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brngarage
08-31-2008, 12:49 AM
Does anyone know what was the first year factory (or dealer installed) A/C was offered on Studebakers?

Thanks
Howard

Mark57
08-31-2008, 12:54 AM
Cars, I am unsure. For trucks, 1963 (8E series) was the first year of factory a/c being offered. :)

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brngarage
08-31-2008, 12:57 AM
Thanks Mark

railway
08-31-2008, 01:30 AM
1955 Studebaker had a lot of first, but was one of the last to offer A/C

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BobPalma
08-31-2008, 06:07 AM
:) Studebaker passenger cars: 1955. At the Austin TX International Meet, there was a nice 1955 President offered for sale needing a complete restoration, but it was a factory air car.[^] :DBP

DEEPNHOCK
08-31-2008, 07:45 AM
Last week in Jacksonville, NC I saw a Hawk that had rear mounted a/c:D
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lstude
08-31-2008, 07:53 AM
The early 55 Studebaker brochure (D 217 - 9-54) did not show air conditioning, but the late 55 Studebaker brochure ( D 221 - 1-55)
did show air conditioning.

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q8/LHSJR/55Studebakerbrochureoptionsearlysm.jpg

Early brochure above

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Late brochure above



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studeclunker
08-31-2008, 08:24 AM
were those plastic tubes in the rear window, or was it an artist's rendition of air flow?

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lstude
08-31-2008, 08:57 AM
quote:were those plastic tubes in the rear window, or was it an artist's rendition of air flow?

I have never seen a 55 Studebaker with those tubes, but many cars in the early 50s had them so I would assume that they are the plastic tubes on that 55 Studebaker picture

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Green53
08-31-2008, 12:53 PM
I think that was the Novi unit with the tubes.
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studegary
08-31-2008, 02:02 PM
A/C was a mid-year (model year) 1955 introduction as factory installed in Studebaker cars.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

BobPalma
08-31-2008, 02:11 PM
quote:Originally posted by lstude


quote:were those plastic tubes in the rear window, or was it an artist's rendition of air flow?

I have never seen a 55 Studebaker with those tubes, but many cars in the early 50s had them so I would assume that they are the plastic tubes on that 55 Studebaker picture

Leonard Shepherd


:) They [u]are</u> plastic tubes. Like I said, that '55 President offered for sale at the Austin TX SDC National Meet was the first '55 I had ever seen with factory air, so I looked it over carefully just out of curiosity. All manufacturers had to have those clear plastic tubes with the trunk-mounted evaporators or else the rear seat passengers would have been frozen before the front-seat folks got any cool air! :DBP

Mr. Bill
08-31-2008, 03:26 PM
As I have mentioned in previous posts, my father drove a 55 President Ultra Vista with factory a/c (every other factory option including power windows on the front windows only) from early 1956 through April of 1971. It was from this car that I became fascinated with the early 50's a/c units.

Being interested in these units, I keep a log of mid 50's Studebaker sedans with a/c. Mr. Palma, would you happen to have a picture of the 55 you mentioned? While I'm on it, if anyone has pictures of the 50's sedans so equipped, would you kindly post them here ? I keep those also in a scrapbook.

My interest in these early 50's systems is not limited to Studebaker. I have pictures of 2 1955 and 1 1956 Plymouth Belvedere models so equipped with Chrysler's Airtemp system. They are just as elusive as the Studebaker units. 1955 was the first year for factory air on Chevrolet, Ford, Mercury, Plymouth, Studebaker and Hudson which was based on the Nash this year and offered Nash's pioneering all under the hood All Weather Eye.

Thank you

Bill Sapp
Hamlet, NC

BobPalma
08-31-2008, 04:18 PM
:) Bill; Sorry; I didn't take any photos of it. IIRC, it appeared toward the end of the meet, and I was out of film by then and on the way home. I actually didn't see the car until the day we left. It was two-tone blue and pretty much loaded[:p]...but needing everything:(. :DBP

brngarage
08-31-2008, 05:32 PM
Thanks everyone for all the good info. I thought 1955 was the year, but kept hearing from others that it was 1958. Thanks again!

Johnnywiffer
08-31-2008, 07:35 PM
http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s311/johnnywiffer/ACduct.jpg

Here is the pic of one duct in my '54 Land Cruiser. This is a '56 Novi AC with a Sankyo compressor. It was in the car when I got it. And of course I appropriated the same type of unit from the '57 Packard hulk I bought in Odessa.

John

53k
09-01-2008, 09:49 AM
quote:Originally posted by lstude

The early 55 Studebaker brochure (D 217 - 9-54) did not show air conditioning, but the late 55 Studebaker brochure ( D 221 - 1-55)
did show air conditioning.

Leonard,
Strange, but the later brochure shows a four-door with the early straight windshield.
Several years ago there was a '55 President listed for sale some where in Nebraska- said it had 30 factory options including air.


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lstude
09-01-2008, 10:56 AM
quote:Leonard,
Strange, but the later brochure shows a four-door with the early straight windshield.

They didn't airbrush all of the pictures and they didn't airbrush the wrap around windshield on any Champions.

This is the page of the station wagons. The Commander had the wrap around but the Champion didn't.


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mbstude
09-01-2008, 04:04 PM
A couple years ago I was at a swap meet and saw a '57 Commander four door with the Novi AC unit. Seems like they were wanting $1500.00 it, and it was a parts car.

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