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DEEPNHOCK
01-23-2012, 08:31 AM
Interesting to see people out there searching for their long lost Studebaker.
But, what are the odds?
Pretty good, I'd say....
Considering......
Since 1950, Studebaker built 1,801,510 automobiles
(source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Automobile_Production_Figures)
Since Ford built 1,594,053 in 1964 alone........
(same source)
That should make searching all that much easier in comparison.
Food for thought.
Jeff:cool:


1950 320884
1951 246195
1952 167662
1953 151576
1954 91121
1955 116333
1956 69593
1957 63101
1958 44759
1959 126156
1960 120465
1961 59713
1962 89318
1963 69555
1964 36697
1965 19435
1966 8,947
TOTAL 1801510

kmac530
01-23-2012, 11:13 AM
I remember some discussion on this before, but, roughly how many Studes do we guess are out there in garages? Do we know how many are still registered? I know there is a registry, but that is only some of them. I am sure not everyone out there driving Studes even has a computer let alone has them on a registry.

Educated guesses?
How many Turning wheels subscribers are there? International club members?

Lou Van Anne
01-23-2012, 12:43 PM
It is possible...with some luck. For many years I've hoped to find a Studebaker that was sold by my family's dealership, Van Anne Impl. Co., Rock Rapids Iowa and add it to my collection. This past year, Mr. Dean Merrell, Reeds Springs Missouri responded to one of my old posts on this forum. He has a '51 Champion Convertible that his father purchased new from my father. It has been in his family since then, and he doesn't want to sell it. Guess I'm going to have to steal it some dark night. (Dean, would you leave the keys in it...I'm to old to push it up on my trailer by myself...anyone in the Reed Springs area willing to help me?).

PackardV8
01-23-2012, 01:01 PM
Here's a local guy crying in the wilderness. Anyone help him? http://spokane.craigslist.org/wan/2755941912.html


Have you any info about the where abouts of this '55 Studebaker? May have the words "the stud" on the fins. Was sold in '63 to a gentleman who lived off S. Altamont and 5th or 6th. Would like to know if it was wrecked,sold,what ever. Tag was CEJ-803. Moved back to area and would like to connect with car from past. If you have any info, please call Bob at (509) 465-0394. No calls after 8pm please!

jack vines

Champ51
01-23-2012, 05:38 PM
Lou,

To heck with leaving the keys out. I keep leaving all the tools out, so when you make your late night "visit", you will at least help with re-assembly.

Dick Steinkamp
01-23-2012, 06:14 PM
I remember some discussion on this before, but, roughly how many Studes do we guess are out there in garages? Do we know how many are still registered? I know there is a registry, but that is only some of them. I am sure not everyone out there driving Studes even has a computer let alone has them on a registry.

Educated guesses?
How many Turning wheels subscribers are there? International club members?

This site...

AACA (http://forums.aaca.org/f169/antique-car-survival-data-275133.html)

...says 1%. That seems low to me and may apply mostly to pre war cars.

However, I found this on the net...
Survival Rate (http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:H2fnHAQVes4J:cta.ornl.gov/data/tedb30/Spreadsheets/Table3_11.xls+what+is+the+car+survival+rate&cd=15&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=safari)

...which indicates .8% for 30 year old 1980 cars and .4% for 30 year old 1970 cars.

There are 13,000 SDC members. I would think each owns at least one Stude. Maybe an average of 2? My guess is that there are 50,000 surviving Studes total...around 3%. A higher percentage of Hawks than 4 door 6 cylinder Larks or trucks.

Other guesses?

SN-60
01-23-2012, 09:40 PM
It really surprised Me when I read on another thread that 40+% of Packard Hawks have survived in one condition or another. It seems the '55 Speedster survival rate is also pretty good. And '63-'64 Avantis?- I think
they all still exist! (kidding)

Michidan
01-24-2012, 09:48 AM
I could take a guess on how many 52 hardtops are still around. It's still only a guess, but there are about 40 cars on my registry or at least known to me. Add another 40 that are un-discovered. So lets say there are 80-100 left on the planet. These would be an "average" Studebaker car, as there was nothing special about a hardtop in the 50's or 60's. 26,667 were made so we are talking between .3 and .4% left.
I'd say the survival rate site knows what they are talking about.

blue55
01-25-2012, 01:23 AM
At one time I worked with a mopar crazy car finder. This guy could sniff out a classic from miles away. What i learned, is there are far more classics out there than most people believe. Many are junk that the owner will "restore someday", and some may. I saw a Packard Hawk, in a barn in the middle of Nevada, next to a 427 Corvette. Cudas, Superbees, you name it. A 1937 Rolls Royce in a shed. While the numbers that see the road again are falling, there are still many that have made it to this point, albeit not in the best of shape. I would love to have some of the cars I parted out in the 90's.

Lou Van Anne
01-25-2012, 02:04 PM
Lou,

To heck with leaving the keys out. I keep leaving all the tools out, so when you make your late night "visit", you will at least help with re-assembly.

Well then, I'll just wait till your finished!...will we both live that long?