View Full Version : 1955 President coupe at our annual main show

03-27-2016, 08:18 AM
Took my 1955 President coupe ( modified with 289 + McCulloch etc.) to our annual main show in Helsinki with some 450 cars and 60.000+ visitors during the four days at Easter. The show is still open one more day. My car is/was the only Studebaker at the show, but it has been receiving quite a lot of positive comments. Many visitors say, that they see one for the first time. Richard Quinn was utmost helpful in providing me with copies of old advertising posters and magazine ads. Thank you Richard - very smooth trans-atlantic co-operation! I made few signs out of the material and that made a big difference compared to many other cars at the show. People tend to stop by and read quite a bit of what Studebaker wrote about the new 1955 models. I did also have a sign explaining the modifications. Even the younger generation showed interest towards the car even though there are a lot of modern rides displayed in the same hall. Also the leading media company approached me at the show with a proposal to make a a few minute film of Studebakers for their website and other broadcasting purposes. My car was originally built as a hot rod in Culver City area in the late 1950s early 1960s. I wanted to keep that look including the maroon paint. Enclosed a few pics from the show.


Chris Pile
03-27-2016, 08:24 AM
THAT is a GREAT color! Love it.

03-27-2016, 08:34 AM
Your '55 President coupe looks spectacular! :!:....Any chance of posting some under-hood & interior shots?

03-27-2016, 08:45 AM
Great photos of your event!

Those photos could have easily been taken in North America looking at all the vehicles and signage. Well done!


03-27-2016, 08:58 AM
Oh Boy Ed, You may have some competition "only not in Town" :woot:

Your '55 President coupe looks spectacular! :!:....Any chance of posting some under-hood & interior shots?

03-27-2016, 12:01 PM
Love it, Pekka. very tastefully done. Way to wave the flag!

Studebaker Wheel
03-27-2016, 01:43 PM
Pekka; Very nicely done. Glad to be of some assistance with the display material.

03-27-2016, 02:53 PM
Oh Boy Ed, You may have some competition "only not in Town" :woot:

Yes Joe, I'd love to see the McCulloch install on this '55! :)

03-27-2016, 03:23 PM
Seriously cool, not often I've seen Presidents without trim + it's a coupe!
In #1/2016 of the Swedish club magazine the Suomi Studebaker club was mentioned as having about 100 members, I hope our clubs can join.

03-27-2016, 03:56 PM
Only 3327 President coupes (C body) built.

This takes me back to 1964 - 1973 when I had a 1953 Commander Starliner with 289 and supercharger (47K mile 1957 Golden Hawk engine) and that car was also a very similar color to yours.

03-27-2016, 08:15 PM
Is that a 1953 rear Bumper? Nice color . Great looking car

03-28-2016, 12:29 PM
Thank you all for the nice comments. The car was very well received at the show. Quite many visitors got interested in Studebakers and I actually got a couple of requests to find a similar project car for them.
The car still needs some work and detailing under the hood. Will post some more pics once the film is being produced.


03-28-2016, 02:12 PM
Beautiful ! The color is very complimentary to the chrome !

03-28-2016, 09:21 PM
:!: 'Way cool, Pekka; thanks for the post. How cool to see an overseas car show.

Is Photo #7 supposed to be "The Class of '57?" :cool: BP