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raoul5788
04-04-2016, 03:04 PM
I know virtually nothing about the bullet nose models, but have a chance to buy one.
It's a '50 Commander Deluxe 4 dr sedan. Does anyone know if the upholstery is original?
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royvaldez
04-04-2016, 03:11 PM
It does not look like it. No

62champ
04-04-2016, 03:56 PM
Looks like it might be a time-period seat cover - wonder if the original seats are under???

thunderations
04-04-2016, 04:09 PM
I also vote "NO". Studebaker used a lot of grey, mostly cloth with some models getting vinyl seat backs and sides. Never used a broad stripe, that I know of.

52-fan
04-04-2016, 04:19 PM
That cover may be period correct. It could have even been dealer installed. A year or so after I got my first 52 I got up the nerve to remove the ragged covers. The seat looked like it had never been sat on.

rockne10
04-04-2016, 05:17 PM
Looks like it might be a time-period seat cover - wonder if the original seats are under???That would be my most curious thought. It appears to be an aftermarket period cover. One could hope!

63t-cab
04-04-2016, 05:51 PM
Chip, how's the Body and Floors? the Interior looks pretty good after all these Years.


I know virtually nothing about the bullet nose models, but have a chance to buy one.
It's a '50 Commander Deluxe 4 dr sedan. Does anyone know if the upholstery is original?
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StudeRich
04-04-2016, 06:01 PM
A plus is, I see the O.D. Handle! :!: A Commander "245" with Overdrive, can actually get going quite well with 4.56 or 4.09 rear Gears, and still Cruise pretty well!

I would not fret about the Seat Covers, they look period correct and should wear well.
The Originals would have been a closer match to those original Door Panels.

raoul5788
04-04-2016, 07:12 PM
I haven't seen the car yet, I will on Saturday. The pictures do look promising!

dpson
04-04-2016, 07:34 PM
Chip,

Yes, what the others said, those are seat covers, but are in real nice shape. Chances are the original material, a pinstriped fabric, is underneath.

Looks like a pretty decent unmolested car.

Keep us posted.

raprice
04-04-2016, 07:34 PM
All the best!!!

Rog

raoul5788
04-04-2016, 07:40 PM
A few more pictures, any feedback would be appreciated.
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wayne
04-04-2016, 07:46 PM
My 51 commander had the original seat covers when I got it and did not look anything like that. It had a narrow strip nylon cover with no vinyl . I may have saved some of it I will check too see if I can find it

52-fan
04-04-2016, 08:03 PM
Seat covers (the kind that goes over the factory upholstery) came in a variety of colors and patterns. I have 3 different ones here right now that would fit my 52 and be correct for the period.
As several have said the actual upholstery is probably gray with a pattern. It was nice looking, but did not hold up well in heavy use and many people covered the seats from the time they were new.

Bullet
04-04-2016, 09:42 PM
Given the head light surrounds, it looks like an early 1950 to me. other options were all chrome and all plain, no chrome at all.

Otherwise a very nice looking find. Would like to see more pictures after you look at it!

Mark

dpson
04-05-2016, 07:37 AM
Looks like a good wash would make it shine!

63t-cab
04-05-2016, 08:40 AM
Chip, You might have good one here. I wonder if this is the Car Wayne Carini went to possibly buy,until He saw It was a 4 Door :confused:. He ended up buying a couple Motor Cycles from the same Fella instead.the surrounding setting looks familiar from the Episode any ways.


A few more pictures, any feedback would be appreciated.
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unclemiltie
04-05-2016, 08:55 AM
I had a 50 commander I got from the original owner. He put covers very similar to yours on it. When I took them off I had nice original covers except for a split in the rear seat bottom

raoul5788
04-05-2016, 12:40 PM
Chip, You might have good one here. I wonder if this is the Car Wayne Carini went to possibly buy,until He saw It was a 4 Door :confused:. He ended up buying a couple Motor Cycles from the same Fella instead.the surrounding setting looks familiar from the Episode any ways.
Well, there goes my surprise! The guy that owns it (actually his in-laws I think own it) told me about Carini coming to look at it.

rockne10
04-05-2016, 01:27 PM
Richard Quinn has a set of venetian blinds for sale for that model.

Lothar
04-05-2016, 03:49 PM
The painted, rather than chromed, headlight surrounds would indicate the "custom" (lowest) trim level, rather than "deluxe", trim level, but that could also be the result of a repaint.

unclemiltie
04-05-2016, 05:17 PM
The painted, rather than chromed, headlight surrounds would indicate the "custom" (lowest) trim level, rather than "deluxe", trim level, but that could also be the result of a repaint.
Not true for 1950. Early cars had painted headlight rims and chromed radiator grills. Later cars had chromed headlight rims and alum or painted grills. It was not uncommon for dealers to put chrome grills on earlier models.

raoul5788
04-05-2016, 07:08 PM
The id plate says 17A-W3, so it's a deluxe model 4 dr Commander.

TWChamp
04-05-2016, 08:46 PM
That's identical to the first two Studebakers I bought in the late 60's, and it looks very good in the pictures.
I'd buy it in a heartbeat and would NOT remove the seat covers.
Just vacuum out all the mice crap, wipe off the dust, wax the paint, and lube all the moving parts, then enjoy the heck out of it.

swvalcon
04-05-2016, 08:54 PM
Yea Wayne the weinee doesn't seem to care much for Studebakers

TWChamp
04-08-2016, 12:09 PM
Here is a very nice original low mileage 1950 Commander with W-5 trim that I almost bought 2 years ago. I thought I had a close up of the seat pattern, but I can't find it right now. This is the nylon upholstery.

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deco_droid
04-09-2016, 07:57 AM
Looks to be in decent shape. If the price is right, would be a nice car to get back on the road.

raoul5788
04-09-2016, 01:17 PM
I'm leaving soon to look at it. Hopefully it's as nice as it looks in the pictures.

TWChamp
04-10-2016, 07:59 AM
Looks to be in decent shape. If the price is right, would be a nice car to get back on the road.

Studebakers are so underappreciated and undervalued, that the price is almost always right. LOL

raoul5788
04-10-2016, 11:44 AM
The car is very solid, maybe even a very low mileage. I'd have to see maintenance records to be sure. It hasn't been driven since 1984 or so. I didn't check to see if the engine would move, but I would before making a firm offer. There are a couple of places with small welded patches and one very small area at the front bottom of the right quarter panel with some rot. I made a lowball opening offer just to get a price out there. He's going to get back to me when he has a better idea of what he thinks it's worth.

BRUCESTUDE
04-10-2016, 08:53 PM
Nice find! Those '50 Commanders are cool because of the extra front end length, compared to the Champions...plus they are great cruisers! Car looks fairly original, a bonus even tho it'll need TLC.

Chrycoman
04-11-2016, 04:31 PM
Not true for 1950. Early cars had painted headlight rims and chromed radiator grills. Later cars had chromed headlight rims and alum or painted grills. It was not uncommon for dealers to put chrome grills on earlier models.


Actually, the chrome headlight rims were introduced when the low priced Studebaker Champion Custom was introduced in mid-year 1950 (no Commander Custom until 1955). At that point all DeLuxe and Regal models of Champion and Commander got the chrome headlight rims. The Custom also had painted tailight bezels and no rear quarter panel gravel guards. Not even the rubber ones.

So, this one is an early production Commander DeLuxe (no chrome trim around the windshield). Looks like all it needs is a cleaning and a change of the fluids.