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64V-K7
07-07-2012, 12:27 PM
Found a few pics of this ......

Anyone have any background?
thx

http://www.studebaker-info.org/58-96f6ea995a.jpg

http://www.studebaker-info.org/58-96f6ea995b.jpg

Sdude
07-07-2012, 12:36 PM
Looks like the inspiration for the 2R grill.

dictator27
07-07-2012, 12:42 PM
Interesting! Was this actually at the Studebaker factory or was this an outsourced design? There is a similar car in the background as well as some 47? models. It looks remarkably like this.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Renault_Fregate_R1100_(1953)_,_Dutch_licence_registration_PD-11-17_pic1.JPG

Terry

JGK 940
07-07-2012, 01:07 PM
Well, it's badged as a Studebaker Champion but I have to admit I've never seen it before. Except for the clumsy proportions on the back doors, I like it. Looks like an attempt to downsize, very much like what the guys at Ford were playing with - and also abandoning - at about the same time. Richard Quinn will know.

Roscomacaw
07-07-2012, 03:42 PM
Izzat one ah them Porsche-designed Studes???

Studebaker Wheel
07-07-2012, 03:55 PM
Yes, this was a full scale plaster mock up completed in June 1946 (photos taken 1-21-47). I believe Joe Thompson may have been involved in the design. It is described as "short wheelbase, light weight." Note that it was a two door on one side and four on the other which was common practice for these design mock ups. Judging by the date I can only guess that it may have been under consideration for a possible successor to the '47 Exner design. I note little on this model that was ever adopted on subsequent cars. Just one of many experimental designs that was eventually relegated to the scrap bin.

64V-K7
07-07-2012, 04:40 PM
Here are three more photos of it....

http://www.studebaker-info.org/58-96f6ea995c.jpg

http://www.studebaker-info.org/58-96f6ea995d.jpg

http://www.studebaker-info.org/58-96f6ea995e.jpg

Peanut
07-07-2012, 06:40 PM
I see a lot of Chrysler influence in the front end and deck lid. Maybe just coincidental...

Chris Pile
07-07-2012, 06:43 PM
Boy....that thing is homely.

studegary
07-07-2012, 10:21 PM
To me, most of it (front & side) look better than a 1947 Champion.

Roscomacaw
07-07-2012, 10:29 PM
That thing's UGLY. Looks like something Eastern Europe would've built as an everymans car.