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BigB
02-21-2005, 06:17 AM
Hi, my name is Bjoern and I'm a new member of the "Studebaker Drivers Club". I'm from Germany and I own a 1949 Studebaker Champion Starlight Coupe (only 5.917 built). I would love to know two things:

1. Is there another model like mine in this fabulous club?

2. On my computer I virtually lowered the suspension of my Stude (in reality it could be done by an air ride system). What do you think of it?

Best regards,

Bjoern

http://cms2.koepfe.de:8002/mediabase/images/39_stude.jpg

1949 Studebaker Champion Starlight Coupe

BRUCESTUDE
02-21-2005, 12:16 PM
AS A FAN OF THE '47-'52 BODY STYLES, SLAMMING IT LOOKS EXCELLENT! JUST WATCH THOSE SPEED BUMPS.....
THERE ARE ACTUALLY A LOT OF THESE STILL AROUND HERE IN THE STATES, THE STARLIGHTS ARE VERY POPULAR.

Roscomacaw
02-21-2005, 12:23 PM
Hi Bjoern,

There's lots of '49 Starlights still around. Some of them are right pretty. But to be specific, I doubt there's one "JUST LIKE" yours.;)
She looks pretty cool, sittin' low like that. As Bruce said, watch out for speed bumps, curbs and railroad tracks![}:)] But still - it's sharp-lookin' on the ground like that.
I've always like the blinds in the back windows. Really a classic touch! Have you thought about some fender skirts on that beauty?[?][:0]

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studegary
02-21-2005, 03:08 PM
Welcome to SDC with a nice car. My records show 24,736 Starlight coupes for 1949 (both Champion and Commander). I just remembered that Fred K. Fox did a feature article on 1947-52 "Starlight" coupes in the February 2005 issue of Turning Wheels. Hopefully you have this issue. If you joined too late for it, you can get a copy from SDC's back issue service. Fred shows (for 1949), 5917 Champion DeLuxe plus 8982 Champion Regal DeLuxe. Is your car a C3 or C5 (found on body plate on engine side of cowl)? Was your car built for export, or was it imported later? There were only 63 '49 Starlight Champion deLuxe built for export (316 Regal DeLuxe). There are many early postwar Starlight coupes in SDC. It is one of the more popular models, both in stock and modified form.

studegary
02-21-2005, 03:19 PM
By the way, those neat venetian blinds were a Studebaker accessory (AC-1532, $20).

Sonny
02-21-2005, 03:29 PM
quote:Originally posted by BigB

Hi, my name is Bjoern and I'm a new member of the "Studebaker Drivers Club". I'm from Germany and I own a 1949 Studebaker Champion Starlight Coupe (only 5.917 built). I would love to know two things:

1. Is there another model like mine in this fabulous club?

2. On my computer I virtually lowered the suspension of my Stude (in reality it could be done by an air ride system). What do you think of it?

Best regards,

Bjoern

1949 Studebaker Champion Starlight Coupe


I think it looks WILD Bjoern! VERY cool!

Sonny
http://RacingStudebakers.com

raprice
02-21-2005, 06:56 PM
May I offer my compliments on such a fine looking Stude. Other than the suspension change, is the car otherwise stock? Looks like a Champion.
Beautiful paint job.
Rog:)

Bandit
02-21-2005, 10:41 PM
Fantastic looking; Wie Schoen !!

Although I am probably biased, I have a postwar '51 Champion myself .. [8D]

BigB
02-24-2005, 04:01 AM
@MR. BIGGS: I already thought about some fender skirts for my Stude, but I'm not sure yet where to find them! Do you have any ideas?

@STUDEGARY: I think I'll order the specific issue of february you mean, sounds interesting. The body plate says: 8G C5 3299, Gary. The car wasn't built for export, I bought it in North California. So it's not one of the 63 or 316 built for export. :( Can we as SDC-Members get a list of the SDC-Members cars?

@SONNY: Thanks a lot, Sonny!

@STUDEROGER: Hi Rog! The car is totally stock, including the suspension. I did that on the computer just to think about, whether I should change the suspension to air-ride or not. That's right: It's a Champion Regal Deluxe Starlight Coupe. The paint job, when you see it in reality, is - let's say - "okay". The is some rust on the lower end of both doors and a little on the trunk lid.

@BANDIT: I love the 1950/51 Stude with their bullett nose!!! Reallly cool cars!!! Before this one I also thought of buying this cool model year! Your Stude is a "Heisses Gefaehrt!" (which means something like "cool car" in german! :D

Best regards,

Bjoern

1949 Studebaker Champion Starlight Coupe

Roscomacaw
02-24-2005, 09:43 AM
Look at your Turning Wheels Classified ads. Wisconsin Studebaker offers fender skirts for your car.

You can buy the latest SDC roster on a CD and find 49 Champion Starlight owners via it.:D

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studegary
02-25-2005, 03:03 PM
Being a 1949 Champion Regal DeLuxe Starlight (8G C5), your car is the 3299th body of that model, out of a total of 8982. The 5499 number that you quote is for the Champion DeLuxe Starlight (7G C3), not the Regal DeLuxe that you have. You can get a copy of the build sheet for your particular car from the Studebaker National Museum. Your February issue of Turning Wheels may still be coming to you in the mail if you recently joined SDC. If not, you can order it as a back issue.

Bandit
02-27-2005, 05:03 PM
Wunderbar BigB !!

Yes I know a little German, I once dated a girl from Cuxhaven,(norden von Bremen). You have a great car and a beautiful country, where are you from ? I particularly enjoyed Heidelberg and the Bonn/Koeln area.

Here are a few pix of my '51. It's not nearly as nice as your car, mine is a plain Jane, but she's completely stock. It's a mint green colour, with my crappy camera it looks almost white in a couple of the pictures.

http://mateo-f4.homedns.org/bandit/51Stude1.JPG
http://mateo-f4.homedns.org/bandit/51Stude2.JPG
http://mateo-f4.homedns.org/bandit/51Stude3.JPG
http://mateo-f4.homedns.org/bandit/51Stude4.JPG
http://mateo-f4.homedns.org/bandit/51Stude5.JPG



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raprice
02-27-2005, 07:40 PM
Bandit,
Your car looks to be a Custom '51 business coupe. From here it looks great.
Do you have the April, 2001 "Turning Wheels" magazine? There's a good article on all the '51s.
Rog

Sonny
02-27-2005, 08:26 PM
That is one gorgeous bulletnose Bandit! Thanks for sharing the pictures!

Sonny
http://RacingStudebakers.com

Roscomacaw
02-28-2005, 11:44 AM
Hey! I've got one of those! [:0] Wish mine looked like that.:( It's all in pieces now tho.:(

Pretty car. Looks like a shapely, green after-dinner mint! [^]

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N8N
02-28-2005, 04:51 PM
I love those biz coupes! My favorite Stude changes regularly, but the regular holders of the top spot on the list are early C-Ks, postwar biz coupes, and late prewar biz coupes... just purely for styling but most are nice drivers too when fixed up right.

nate

--
55 Commander Starlight
62 Daytona hardtop
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Bandit
02-28-2005, 07:10 PM
Why thank you guys .. My dad and I just completed the body-off resto of it a few months back. The boys at the sand-blasting place were drooling over this car when I took it in. A perfect condition shell just ready to throw a big block in and drag it !! ha ha. With the exception of a hole about the size of a baseball in the left rear quarter panel this car was rust free. Originally from Mississippi. It is a Custom model and is complete with the exception of the mud guards on the back fenders. Just been too lazy or too cheap to order new ones from Newman-Altman or Packard Farm or wherever.

Mr. Biggs - this car too was in pieces, in fact I had all the parts all labelled and strewn out across the basement much to the amusement of my friends and family !! [8D]

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BigB
03-01-2005, 05:18 AM
Hi again!

@STUDEGARY: Thanks for the info on the production sheet through the Studebaker National Museum. I will order one for my car and I think, this will look great on shows framed behind the windshield!
Let's see, if the Turning Wheels from February will reach me within the next weeks. I hope so... ;)

@BANDIT: Thanks a lot for your commendation about Germany. For me, I like Germany, but I love the USA. For business trips if been many times to Detroit, Chicago or Los Angeles, for holiday I've been to Florida two times and for producing a book I was four weeks in California in may last year. I've also been to Woodward Dream Cruise in 2000. It was unbelievable!!! And there will be many more trips to the States, just have to save some money. ;)
WOW, Bandit, you're Stude looks really beautiful! I love the Bullett-Nose!!! Is this mint green the original color? What was the exact name of it? Is it "mint green" or was it called somehow different?

@MR. BIGGS: I had a 1951 Pontiac Cheiftain before. It was also totally in pieces. But - believe me: There will be an end of work and the great moment of driving your "brand new" old car!!!

Yesterday I was driving my Stude a bit around the country here in Germany. At about 23 Degrees Fahrenheit it suddenly started to snow. So, it was the first time for my Stude from California beeing presented to these little snow crystals. ;) And so I made my way cruising back to his garage as fast as the Stude can (which means somehow slow!) ;).

BR,

Bjoern alias BigB

http://cms2.koepfe.de:8002/mediabase/images/39_39_stude_kl.jpg
Livin' in Germany: 1949 Studebaker Champion Regal Deluxe Starlight Coupe

Peter in London
03-01-2005, 06:17 AM
I think that envy has turned me the same delicate shade of green. What a lovely little car!
Peter.

Roscomacaw
03-01-2005, 10:50 AM
Big B,

I know well, the thrill of driving what used to be a pile of parts, down the road. My Stude truck started out as a bare frame and now has more miles on it than I can remember.[:0]
I've got TOO MANY Studebaker project vehicles here and my primary focus at the moment is the 1953 Commander Coupe I found last May. I hope to be able to drive it to the SDC International meet in Spokane Washington, this coming August.[8D]
Besides the 51 Business Coupe, there's a 57 President 2-door sedan, a 55 President Classic as well. I also have a '60 Lark convertible that's a driver and looks pretty sharp.
I've probably had 75 or more Studebakers pass through my hands in the past 32 years of Studebakering. I love all old cars but Studebakers are the cars I'm primarily interested in.;)

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Bandit
03-01-2005, 12:20 PM
quote:Originally posted by BigB

Hi again!
@BANDIT: Thanks a lot for your commendation about Germany. For me, I like Germany, but I love the USA. For business trips if been many times to Detroit, Chicago or Los Angeles, for holiday I've been to Florida two times and for producing a book I was four weeks in California in may last year. I've also been to Woodward Dream Cruise in 2000. It was unbelievable!!! And there will be many more trips to the States, just have to save some money. ;)
WOW, Bandit, you're Stude looks really beautiful! I love the Bullett-Nose!!! Is this mint green the original color? What was the exact name of it? Is it "mint green" or was it called somehow different?


The states are definitely a beautiful place to explore and spend time. If you ever end up out in western Canada, let me know, the rockies are stunningly beautiful as well if you haven't seen them.

As for the car, this colour is as close to original as possible, I took the paint chip to my body guy and he matched it up as close as possible. It is very similar to 1972 Ford oddly enough. The actual name of the original colour escapes me at the moment, it is not mint green, that is just my description of it to people. ;)

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BigB
03-02-2005, 04:42 AM
@MR. BIGGS: Just one word: WOW! I'm very impressed that you had more than 75 Studes in your whole career as a Studebaker-Fan! My modell 1949 is my first Stude, but as because of the fact that I'm working for CHROME & FLAMES Magazine, Europe's monthly published print mag no. 1 about US-Cars and Trucks from the 1930's up to new car tests, I - with my 28 years of age - had at least many chances to see Studes on shows. ;)
Do you have some pics of your present and past cars? I would love to see them...

@BANDIT: I haven't seen the Rockies yet, but I would love to!!! I've been to Canada only one time - Christmas in 2000, but it was the east coast (Montreal). I loved the place. For me it's totally different to the States!
For 1951 Studebaker had the following green colours: Aqua Green, Shenandoah Green and Rio Green.

BR,

Bjoern

http://cms2.koepfe.de:8002/mediabase/images/39_39_stude_kl.jpg
Livin' in Germany: 1949 Studebaker Champion Regal Deluxe Starlight Coupe

Bandit
03-02-2005, 04:12 PM
Hallo Bjoern ..

Yes, I do believe my car is supposed to be Rio Green, the Shenandoah is quite nice but a little darker to my recollection.

Cool that you visited Montreal, however it isn't technically the "east coast" !! It's several hundred more kilometres to the Atlantic Ocean from there :D Montreal is incredible in the summer, the winter is too cold and snowy for my liking there.

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