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53k
06-11-2008, 01:28 PM
There was a thread on a RV newsgroup that caught my eye (re GM motorhome with an Olds Torornado 455 and front drive). I immediately thought of another motorhome using the same drive train- Cortez. Cortez was produced by Clark Forklfts (not Clarke Floor Machines as owned by Studebaker). However, they must have used some Studebaker parts- saw one at an 80s International at South Bend- was on the show field. It had a Studebaker steering wheel ;). Anyone remember more about it?
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cortez_Motor_Home
The later ones with the 455 were FAST. I was driving on I-80 in Nebraska in something like 1971. I was running about 75 and a Cortez pulling a large tandem axle box trailer went by me like I was sitting still.


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'53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
'64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
'64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
Museum R-4 engine
1962 Gravely Model L (Studebaker-Packard serial plate)
1972 Gravely Model 430 (Studebaker name plate, Studebaker Onan engine)

gordr
06-12-2008, 02:16 AM
I've heard of the Clark Cortez, and I believe they are very well thought of.

To digress a little, there is an Airstream motorhome for sale in Three Hills, Alberta, about 10 miles from me. Anybody know the value?

Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

8E45E
06-12-2008, 04:09 AM
quote:Originally posted by gordr

To digress a little, there is an Airstream motorhome for sale in Three Hills, Alberta, about 10 miles from me. Anybody know the value?



This may be something to go by...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3161/2571951491_c102039900_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3072/2571951919_78e4a4321c_o.jpg

In 1982, a regular customer brought one to the Esso he was test driving to show us. As I recall, the fit and finish was above most of the others on the market at the time, including your Pace Arrows.
Whether the significantly higher sell price at the time was justified or not is open to debate, but you did get the Airstream name and obligatory shiny aluminum skin with some minor doses of imitation woodgrain.

Craig

Dwain G.
06-12-2008, 10:09 AM
In the '70s I had a customer that owned a Cortez. His was a smaller model with a slant six engine. It had early Lark instruments and steering wheel. I always assumed those parts were bought from Standard Surplus, but they quite likely came directly from the original vendor(s).

http://home.comcast.net/~jdwain/images/63.63.jpg
Dwain G.

kurtruk
06-14-2008, 12:07 PM
Saw a caravan of three Cortez motorhomes on the highway a month ago. One had been lowered and had wide custom rims[:p][:0][8D]

KURTRUK
(read it backwards)

StudeDave57
06-15-2008, 05:59 PM
So, after digging around in some of my files- I found these pics from an eBay ad~

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w143/StudeDave/for%20the%20net/69ClarkCortezA.jpg

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w143/StudeDave/for%20the%20net/69ClarkCortezC.jpg

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w143/StudeDave/for%20the%20net/69ClarkCortezB.jpg

Pretty cool, eh [?] ;) [^]

StudeDave [8D]
San Diego, Ca.
San Diego County SDC
www.studebakersandiego.com

'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'

Part owner of the one and only
'55 PROTOTYPE panel van

StudeDave57
06-15-2008, 06:04 PM
Opps!!! I forgot to mention~ for about the last 6 months I've been cruisin' for a motorhome on eBay.
On the rare occasion that one of those Airstreams pops up- they seem to go up to around $15K or better...

Good luck!!!

StudeDave [8D]

edited for spelling...[V]

rockne10
06-15-2008, 06:32 PM
Dash guages and headlight rims sure look familiar.[8D]

StudeDave57
06-15-2008, 06:45 PM
quote:Originally posted by rockne10

Dash guages and headlight rims sure look familiar. [8D]
But NOT the seering wheel or horn ring...[?] [?] [?]

[:0] :(


StudeDave [8D]

jnewkirk77
06-15-2008, 08:45 PM
The wheel and horn ring look familiar to me ... I'm trying to place the grille. It looks like two '70s Chevy (perhaps Malibu?) grilles mated at the bottom. ???

Jacob Newkirk - Owensboro, KY

KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL! Drive a Studebaker!

53k
06-16-2008, 07:39 AM
quote:Originally posted by jnewkirk77

The wheel and horn ring look familiar to me ...

Looks like a GT Hawk steering wheel and the horn ring is the same as my 64s.


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'53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
'64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
'64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
Museum R-4 engine
1962 Gravely Model L (Studebaker-Packard serial plate)
1972 Gravely Model 430 (Studebaker name plate, Studebaker Onan engine)

studeefrek
06-16-2008, 10:09 AM
saw one in fla. it had a 300 cid slant 6 ind. engin

27 commander 47 M5 50 2dr 51 conv. 50 starlite 37 coupe express

Dwain G.
06-16-2008, 12:50 PM
Isn't the grill off an LTD or some such full size '70s Ford?

http://home.comcast.net/~jdwain/images/63.63.jpg
Dwain G.