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09-25-2014, 02:36 PM
Hey everybody. I do not own a Studebaker but I do remember them. Looked at some threads and there are some nice Old cars here.

Anyway I signed up to help the wife out. She found this little sign at work and wanted me to find out about it and if it has any significant value by chance.

It measures around 18 inches long and 3 1/2 in the center across.

Not in the greatest shape, but please let me know what you know about. What era it is from too. Thanks and she will appreciate the help you can tell us..Bruce
http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab119/carbineone/studiesign.jpg (http://s855.photobucket.com/user/carbineone/media/studiesign.jpg.html)

09-25-2014, 03:02 PM
This is not a Sign, it is the Studebaker Nameplate used on the back of the Stakebeds, Flatbeds and most Medium to Heavy Duty Studebaker Trucks when Studebaker sold the Truck Body. :)

It should be cast Aluminum, these are available in reproduction. They are a very nice, good looking piece to advertise a Studebaker Truck, since big Trucks have no tailgate to emboss the name into for rear identification.

It is amazing how well the Paint survived after 60 years, considering the corrosion on the rest of it.
It MAY have been repainted.

09-25-2014, 04:17 PM
Nope it is not aluminum. It is Tin. The shiny parts are around the edges and the raised lettering is chrome.

Paint is original I am sure. I do not know about this thing in particuliar, but I do know antiques in general and the paint is original..

She actually found it in the ground so that is why the condition is what it is..Too bad.

We have not been able to find anything even close to it researching the internet.I kinda just figured it was a little advertising sign that hung in a dealership or something. Maybe a promotional thing they gave out if you bought one of their Cars or Trucks.Thanks

Chris Pile
09-25-2014, 04:35 PM
I think Studebaker International still sells those for about $45.

09-25-2014, 04:55 PM
I did not find anything on the website. Do you know where I could find it on there. I assume you are saying they sell a repro of this thing? This is in no way a modern repro for sure. Whatever it is for, it was not made anywhere near recent..Thanks

09-25-2014, 05:15 PM
That is not a repo therefore it must be highly valuable. I've never seen a tin one. cheers jimmijim

M15 Trucker
09-25-2014, 05:39 PM
Studebaker International Inc. sells a remake of that name plate. In their 2014 catalog, look under browse by catagory, then click on related items, then go to item 255. Or you this link:

TX Rebel
09-25-2014, 05:43 PM
here is a nice sign I saw at a local swap meet recently. Price was $7K

09-25-2014, 06:21 PM
here is a nice sign I saw at a local swap meet recently. Price was $7K

There is some reproductions on eBay.

09-25-2014, 06:57 PM
From Bill's page....


dean pearson
09-25-2014, 08:22 PM
here is a nice sign I saw at a local swap meet recently. Price was $7K
Hi Barry I take it you bought the sign for 7k??? Is that a picture of it sitting in your driveway? Or are you the guy still trying to sell it?


09-25-2014, 08:45 PM
Thanks everybody, the one on the rear of that Truck sure looks like it..

Maybe they made them with both aluminum and tin I guess..

09-25-2014, 09:05 PM
Hey carbineone...I see that you are new here and it looks like no one has taken the time to welcome you to our Studebaker world. So, first of all, WELCOME! I suspect you stumbled across our Studebaker forum while attempting to research this Studebaker logo. You may be merely web surfing and not intending to hang around here. Whether you know it or not, the Studebaker Drivers Club (SDC) is one of the largest vintage car organizations in existence (dedicated to a single brand/manufacturer). The legacy of Studebaker as a corporation dates back to pre-civil war, and the family's blacksmith shop before that.

Do a little more digging, and perhaps you'll find enough information to ignite your passions and lead you to join us. Since you already have a Studebaker artifact...all you need is the rest of the truck. Just think of all the "Carbines" you could haul around.:)

I bought a couple of the reproductions that have been mentioned. They couldn't be too expensive, or I wouldn't have bought one.:rolleyes: I have not used them for anything, as of yet, but if the inspiration hits...no telling where they will end up being displayed.:)

Again, welcome. If you decide to sell the ornament...Ebay should get you the biggest audience. Thanks for not tossing the item.:)

09-25-2014, 09:20 PM
Thanks. Why I am not the owner of a Studebaker, I have always loved the Vintage automobiles. My oldest ever owned was a 29 Chevy with suicide doors. I have owned alot of Vintage Cars up till around 1970.

I have a hatred for the newer stuff. Last older one I owned was a 1965 Buick Skylark 2 Door HT. I drive a little 89 Toyota 4x4 Pickup right now. Not really a classic but dependable. I am always keeping my eye out for another older Car though.

Really miss the Skylark.. Love those pedal Cars you have to match the real thing..

Friend has a Studebaker. I think something like a Hawk maybe? Really neat car. He did not know anything about this emblem though.

I will not let her put it on Ebay. I dislike them and that is putting it nicely. I would give it away first I think.

My wife helps a Friend of mine and his Wife do some Tree jobs occasionally and that is how she found it..Would never toss it out like those people did..

Mark L
09-25-2014, 09:23 PM
Check it with a magnet. It looks like chrome-plated iron to me. Tin does corrode, but it doesn't rust. This one looks like it has rust on it.

Mark L

09-25-2014, 10:18 PM
Oh yeah a magnet definitely sticks. It is fairly thin sheetmetal. Backside has quite a bit of surface rust actually..

I would say it is about the gauge of my old 1920s license plates if that gives you some idea..

Studebaker Wheel
09-26-2014, 12:56 AM
For the record those name plates were never offered originally in aluminum. They are a light metal and stamped. Two different people have done reproductions. Hard to believe there would be enough demand? I have two, both NOS. One wrapped up in original paper and never opened. A copy of the original accessory flier below tells the story. Note date (Nov 25, 1947), very late in the M Series production, and the original price $1.75.


09-26-2014, 05:51 AM
Thanks Wheel. That Bulletin explains it better than anything.

So it appears the trucks never left the Factory with them. It was more a aftermarket advertising thing it appears.. I guess they were somewhat durable, but not enough to withstand the years of the underground scenario:)

Not in great shape for sure, but still a neat little sign..Maybe she will want to offer it here for sale but I do not really see a for sale section. Or maybe I will just hang it up with my small plate collection. I suppose yours in new condition, are quite valuable and hard to find.

09-26-2014, 09:25 AM
Carbinone check your PM (private mail)

10-09-2014, 09:18 PM
Is there a section here to list this for sale? I do not see one..Thanks

10-09-2014, 09:21 PM
Go to www.studebakerswap.com and that is where you can list it for free.


10-09-2014, 10:13 PM
Thanks alot.