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    53 Studebaker coupes Police cars

    I bid on eBay, but I didn't get these pictures, so I took my camera and got the pictures.

    I have never seen any Studebaker coupes for a police cars.










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    Not much room in those babies, but I guess there is more room than they had in the Mustangs the HP around here used about 20 years ago. With all their communication gear and computers those things were packed full!

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    I wonder how they were 'as was' for high-speed persuits? Makes one wonder why they didn't have a "Studillac" or two 'on test'....

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    Not to say there were not any more powerful car's available; and no disrespect to the brand, most of the pursuits would have been against a flat head ford V8 or a blue streak 6 from chevy. In stock form I know which car be the fastest. Great photo's and a story line behind them would be interesting. Thanks pwb

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    Knowing how hard cops use brakes and how lame were the '53 brakes, easy to foresee many, many complaints, re-lines, new drums, maybe a few accidents.

    thnx, jack vines

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    Very interesting photos...Thanks for posting them, Leonard!

    I, too, wonder about the drag of those devices - probably cancels out the advantages of the lower coupe.

    Andy
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    quote:Originally posted by 8E12T6

    Not to say there were not any more powerful car's available; and no disrespect to the brand, most of the pursuits would have been against a flat head ford V8 or a blue streak 6 from chevy. In stock form I know which car be the fastest. Great photo's and a story line behind them would be interesting. Thanks pwb
    .....and high compression OHV Caddys and Olds, nailhead Buicks, and not to mention Chrysler 331 hemis.

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    The more I look at those photos, the more I believe them to be PR cars. I think the lettering above the shield on the doors reads 'Safety Education' on it. Police cars in severe service would not have white wall tires on them for one thing, and Studebaker didn't really persue the police car market until a few years later. Did they even a 4 barrel option from the factory in 1953?

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    Straight 8 Buicks would have given them a run for thier money on a the highway. also Hemi cars of 51-52-53


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    Leonard, I also tried to bid on those unique photos but the serious bidders swamped us in the last few seconds to around $57 yet they were only Kodak prints from the period, not the usual Corporation prints. Interesting to note that Brooklin Models of England brought out a fine 1/43 scale model of this car some years ago. A desirable must for any Stude toy collector.


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