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Photoguy
09-06-2016, 01:38 PM
I am aware that dealers and previous owners provided accessories/options that wouldn't be listed on the production order but this order seems very "plain." Would this have been the norm during that period? Perhaps I was hoping for more since there are numerous accessories on the vehicle currently.
58155

8E45E
09-06-2016, 01:46 PM
You don't state what it has for accessories, but it was common for a dealer to load it up with options.

Craig

studegary
09-06-2016, 02:19 PM
It is not unusual for a 1951 Champion to be built with few, if any, options or accessories. This car does have overdrive, Hill Holder and wet air cleaner. Anything else that it may have now was added by the dealer or an owner.

EDIT: Also note that it was built on June 14, 1951 and is not noted as a sold unit. It looks like it was just build-out for stock near the end of the model year.

StudeRich
09-06-2016, 02:35 PM
You have to remember that people in those Days were much more conservative than people today, and Studebaker buyers even more so. :ohmy: Most still remembering their Parents' shock and fear of another 1929 Stock Crash and following depression.

Since that was the case, it would be detrimental to getting an "easy sale" to have Cars on the Lot, Loaded driving the Cost up.
It was a much smarter option to only add what the buyer wanted at the Sale, and that often did not even include a Climatizer Heating and Defrosting System!

Dwain G.
09-06-2016, 03:19 PM
One of the family Studes was identical to this P/0 except for the color.

57pack
09-06-2016, 04:20 PM
My Dad, a long time new Studebaker purchaser, would never purchase a car with a radio. Our last new Studebaker, a 1964 Commander, also had radio delete. I was happy it had a heater!:woot:

StudeRich
09-06-2016, 04:24 PM
/CUT/Our last new Studebaker, a 1964 Commander, also had radio delete. I was happy it had a heater!:woot:

Make that: "NO Optional Radio"!

Photoguy
09-06-2016, 04:52 PM
It is not unusual for a 1951 Champion to be built with few, if any, options or accessories. This car does have overdrive, Hill Holder and wet air cleaner. Anything else that it may have now was added by the dealer or an owner.

EDIT: Also note that it was built on June 14, 1951 and is not noted as a sold unit. It looks like it was just build-out for stock near the end of the model year.

I was wondering if it was just a "stock" vehicle. I was informed one of the previous owners liked to accessorize :) so I didn't know which ones would have been stock or those added at a later date. I haven't looked up all of the part numbers (hoping some would have been on the P/O) but it has several - fog lamps, clock, Climatizer, backup lights (2), outside mirror (2), cigarette lighter, spotlight, radio, and a visor over the windshield. Thank you for the input.

paul shuffleburg
09-07-2016, 09:31 AM
I have a South Bend 51 Commander with a final assembly date of 6-13-51. My body number is
14928 and PHOTOGUYS body number is 10789 and had a final assembly date of 6-14-51. How
can there be such a large difference in body numbers?

BobPalma
09-07-2016, 10:09 AM
I have a South Bend 51 Commander with a final assembly date of 6-13-51. My body number is
14928 and PHOTOGUYS body number is 10789 and had a final assembly date of 6-14-51. How
can there be such a large difference in body numbers?

:) Body numbers were sequential by model (Commander or Champion), body type, and trim level, Paul. Unless your car was also a model 10G-C5, which it isn't, there would be no necessary correlation between his body number and yours. ;) :cool: BP

mbstude
09-07-2016, 12:20 PM
Photoguy.... Your '51 belonged to a good friend, the late Tom Elliott. It was his first car, and he kept until for about 40 years; selling it just before he passed away.

He joined SDC in the 70s and spent most of his adult life traveling to every big Studebaker car show and swap meet for the sole purpose of purchasing every NOS 51 part he could find, mostly accessories. He loaded the car up with options over the years, though he never got around to restoring it as he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease shortly after he retired.

One of my favorite memories is getting that car running for the first time in two decades, and cruising around in it with Tom behind the wheel, while he was still physically able to do so.

Now you know a little more of the back story. I hope you've given the car a great home. :)

rockne10
09-07-2016, 01:08 PM
At Reedsville in 2010. 58179

mapman
09-07-2016, 02:24 PM
This is kind of an off-shoot question, but when a newer car was traded in would a dealer add accessories to make it more saleable and maybe to deplete old inventory?
Rob

RadioRoy
09-07-2016, 07:47 PM
Dealers usually do as little as possible, or spend as little money as possible to doll up a trade in. They will detail and polish the car, but probably not change the oil or lube the front suspension.

Paint and chrome sell a car. Mechanical work? Who cares?

clonelark
09-07-2016, 11:35 PM
My 51 Business Coupe P.O. looks about the same, mine was to a dealer in Morrilton Ar.
although it did have Overdrive. Poor people liked new cars too.