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bob40
09-26-2008, 06:24 AM
Club member is picking up a 1961 Lark 2 dr sedan.
We were talking and wondering if it may be a police model.
Under the thin repaint a shield outline can be seen and the
seller has a "bubble gum" type flashing light he says came with
the car.259 4 bbl,hd auto trans,TT rear(dont know ratio)
What should we be looking for to get more info to determine if
this indeed is a Marshal?
The new owner will be contacting the SNM to get the sheet on the car.

BobPalma
09-26-2008, 06:40 AM
:) Hi, Bob: I'm looking at 1961 Studebaker Marshal Brochure #PD61-41, here this morning. If the car is a 2-door, the body cowl tag will still be 61V-F4 whether it's a 259 or 289 Marshal.

A disclaimer with an asterisk at the bottom of the page says:

*IMPORTANT NOTE: To simplify order requirements, the Police Marshal model number is the same as regular production models plus the conversion kit item number. Items supplied as part of this kit are identified by an (*) in the specification chart. Police conversions can be supplied only for law enforcement work-and must be ordered on all cars used for this purpose.

Then, in the chart, only a heavy-duty clutch (10.5") and Model 44 rear axle are coded with asterisks. :DBP

N8N
09-26-2008, 12:20 PM
Mike, I thought Y3 was definitely a Marshal, Y1 would have been a Taxi or am I misremembering?

nate

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55 Commander Starlight
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gordr
09-26-2008, 04:46 PM
Dave, I had a '64 taxi, and it had the zipper in the headliner, too, to allow access to the taxi light on the roof.

So a zippered headliner does not necessarily indicate a Marshal.

Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

fargoguy
09-26-2008, 05:52 PM
While so far i agree with everything that has been said thus far, I think that its a pretty safe assumption that this car is NOT a taxi, as i doubt that there would be very many taxis in [u]Two-Door Sedan </u> configuration. Evan

Evan Davis
Prairie Bulletin
Saskatchewan Chapter
Prince Albert, Sk
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bob40
09-26-2008, 06:28 PM
I'll post info when it's available.New owner will at least
let me look at it.The seller and I had a disagreement about
20 years ago and we havent talked since.
Yeah...I can hold a grudge.

BobGlasscock
09-26-2008, 07:44 PM
Ok, I'm just curious. Why would a cop car have only 2 doors? Did they only arrest polite criminals? Seems like it would be rather difficult to get out of the back seat while handcuffed.



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mbstude
09-26-2008, 07:57 PM
High speed chase cars. [8D]

Some of them old Studes were quick...


quote:Why would a cop car have only 2 doors?

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA

mbstude
09-26-2008, 08:42 PM
http://www.phoenixpolicemuseum.com/images/pdcar1961.jpg

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA

BobPalma
09-26-2008, 09:41 PM
quote:Originally posted by BobGlasscock

Ok, I'm just curious. Why would a cop car have only 2 doors? Did they only arrest polite criminals?

:)Broderick Crawford was too large to fit in the narrow opening of a 1955 Buick Century 4-door, so they had to use 2-doors on Highway Patrol.[}:)] :DBP

Mark57
09-26-2008, 11:25 PM
I still like these Marshal models best... (R2) ;)[8D]
http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x153/MarkH57/3118_3.jpg

<h5>Mark
'57 Transtar Deluxe
Vancouver Island

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May 23 & 24, 2009?</h5>
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studegary
09-27-2008, 06:19 PM
quote:Originally posted by BobGlasscock

Ok, I'm just curious. Why would a cop car have only 2 doors? Did they only arrest polite criminals? Seems like it would be rather difficult to get out of the back seat while handcuffed.






I don't know why, but two door police cars were fairly common in the '50s-'60s. I believe that JDP/John P. owned a two door Studebaker Marshal fairly recently (within the past two years). In 1961, the used car lot that I worked in part time purchased a fleet of police cars from a town in Connecticut. They were all full size two door sedan 1961 Plymouths. One car, the Chief's car, was a 361 and the others were 318s. They were all three speed on the column.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer