3b746ee90_t.jpg
1949 2R17
R is for Rusty
In the middle of Minnesota

candbstudebakers
12-31-2009, 12:15 AM
Back in 57 just got my lic. and a friend would always get his mothers car, it was a 52 2 tone light and dark Blue Studebaker convert. commander with auto, always wanted one of them, remember watching the 52 Indy races and it was the pace car that year, still see it in my day dreams today, still never got one of my own yet either, have had other 52's but not the convert...Bob

Bob Peterson / C & B Studebakers

Castro Valley, CA
canbstudebakers-
http://i691.photobucket.com/albums/vv271/canbstudebakers/CedarRapids210.jpg

junior
12-31-2009, 12:35 AM
8E45E...That Stude must be from Edmonton seeing it has a CHED & Royal Reserve & Commonwealth Games stickers on the rear window! My dream Stude is the first one I ever had a ride in which is the first CAR I ever had a ride in...my 54 Coupe. Second in line is the 64 Supercharged GT 4speed that my Dad brought home...he was testing out the rebuilt carb that had just been installed on it, man was that ever a cool (and fast) ride. Junior

http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss16/studejunior/stude0909023-1.jpg

54 Champ C5 Hamilton car. In my family since 1958.

8E45E
12-31-2009, 12:41 AM
quote:Originally posted by junior

8E45E...That Stude must be from Edmonton seeing it has a CHED & Royal Reserve & Commonwealth Games stickers on the rear window!


You forgot the Ray-Val Motors sticker!!:D

Indeed, it is an Edmonton car! I bought it from my neighbor up the street in 1976. First time I ever saw what became my was in August, 1967 when I moved into the neighborhood. He also had a white 1965 Daytona Wagonaire as well.

Say?? Is that the Fish Creek Library in the background in that pic of your car?

Craig

StudeDave57
12-31-2009, 01:12 AM
quote:Originally posted by Milaca

Dave, I'm sorry to hear that your dad sold your mother (Betsy) and then rebought her. I think your relationship with your mother and aunts is VERY inappropriate.... especially since you dreamed about it for a long time. I think your family should appear on the Dr. Phil show as you all need professional help. :D
I think YOU might need some help dude... [:0]
(count on it!!!)
If you can get on the show- I get half the cash!!!

The car's name is Betsy (check my sig-line)
Mom's name is NOT~ nor do I have any Aunts~
single kids both of my parents are, don't ya know... ;)


StudeDave '57 [8D]

1950 Champion RegalDeluxe
12-31-2009, 02:28 AM
I wanted a 1951 Starlight V8 Champion that seemed to pass from hand to hand around town and I always loved the early 1950's Studebakers through the Golden Hawk.

I always loved the Hawk, but I viewed them as unobtainable.
Everyone I knew that ever had one would never sell it, or wanted a price far above what I could pay for a car that needed far more work than I could affordable accomplish.

...1950 Studebakers are relatively plentiful and easy to own, so I have one still.

Truth be told my teenage dream was my dad's 1940 Ford Pick-up.
(also unobtainable)

The Studebaker was my sweet victory.

clonelark
12-31-2009, 03:37 AM
In high school i drew cars in class all the time. I bought car books at the drug store next to my mom's beauty shop, I was in love with custom cars. Grew up with Buicks in the family so i was always a Buick guy till i started drag racing. My cousin married a guy with a 53 or 54 Studebaker, It had a 409 in it. And in the car books a 53-55 Studebaker was known as a poor mans Vette. I had to own one. My first street car (not my first car) was a 52 Chevrolet coupe and i installed a 54 Buick engine in it around 1962. Had a lot of fun with that car. It wasnt untill the early 90s when i finally found a 55 Coupe, then found a 54 K i liked better so the 55 was sold to a guy in Witchita Ks, The 54 still awaits restoration today, but will be started soon.

If it wasn't for the last minute i'd never get anything done.
http://i45.tinypic.com/2ue1tap.jpg

Rerun
12-31-2009, 04:11 AM
I went along with my father when he was buying a brand new '64 Daytona at Mervis Motors in Pittsburgh. They had an Avanti on the showroom floor, and I was hooked! My goal was to have a shiny red Avanti some day. It took 44 years, but I got one. :D

Jim Bradley
Lewistown PA
'78 Avanti II
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd35/bradley71771/DSCF4815E1.jpg

8E12T6
12-31-2009, 08:54 AM
Well (1962 grad) I remember sitting in study hall (library) drooling over the 53 C-K's and Golden Hawk's. All of that changed one day when a rich kid's father purchased a White Avanti for him to drive to school. I don't remember if the first time I saw it was 62 or 63 but the fond memory is still with me. Twas a 4 speed to top it off and it really did sound sweet. Makes me wander how the young man is today and what happened to HIS first car. I'll try to find out. pwb

warrlaw1
12-31-2009, 09:06 AM
I bought my dream car around 1975 in Elkhart Indiana for $200. It was a black 55 Commander Coupe. It had no first gear, but I put it on the road anyway. Drove it as my only vehicle for a couple of years and then in 77 I was leaving the country so I gave it to the transmission shop for my unpaid bill. I have a 55 hardtop now that's been completely pulled apart and should be back on the road this year. The itch never went away.

junior
12-31-2009, 09:29 AM
quote:Originally posted by 8E45E


quote:Originally posted by junior

8E45E...That Stude must be from Edmonton seeing it has a CHED & Royal Reserve & Commonwealth Games stickers on the rear window!



Say?? Is that the Fish Creek Library in the background in that pic of your car?

Craig


you bet, it's shot from the second floor of the Sears parkade at South Center, that used to be my private little handling proving ground for my 240z, drifting around the light standards at first sunlight on Sunday mornings, what a riot, mall security didn't think so. Man I miss that car. Junior

http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss16/studejunior/stude0909023-1.jpg

54 Champ C5 Hamilton car. In my family since 1958.

D Davis
12-31-2009, 09:49 AM
First time poster here. My dream stude was a 46 M5 pickup. my dad had one as a daily driver when I was about 7 years old. Then when I was about 14 another guy in our town was driving one around, Maybe the same truck. Anyway finally when I was 35 I came across one and bought it. Now I am 48 and I am doing a frame off restoration on the truck when I have time. I also have a 57 parkview wagon and a 51 champion.

D Davis
12-31-2009, 09:51 AM
First time poster here. My dream stude was a 46 M5 pickup. my dad had one as a daily driver when I was about 7 years old. Then when I was about 14 another guy in our town was driving one around, Maybe the same truck. Anyway finally when I was 35 I came across one and bought it. Now I am 48 and I am doing a frame off restoration on the truck when I have time. I also have a 57 parkview wagon and a 51 champion.

52-fan
12-31-2009, 10:29 AM
I was almost out of my teens before I really got interested in cars. My first car was a rusty 59 Lark, but I wanted a 53 coupe with a SBC and 4 speed. I thought I was going to look at a 53 the day I bought my 52 Starlight. No regrets, Old Spot has been lots of fun and got me into the SDC, but it's not a 53.

http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s186/52-fan/StudebakersofArkansas2-1.jpg"In the heart of Arkansas."
1952 Champion Starlight w/overdrive. Searcy, Arkansas

Kurt
12-31-2009, 10:48 AM
I was not into Studes in Highschool, early 80's. i drove a 73 Buick Centuuy 350 4 barrell, maroon with a white top. Pretty car. I always liked the mid sized Buick's better than the Olds Cutlass that everyone else was wild about. Wish I could find one of those again someday. Any way, not to highjack the thread, my ultimate highschool Stude would be a 64 R2 Daytona 4speed with American Racing torque thrust D mags.

66 Commander R1 Clone
51 Commander 4dr

JBOYLE
12-31-2009, 11:43 AM
quote:Originally posted by Milaca


quote:Originally posted by StudeDave57

Dad got this car many years before I was born,
before he met my Mom, I'd bet...
Later she got sold, and then Dad bought her back.
Now Betsy is mine!!!! I had also always wanted
(and now have) a few of her sisters, too...



sorta like I had always dreamed...



StudeDave '57 [8D]
Ferndale, WA


Dave, I'm sorry to hear that your dad sold your mother (Betsy) and then rebought her. I think your relationship with your mother and aunts is VERY inappropriate....especially since you dreamed about it for a long time. I think your family should appear on the Dr. Phil show as you all need professional help. :D

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2714/4214451713_e3b746ee90_t.jpg
1949 2R17
R is for Rusty
In the middle of Minnesota



:D:):D:):D:):D:):D:)

63 Avanti R1 2788
1914 Stutz Bearcat
(George Barris replica)

Washington State

8E45E
12-31-2009, 12:47 PM
quote:Originally posted by junior
you bet, it's shot from the second floor of the Sears parkade at South Center,


I live right close to mall/library, and when I saw that you live here in Calgary, it was instantly recognizable.

Craig

benaslopoke
12-31-2009, 01:23 PM
Saw a 53 K coupe at the tender age of 15 and the fire was lit.. Got a beauty 3 years later.. Many memories from the drags, traveling and dating, parked with both doors wide open and ----, Oh well.. Several thousands of miles later and a Caddy engine.. WONDERFUL !! WONDERFUL !!
I WILL GET ANOTHER ONE !!

Ben

jnormanh
12-31-2009, 04:24 PM
Incident #1 - Driving home from college late one night with a friend who had a shiny new '61 tri-carb 389 Pontiac. Deserted road until headlights behind us. Friend put his foot in the Pontiac, headlights stayed on our bumper until we were flat out. Then a solid black '57 or '58 GH blew past us like we were tied to a post.

Incident #2 - Jackson MS, '64. Another friend walked into the local Stude dealer, acted like a genuine buyer, and talked the dealer into letting us "test drive" a spanking new white R3. Don't know how fast it would go, but it would turn the rear tires into clouds of smoke.

Yes, it was a real R3, but at the time, it was "just another" factory hot rod.

rockinhawk
12-31-2009, 04:57 PM
I did alot of dreaming as a teenager. two of my dream cars were a black 57 Hawk. and a dark red Avanti. I now own my 3rd black Hawk.(one 56 and two 57's). My wife owns a dark red Avanti. NT


Neil Thornton
Hazlehurst, GA
'57 Silver Hawk
'56 Sky Hawk
'51 2R16 dump truck
Many others.
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/avatar2.jpg

HUB
12-31-2009, 06:15 PM
Great to read these stories of dreams come true. May 2010 put many more dreams in your driveways. Happy New Year to all.

Allan - Ontario, Canada
1963 GT Hawk
1964 Daytona Convertible

Laemmle
01-01-2010, 12:09 AM
Very unusual for three generations of NYC/metro Jewish families to be Stude aficionados. But grandfather Sam started it and my father continues it with a '50 Commander then '56 Golden Hawk.

The first time I actually saw an Avanti in the flesh...as opposed to a magazine.......was in early '63. I was a newspaper carrier in Valley Stream, New York. My route consisted of the Green Acres shopping center. Across the street from the stores is the Green Acres apartments.........it is there that I saw the car for the first time....in the apt parking lot. I rode my bike over to the car dropped the bike and just gazed at the car for what seemed an hour. Wow........this car looked like something from outer space! After I delivered all my papers I went home and actually got my dad to drive the car over after dinner for a look.
I continued to hound my parents for some time until they caved and purchased an Avanti for my in late '66 early'67.
She is still with me today 43 years and 107k miles later!

rustybits
01-01-2010, 03:26 AM
A Studebaker was a rare sight for me in Oz as a kid except for the Lark Police Cars in the early sixties, the first one I really noticed was a Finned Hawk, in '66 or '67, don't know what model it could have been, but it sounded great to a 16 year old and looked fabulous. It was black or at least very dark grey or blue

http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww143/rusty1bits/mine/sdc1.jpg

1962 GT Hawk
Waterloo, Victoria
Australia

Bullet
01-01-2010, 06:01 PM
In '76 I had just graduated from college. I was driving over to the OR coast and as we came into Newport, I saw the ugliest car I had ever seen to that point in my life. A salmon pink starlight coupe. I did not know what kind od car it was, so ask my dad. He said a Studebaker. A few weeks later, when working in Tracy, Ca, I mentioned to my co-workers about this ugly car I saw. One of the guys said oh there is one like that in the neighboring town and it is for sale. I went and took a look at it and $400 later I drive it the 35 miles home. I still have it to this day, see signature photo. It really was salmon pink when I got it over the peagreen (factory color). It is part of the family now, as we have had it over 33 years.

bi-line, the dy after buying my Studebaker, I received my orders to go into the USAF, and so it sat in a barn until my return 4 years later. But I was able to collect parts in ND and UT and dream.....



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Bullet
01-01-2010, 06:02 PM
In '76 I had just graduated from college. I was driving over to the OR coast and as we came into Newport, I saw the ugliest car I had ever seen to that point in my life. A salmon pink starlight coupe. I did not know what kind od car it was, so ask my dad. He said a Studebaker. A few weeks later, when working in Tracy, Ca, I mentioned to my co-workers about this ugly car I saw. One of the guys said oh there is one like that in the neighboring town and it is for sale. I went and took a look at it and $400 later I drive it the 35 miles home. I still have it to this day, see signature photo. It really was salmon pink when I got it over the peagreen (factory color). It is part of the family now, as we have had it over 33 years.

bi-line, the dy after buying my Studebaker, I received my orders to go into the USAF, and so it sat in a barn until my return 4 years later. But I was able to collect parts in ND and UT and dream.....



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s2dbkr
01-01-2010, 07:21 PM
If I was to dream all over again it'd have to be a '33 5w Commander.

http://www.angelfire.com/super/1950bulletnose/33Commander1.jpg

http://www.angelfire.com/super/1950bulletnose/33stude.jpg

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Personal Website - 1950 Studebaker Retro-Rod Project
www.1950studebakerretrorod.com

Swifster
01-01-2010, 08:34 PM
I hate to say but I never had a Studebaker dream. Growing up in the '70's & '80's, my dreams were Mopar related. I've always wanted a '63 Chrysler 300J (still do) or a '68 or '69 Road Runner. I consider my Daytona to be a Studebaker opportunity.

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Tom - Mulberry, FL

1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $2161.27)

1964 Studebaker Commander 170-1V, 3-speed w/OD (Cost to Date: $623.67)

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Anne F. Goodman
01-01-2010, 09:12 PM
I was talking to my Husband David the other day and he mentioned that he finally has his Dream Car in our garage. He has always wanted a GoldenHawk. Never thought that he would ever have one. He had a Black & white 1957 Silverhawk when he was 19,sold it. It would be 2000 before he got another Studebaker it was our Green& White 1957 SilverHawk. We were supposed to sell the Siverhawk once the Golden was done but its such a member of the family that we don't want to sell it.Just thought that I would share his story.

Mabel 1949 Champion
Hawk 1957 Silverhawk
Gus 1958 Transtar
The Prez 1955 President State
Blu 1957 Golden Hawk
Daisy 1954 Regal Commander Starlight Coupe
Fresno,Ca
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G T Joe
01-02-2010, 06:36 AM
I have to say my teen age years I liked Avanti's but my favorie was a "Baldwin motion street racers special" that was a Chevy Biscane with a 427 ci 425hp with a auto or 4speed and any gear ratio you wanted with a posi-traction rear, and HD.springs,shocks and over sized sway bars and it came Dyno tuned, and it was 2995.00. I tried to get my Dad to take me to buy the car but there was no way to get to NY. and I ended up wwith a new Superbee with a 440, for the same price but thats a another story for another time.

hotrodstude
01-02-2010, 09:37 AM
my first car was a studebaker,1957 commander 2-door sedan with 259 v-8/3-speed manual,black and white.good body and interior.bought it when i was 12 for $125.00,by the time i was legal to drive i had put an j.c.whitney cam,floor shifter,4-barrel intake with afb carb,dual exhaust,set of chrome reverse rims with baby moons,glasspacks,red line tires(recaps,never had any problems with them),it was my daily driver through high school,did a little drag(street)racing beat a few cheevys but lost most of the races.at 13 i had bought a 56 ford customline with a 272 with a bad rod knock and a 3-speed overdrive.it later became my cheevy killer.how did i get my money,simple i cut lawns,shoveled snow,did odd jobs,fixed old cars for the old people.it was a great time in my life,i also put a ford station wagon rear in the stude 4:27 gears,it was a dana rear.i really liked the 57 stude was going to put a nailhead buick in it but got a 56 cheevy 210 2-door real cheap,just had to tow it away,no engine or trans.

2006,f-150,2x4,v-6,5-speed manual,8ft bed, will post stude info when i get it on the road.

RareBird
01-03-2010, 06:46 PM
My first car a 54 landcruiser, then a 63 sliding roof wagon, and finally a 64 daytona. I drove these in my teens. Always (since age 15) wanted a Packard Hawk - but not a beige one. At the age of 49 I finally got the car of my teenage dream, but it's beige [|)]. This car will oneday be perfect, in every detail. And it won't be beige!:D

http://i657.photobucket.com/albums/uu300/PackHawkDaddy/My%20Packard%20Hawk/P6230004.jpg
Packardbakerly,
J.D.

Sdude
01-03-2010, 07:17 PM
I'll have to take this back one more year. I was almost twelve when I went to the Wilson and Coffee Studebaker dealership in Stockton California and sat in the brand new white Avanti. [:p][:p][:p][:p]I thought that car was a space ship from the future. Even the dash was futuristic.

I don't think ANY car has ever excited me that much. And I spent most of my youth peddling my bicycle around looking at the new cars before they got to the showroom.

Jon Stalnaker
Editor, Hawk Talks
Karel Staple Chapter SDC
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HawkGT
01-04-2010, 02:31 AM
The '62 GT came out when I was 15 and starting to really get car crazy... It was definitely my dream car, and I rode my bicycle to the only nearby Stude dealer almost every Saturday to see them, 10 miles through city streets. From what my mom knew I was going to see nearby friends; she would have been horrified to know where I was actually riding that bike..!

I got my license in the summer of '62 and my folks let me buy a '54 Chanpion 4 door that came up for sale for $35. I fixed it up and got a lot of mileage out of it, but a lady hit the side a year later, and by then I had to have something a bit closer to the GT -- got a '53 Commander Starliner with overdrive that I WISH I still had today. But I sold it when a low mileage '63 GT came along (in the early 70's) that I still have today. And now that the family is raised and on their own and I'm doing less international travel for work, I've almost got the GT back in shape again..

Gene Nagle
1963 Hawk R1

Nelsen Motorsports
01-04-2010, 12:48 PM
Well if you look at my signiature you will find out the first, but second would be a 59 Lark 2 door or 2 door wagon with a transplanted 289 four speed with R3 heads, a tunnel ram, and Ansen rims with fat cheater slicks.

http://i558.photobucket.com/albums/ss29/NelsenRacing/n1558086144_30050401_419-1.jpg
Alex Nelsen, 15 year old Studebaker nut.
1954 Champion Coupe
Lizella, GA

D Davis
01-06-2010, 02:57 PM
First time poster here! My dream stude was a 1946 M5. My dad had one as a daily driver in the mid 60s. I grew up doing weekend fishing trips and hauling coal and firewood in that old truck. In 1995 i found one for sale and bought it. I drove it for several years just as it was. Now I an doing a frame off restoration on it.

Sdude
01-06-2010, 06:05 PM
One thing you need to know about the addicts that frequent this forum....

<h3>We want pictures!</h3> [:p][:p][:p];);)

Jon Stalnaker
Editor, Hawk Talks
Karel Staple Chapter SDC
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