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    Most famous Studebaker?

    Is it Ted's Chicken Hawk?
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    What is the greatest exposure a Studebaker has had within pop culture?

    Maybe...

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    I think that it's the red Budweiser, horse drawn wagon.

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    Ron Halls Avanti has to be up there


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    Quote Originally Posted by sgriggs View Post
    What is the greatest exposure a Studebaker has had within pop culture? Maybe...
    Agree! If exposure is the criteria, absolutely no question the Muppet movie Studebaker was seen by more than any other anywhere, any time. Did they know what it was? Probably not.

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    Kinda depends on how big the world is...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hallabutt View Post
    I think that it's the red Budweiser, horse drawn wagon.
    Most exposure, YES! I would have to agree, although probably not even 1 percent of the world knows it's a Studebaker. -----Most famous as a Studebaker--Fozzie's car.

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    Fozzie's Studebaker introduced me at 6 years old.

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    Fozzie's Studebaker is still at it , As it is in some Nespresso commercials and some network is doing a special on the Muppet movie, Ed

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    I'll vote for the Muppet Movie too. It's probably the reason most non-Studebaker people think of the Bullet Nose when they think of Studebaker, despite that it was just a two year gimmick. 

    A guy at work was surprised when a '52 popped up for sale on HAMB and it didn't have the bullet.
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    Before I clicked on this thread I took the time to think what it would be ... I thought the muppet Studebaker as well .. The Budweiser wagon is famous but rarely does anyone know who made it .. I have a full sized poster of the Muppets with the bullet nose and I will never sell it lol ..
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    I guess I should have asked for the most famous Race Car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by t walgamuth View Post
    I guess I should have asked for the most famous Race Car.
    24723713163_544e22470a_k-crop2.jpgThis gets my vote.
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    Quote Originally Posted by t walgamuth View Post
    I guess I should have asked for the most famous Race Car.
    As far as the general public is concerned, then the Muppet Movie car would no doubt be the most famous, as others have clearly stated.

    But if one narrows it to just racing fans, probably the 1952 and 1962 Indianapolis Pace Cars would rate very high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by t walgamuth View Post
    I guess I should have asked for the most famous Race Car.
    I'd lean toward the Granatelli cars at Bonneville. In particular, the one Paula Murphy drove, since it got used in advertisements for several products, such as Sears, Valvoline, Champion Spark Plugs, STP, along with Studebaker. It helped that she also became the fastest woman on wheels in the process and that was noted in newspapers at the time along with nearly every car magazine.

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    The early Indy cars, imho, at the time...

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    In context of "famous at the time", it would probably President Lincoln's barouche. Any of the presidential carriages, for that matter, got a ton of exposure for the firm at the time, I'm sure.
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    This car would get my vote. The Burke Bros Avanti. Raced since 1963. Over 30 records set with the fastest being 239.208. Raced consecutively for over 40 years. Put seven people in the 200 mile per hour club. And is being set up to go racing again soon.

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    If its a race car then for me I would think it might be the Plain Brown Wrapper at the 1/4 miles pure stock ..
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    I know this has moved to race cars. For the general public, it seems most know of the Golden Hawk.
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    My 66 covered in mud at the International Meet? Haha, just kidding, I think Fozzie bear's Bullet nose!
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    Hey Eric--

    What'd you do, go offroading at the Foundry site? Geez, my '62 didn't get anywhere near that muddy. Or stuck, either. :-)

    By way of nostalgic comparison, here's Eric's '66 backing in at a Mapleview cruise-in circa May 2008 with a rear bumper treatment Marcks, Hazlequist & Powers never thought of...



    As to famous Studes, Fozzie's '51 wins hands down (and the bear himself identifies it as a Studebaker right there in the movie); for racers, probably the Chicken Hawk for recent years, maybe Frank Mundy's NASCAR Strictly Stock Commander back in the day?

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    Yesterday as I was driving my CE around town a fellow slowed down as I was sitting at the light and shouted "is that a Hudson?" I shouted back, no Studebaker!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by t walgamuth View Post
    I guess I should have asked for the most famous Race Car.
    Defining "famous" and "Race Car" might help too.
    Webster defines famous as known or recognized by very many people. I'd assume that means many people out of the world's population, not just restricted to a small segment. Of course, there is a much smaller segment who would know of or recognize any Studebaker, since more than half the USA population was born more than 10 years after the last Studebaker was built. Fame is fleeting, as are the accomplishments that created it. We tend to remember the first to accomplish something, but rarely any after that.

    Defining race car becomes even a larger task, due to the large number of categories of racing and if the cars were dedicated to racing or were simply involved in a racing event.

    Given the ambiguity of the question, I doubt if there is a correct answer, or rather just several opinions.

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    Actually I think it depends on the definition of "is"
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    Quote Originally Posted by t walgamuth View Post
    Actually I think it depends on the definition of "is"
    I agree.

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    Not a race car, but the Studebaker Electric that ran underground in Washington DC had a long life and a lot of press.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve T View Post
    By way of nostalgic comparison, here's Eric's '66 backing in at a Mapleview cruise-in circa May 2008 with a rear bumper treatment Marcks, Hazlequist & Powers never thought of...


    Looks like it is ready to be on the set of Trailer Park Boys up there in Canada, eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4jc8z View Post
    Looks like it is ready to be on the set of Trailer Park Boys up there in Canada, eh?
    Its only temporary......unless it works!
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    I say the most famous Studebaker is one that does not leak oil.

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    I sure hope not!, but it did have Chrysler Imperial Hub caps back then.... they just look wrong!
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    The bulllet nose...
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    It isn't that well known, but I love Earl's bullet nose in the "Pickles" comic strip.
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