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Restobaker
09-21-2014, 11:42 AM
Fun fact ....

so I was watching mister ed this morning and it dawned on me that most of the show features studebakers ...


The series was sponsored from 1961-63 by Studebaker-Packard Corporation and Studebaker Corporation.[18] Studebakers were featured prominently in the show during this period. The Posts are shown owning a 1962 Lark convertible, and the company used publicity shots featuring the Posts and Mister Ed with their product (various cast members also appeared in "integrated commercials" for Lark at the end of the program). When another Lark convertible served as the official pace car at the 1962 Indianapolis 500, Connie Hines attended the race as part of the promotion.

52-fan
09-21-2014, 01:11 PM
The episode where Ed is driving the M series truck is cute.

JBOYLE
09-21-2014, 01:26 PM
As kid back in the day, that was where I first saw Avantis. The Post's neighbor had one and I understand (and have seen clips posted here) of others being driven by guest stars.

Does SI still sell the Mr. Ed & Lark magnet?

rockne10
09-21-2014, 02:19 PM
In subsequent years Allen Young and Connie Hines both made numerous appearances at various SDC events.

57pack
09-21-2014, 02:35 PM
Wilbur's Wagonaire was also featured quite a lot in one episode when Mr. Ed ran away.

StudeRich
09-21-2014, 08:46 PM
I do not remember if they ever aired a sequence showing Mr. Ed's 3/4 Ton Champ Pickup and his trailer, but I have seen pictures of it and understand it was used for promotional Mr. Ed "Appearances".

The commercials showed lots of Daytona Hardtops and GT Hawks.

37921.Here is my Dad's boss Frank H. Afton the Inglewood, CA Dealer handing Alan Young the keys to his new '62 GT that Studebaker gave him.

Roscomacaw
09-22-2014, 01:11 PM
When Allen took time (15 minutes or so) to talk to me personally at the '96 meet, it was quickly evident what a down-to-earth, regular sorta guy he was.

Radsman
09-23-2014, 01:24 PM
StudeRich,
In the post #6 showing the photo for the keys being given to Alan Young, the license plate on the '62 GT are for '56, why would that be? Just wondering.

JBOYLE
09-23-2014, 01:27 PM
Wilbur's Wagonaire was also featured quite a lot in one episode when Mr. Ed ran away.

One of the few episodes I've seen lately was the going to Mexico on vacation (really, how many people take a horse on vacation?...but I digress) and they towed the trailer with a lark convertible.

studeclunker
09-23-2014, 04:46 PM
I don't know if I would take a horse to Mexico for vacation (one might not get back across the border with him), but I've taken mine on vacation to Yosemite.:D

Lots of horse people take their horses with them on holiday. It's one of the idiosyncrasies of our madness.37951

Restobaker
09-28-2014, 08:58 AM
Another quiet Sunday with mister ed and my coffee

JBOYLE
09-29-2014, 03:47 PM
Lots of horse people take their horses with them on holiday. It's one of the idiosyncrasies of our madness.37951

Hopefully, I won't be the next guest in your motel room. :)

studeclunker
09-30-2014, 01:30 AM
Hopefully, I won't be the next guest in your motel room. :)

LOL, I've never had a horse in the hotel room (imagine sneaking THAT past the desk clerk!), however, I did just spend the weekend sleeping in a horse box at the fair.

Stu Chapman
09-30-2014, 09:46 AM
We have a 1964 Daytona Convertible listed on the Owners' Registry tagged "Mr. Ed Car" on the build order.

It's owned by SDC member Larry Schnell, serial number 64V7085. It was built September 19th 1963 in South Bend with a 259V8, AT, PS, PDB, reclining buckets, padded visors, clock, electric washers and wheel discs.

It now has AC, Turner disc brakes, GM 200R4 OD and Spicer 44 3.73 axle.

Stu Chapman

SN-60
09-30-2014, 09:15 PM
StudeRich,
In the post #6 showing the photo for the keys being given to Alan Young, the license plate on the '62 GT are for '56, why would that be? Just wondering.

Must have been a demo...that Hawk already had a dented lower valance! (air scoop)

autoradiotech
09-30-2014, 09:38 PM
In Calif. the 56 plates were used thru 62 with a year sticker on the rear plate for 57 to 62.