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rjohnston79
05-17-2011, 11:20 AM
Not mine, but looks nice:

http://princegeorge.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehicles-classic-cars-1957-Studebaker-Champion-W0QQAdIdZ281490147

But could it really get the same gas mileage as my 2009 Hyundai?

41 Frank
05-17-2011, 11:28 AM
Lofty claim to make for sure about getting 39mpg. Especially if it does not have overdrive. Oops 37mpg.

StudeRich
05-17-2011, 11:40 AM
That's a pretty LOFTY price as well for a 6 Cyl. 4 Door!
It IS a very beautiful Car, probably just not $14,000.00 and 37 MPG, I could believe 20-25 MPG, maybe a error or typo.

Mark57
05-17-2011, 11:48 AM
Maybe the gallons are even bigger up in that north country??!:rolleyes:

I agree with StudeRich, a nice looking '57 (be a good match for my '57), but I sure would not want a six w/o OD!

2moredoors
05-17-2011, 04:33 PM
Gallons are bigger up here but not that much bigger. Maybe 29 mph with a tailwind.

commander56
05-17-2011, 04:57 PM
think they still use the imperial gallon 5 quarts to the gallon

8E45E
05-17-2011, 05:19 PM
Here we go again! (Different city that time.) http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?8523-I-love-the-color-combination-on-this-57!&highlight=coppertone

Craig

Jim B PEI
05-17-2011, 05:20 PM
If Canadians are quoting MPG, they usually mean the Imperial gallon, which is 4.54609 L per. The US gallon is smaller of course, at 3.785 L per, or pretty darn close to 5/4 compared to 4/4. :):):)So, the ad is bragging the equivalent of 29.6 US mpg. The Factory did get those sort of figures, but only with overdrive transmissions, and only at steady speedy like 30 and 40 MPH. I wonder if it has a 3.73 or 3.54 instead of a 4.10? Reference the 1959 factory mileage chart for 1959S and 1959V at steady speeds.

Seems like they referenced the Alberta ad and just raised the price by $1000 when they moved west to BC. Ad says same owner for last 25 years. Lovely car, I must say. That Midnight/Coppertone would be a rare combination indeed, but it was a factory colour combination for 57 Studebakers ie P-5732. Love that seat material/pattern as well, but it seems like it should be matched with a different outside colour??

2moredoors
05-17-2011, 09:14 PM
My father's "57 Studebaker had a blue exterior with the interior the same colour as the car in the advertisement. He did not have overdrive and he did not receive 29 mpg on an imperial gallon.

Jim B PEI
05-18-2011, 07:12 AM
Ha! If you see that old 59 Studebaker factory chart, they said they got that sort of mileage at steady speeds, but the speeds were *30* and *40* mph. I do know that my automatic 57 Champion can get great mileage at low speeds, but I'm content with the 22 Imp MPG at 90 kph/55 mph. For that BC Champion to get that sort of mileage, he must be parade car driving at 30 mph or less, in high.

Heck, I think I can get over 70 Imp mpg in my VW diesel station wagon if I drive a steady 60 kph/35 mph, front tires at 36 psi, rear at 41 psi, windows closed, A/C off. I must try that slow a speed some day.....

8E45E
05-18-2011, 07:43 AM
Ha! If you see that old 59 Studebaker factory chart, they said they got that sort of mileage at steady speeds, but the speeds were *30* and *40* mph. I do know that my automatic 57 Champion can get great mileage at low speeds, but I'm content with the 22 Imp MPG at 90 kph/55 mph. For that BC Champion to get that sort of mileage, he must be parade car driving at 30 mph or less, in high.

Heck, I think I can get over 70 Imp mpg in my VW diesel station wagon if I drive a steady 60 kph/35 mph, front tires at 36 psi, rear at 41 psi, windows closed, A/C off. I must try that slow a speed some day.....

That was how the won the Mobilgas Economy Runs for several years.....a steady 30 mph in overdrive as long as it was possible.

Craig

dictator27
05-18-2011, 10:06 AM
I had a 48 Land Cruiser which consistently delivered 31 m/Imperial gallon at 50-60 mph. If the US went back to the Imperial gallon, every vehicle in the country would get better gas mileage overnight. :) Or is there an aversion to the word Imperial? ;)

Terry