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Thread: Have you seen the 1942 commander at the back of the Mad doodler's 2012 calendar?

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    Have you seen the 1942 commander at the back of the Mad doodler's 2012 calendar?

    It's called a Series 90 , custom Sedan Coupe (Blackout model) Why was it called a series 90? Did they make very many of them? I assume it was called Black out model ,because of the war. Have you talked about this car on the forum? Just curious? thanks Mike

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    A series 90 was special because they were only built on the last couple days before Studebaker switched to all war production. They have no brightworks what so ever because the government restriced use on all precious metals for the war effort. (i.e. chrome, nickel, copper, etc.) They were called "Series 90" because 1942 was Studebaker's 90th year of production. They are extremely rare.
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    Thanks Chris!

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    Actually the model 90s were assembled for 16 days from January 16, thru January 31, 1942. Production numbers probably more than you would think: Champion - 4612; Commander - 1688 and President 408. Total of all black out models 6708.
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