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junior
02-10-2010, 05:13 PM
Never knew Stude cars went back so far...did the company ever produce an electric car? Is there a photo of such a horseless carriage?
http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss16/studejunior/jan2010067.jpg


It's amazing just how pure and simple this design is, and how well it's stood the test of time. I think the ultimate version of the c/k's for style would have been the 53 K, no front bumper guards, 54 tail lights, painted headlight rims. What do you think? Got to get me a hat like the dude is wearing...stylin'.


http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss16/studejunior/retrobaker/jan2010066.jpg

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

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

jd-stude
02-10-2010, 05:22 PM
Yes they had electric cars. You could buy electric, gasoline or animal powered vehicles from the Studebaker Co.

Sdude
02-10-2010, 07:57 PM
As a matter of fact, Thomas Edison himself helped develop the first Studebaker electric and purchased car number 2. They only produced electrics when they started in the car business in 1902.

Jon Stalnaker
Editor, Hawk Talks
Karel Staple Chapter SDC
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3108/2848527836_6f817c03fc_m.jpghttp://farm3.static.flickr.com/2770/4170198137_50fb7cd22e_m.jpghttp://farm5.static.flickr.com/4026/4213452544_3c10ddff7c_m.jpg

PlainBrownR2
02-10-2010, 08:19 PM
Yep, they produced electric cars(trucks too, but I never see them). This was taken at Omaha, and I believe this was an exact representation of a Runabout, but a neat vehicle nonetheless :D.

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/International%20Studebaker%20Meet%20Omaha/StudebakerElectric1.jpg

[IMG=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/55%20Studebaker%20Commander%20Streetrod%20Project/P1010531-1.jpg[/IMG=left]
[IMG=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/55%20Studebaker%20Commander%20Streetrod%20Project/P1010550-1.jpg[/IMG=left]
[IMG=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/Ex%20Studebaker%20Plant%20Locomotive/P1000578-1.jpg[/IMG=right]
[IMG=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201964%20Studebaker%20Commander%20R2/P1010168.jpg[/IMG=right]

Mark57
02-10-2010, 08:55 PM
quote:Originally posted by junior
Got to get me a hat like the dude is wearing...stylin'.

http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss16/studejunior/retrobaker/jan2010066.jpg


Hey Junior... that "dude" with the "stylin' hat" is none other than Studebaker President Harold S. Vance. ;):)

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

http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x153/MarkH57/046a.jpg

junior
02-10-2010, 10:00 PM
okay, that means I'll double have to get me one...the Prez eh?? Wow, usually you see pictures of Lowey (sp?) in these types of shots even though we know who is really responsible for this timeless design. Junior

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

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

PlainBrownR2
02-10-2010, 10:05 PM
If I recall seeing some of these at the shows, due to the age of these vehicles, many are usually reproduced from either the originals or drawings of the vehicles. There's really nothing to constructing 'em, except the labor of construction. [}:)]

[IMG=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/55%20Studebaker%20Commander%20Streetrod%20Project/P1010531-1.jpg[/IMG=left]
[IMG=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/55%20Studebaker%20Commander%20Streetrod%20Project/P1010550-1.jpg[/IMG=left]
[IMG=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/Ex%20Studebaker%20Plant%20Locomotive/P1000578-1.jpg[/IMG=right]
[IMG=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201964%20Studebaker%20Commander%20R2/P1010168.jpg[/IMG=right]

junior
02-10-2010, 10:17 PM
What powered these electric jobs, and how far did they go on a charge? Usually older electric cars used wet cells that weighed a ton, took forever to charge and had a dismal range. I remember the Autolite Wedge,(at least I think that's what it was called)made for B'ville. The car was more battery than anything else, but sure had a wicked body. Can't wait to see how successful the new GM volt will be, I guess time will tell. Regardless, this Stude is very interesting. Junior.

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

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

PlainBrownR2
02-10-2010, 10:36 PM
I think it was a bank of batteries, electric motor, and maybe a large variable rheostat or switch, kinda like an oversized Power Wheels or an electric golf cart. Evidently they made these from 1902-1912 before switching to gas. They were mainly an urban vehicle, as they didn't need as many refueling centers "balling" around town :D. As for the technical details, range, etc, anybody else know on such things?

I'm not a big fan on using this sort of reference, but here's some more info on the electric cars:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Studebaker_Electric

[IMG=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/55%20Studebaker%20Commander%20Streetrod%20Project/P1010531-1.jpg[/IMG=left]
[IMG=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/55%20Studebaker%20Commander%20Streetrod%20Project/P1010550-1.jpg[/IMG=left]
[IMG=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/Ex%20Studebaker%20Plant%20Locomotive/P1000578-1.jpg[/IMG=right]
[IMG=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201964%20Studebaker%20Commander%20R2/P1010168.jpg[/IMG=right]

rockne10
02-10-2010, 11:00 PM
Electric Studebaker for the first Congressional subway in Washington, DC. On display at Swigart Museum, Huntingdon, Pa.
http://www.swigartmuseum.com/

http://www.swigartmuseum.com/images/studebaker.jpg

Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
http://s57.photobucket.com/albums/g233/rockne10/Rockne/th_Rocknegauges.jpg'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"