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jims53
10-27-2014, 10:56 AM
This last Sunday morning went to breakfast at a family owned restaurant in the small town near where we live. Was driving the 53 as usual, while eating, a gentleman came up to our table and said "that's a nice looking Thunderbird your driving." not to get into an argument I just said "thank you"... Then he ask me if I had "T" tops for the car? I just said "no I don't"... How far do you let a conversation like that go? Jim

EssexExport
10-27-2014, 11:04 AM
I feel your pain. I usually get twice those conversations with my rides.

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41 Frank
10-27-2014, 11:07 AM
I usually answer: Thank you but my car is a 1953 Studebaker.

Gunslinger
10-27-2014, 11:09 AM
While it's easy to say to try and inform them accurately, sometimes that can be counter-productive...some simply do not like being corrected in front of others. While I prefer to give others the right information, I think sometimes you have to assess them and decide whether to inform or smile and say thanks.

As was told to me many years ago..."you can't educate everyone."

warrlaw1
10-27-2014, 11:13 AM
It happens often. I'd love to see a Baby Bird show up at the PSMCDRs, then I can say: Nope. This is a T-Bird eater (lol). As I've often found, the car guys don't get it right, but the wino on the sidewalk will usually know a Studebaker.

jclary
10-27-2014, 11:15 AM
I think anybody who has had a Studebaker Coupe or Hawk, right on up to '64 GT's have gotten this comment from time to time. I never passed the opportunity to say, "Thanks, but it is actually a Studebaker.":)

Of course, I learned to brace myself for the next question..."Who made Studebaker?":confused::rolleyes:

Pat Dilling
10-27-2014, 11:15 AM
I used to be astounded when people thought my 53 was a Thunderbird. Now I take some enjoyment out of politely thanking them and letting them know it is a Studebaker and that it was on the road a couple years before Ford came out with their Thunderbird.

t walgamuth
10-27-2014, 11:35 AM
Sad but funny....I'd always tell them what it was unless the person looked deranged...;)

Deaf Mute
10-27-2014, 11:41 AM
When people see the STUDEBAKER on the tailgate of my Daughter's '57 pickup; she usually gets the question... "I didn't know Studebaker made trucks". The knowledgeable ones, when they see the “Avanti Powered” and V-8 logos on the hood really question that, until they either hear it run, or she opens the hood.
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ddub
10-27-2014, 12:48 PM
When people see the STUDEBAKER on the tailgate of my Daughter's '57 pickup; she usually gets the question... "I didn't know Studebaker made trucks". The knowledgeable ones, when they see the “Avanti Powered” and V-8 logos on the hood really question that, until they either hear it run, or she opens the hood.
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I once had the opposite comment. A lady saw Studebaker on my Avanti and said "I thought Studebaker only made trucks".

63 R2 Hawk
10-27-2014, 12:57 PM
I've gotten the "nice Thunderbird" greeting a few times, but the one that always gets me is "that's just like the one in the Clint Eastwood movie, except his was black". And it's usually from someone old enough to know better......

Alan
10-27-2014, 01:20 PM
Studebaker did own the rights to the Thunderbird name till they sold or gave it to Ford.

jims53
10-27-2014, 01:34 PM
Studebaker did own the rights to the Thunderbird name till they sold or gave it to Ford.

Maybe I should get one of those 1950-51 "hood medallions" that have the Thunderbird emblems on it on put it on the hood!!! Jim

Alan
10-27-2014, 03:50 PM
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Dan White
10-27-2014, 04:20 PM
Over the last couple of years in parades I get the look it is a Grand Torino, I think Ford made them. The Gran Turismo script keeps many of them guessing what it is.

BobPalma
10-27-2014, 05:10 PM
It happens often. I'd love to see a Baby Bird show up at the PSMCDRs...

:D Actually, Dave; we did.

John Feistritzer of Selma IN, a good friend of mine (and more so Ted Harbit), brought his bronze 1957 supercharged Thunderbird and competed several years ago. :!: BP

Warren Webb
10-27-2014, 08:21 PM
Thanks Alan for inserting the article from the July 2006 Turning Wheels! I'm waiting for the October & November issues so it helped satisfy my thirst for Stude information for at least a day or so.

JoeHall
10-27-2014, 09:14 PM
I have heard the Thunderbird comment many, many times, but 90 percent with the GT, instead of the 56J. It is understandable though, given the striking similarity of the GT and 50s-60s T'bird roof-lines, and overall body shape. A couple of times, I too, have mistook T'birds for GTs, from afar.

The most memorable comment was late 80s, at a rest stop near Palm Springs. My son and I exited the facility and found an older gentleman standing behind the 56J, looking at it. He said, "nice car". I'd had many such comments from folks who would then ask what kind of car it was. So I asked this guy if he knew what it was, and will never forget his reply, "I used to race Corvettes back in the fifties. You better believe I know what it is." I have told this story many times over, and always make the point that he was looking at the rear instead of the front- the rear being the view he was likely most familiar with :)

Sdude
10-28-2014, 12:46 AM
I covered this topic on the cover of July 2013 Hawk Talks

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warrlaw1
10-28-2014, 09:11 AM
That's encouraging, Bob. I'd guess the 57 T-bird was a 292 or a 312...and with a blower? That would make a pretty video. Already planning some upgrades for next year (lol).

53commander
10-28-2014, 09:22 AM
I've had people remark that they must have ripped off the design of the side body lines on my '53 from the Mustang. Studebaker may have invented cool but time travel I don't think so.

studegary
10-28-2014, 01:39 PM
That's encouraging, Bob. I'd guess the 57 T-bird was a 292 or a 312...and with a blower? That would make a pretty video. Already planning some upgrades for next year (lol).

A 1957 would be a 312 cid. Bob P. said that it had a supercharger. That would be an "F" 'bird. A friend of mine, and fellow resident of the Village of Fishkill, NY, bought one new.

studegary
10-28-2014, 01:41 PM
I've had people remark that they must have ripped off the design of the side body lines on my '53 from the Mustang. Studebaker may have invented cool but time travel I don't think so.

That swoop design was really "ripped off" from Deusenburg.

paintim613
10-28-2014, 06:30 PM
Our custom has been, understandably, called a TBird many times. I enjoy telling people that the '56 TBirds probably were (wink, wink) copied from our custom that was on the road in '55. The resemblance is pretty amazing.