View Full Version : Some neat Studes seen recently (PIX)...

Steve T
06-06-2009, 11:01 PM
Some of these have been delayed a bit...sorry about that. First two cars were both seen Sat May 23 but at different events...

53 Starlight street/strip custom, seen at Waterdown swap meet/show. Though clearly intended for the drags, this formidable beast is plated for the road...with Ontario personal plates reading "OTOGO200"!

The mill in the 53 Starlight. Didn't get to talk to the owner; am at a bit of a loss as to what this engine is. The shroud on top has an embossed logo that looks like a Holden lion to me...can any of our Oz forumites (John? Dave?) confirm this as a Holden V8??

Interior of the street/strip 53

Later the same day at a cruise at Johnny Be Good's Diner near Paris, Ontario (just up the road from where that derelict 59 Lark wagon was)...gorgeous 56 Power Hawk arrives.

Interior of the 56

Think I'll post separately for the other sightings, which are from this past week...


JGK 940
06-06-2009, 11:52 PM
Holden Gen III 5.7 litre V8 http://i475.photobucket.com/albums/rr119/Kalimaikaika/Studemania/gen3_v8.jpg - optional in Commodores and Calais from 2004 forward - is kissin' cousin to a Corvette LS1 with major parts interchange. He coulda used a 'Vette mill just as easily (or maybe even moreso) but there's a nice sort of Commonwealth touch to the lion under the bonnet, don'cha think?

Sweet execution all around, with heat and A/C and a custom dash pod that respects the original. Two thumbs up even though I'm not sold on the colour.

Two beautiful cars - thanks for posting!

Update - here's a link to a piece I read recently about the Los Angeles Police Department's plans to import Commodores, presumably with GenIII engines, rebadge them as Chevys, paint them black-and-white and turn them loose in Adam-Twelve land: http://jalopnik.com/5230928/lapd-to-buy-chevy+badged-holden-commodore-police-cars

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Keoni Dibelka / HiloFoto
In Hawai'i; on Hawai'i; on the Windward Side
If da salt air never chew 'em up bumbye da lava will...

Chris Pile
06-07-2009, 01:22 AM
Both cars look fantastic!
I could own either, and be happy.

Chris Pile
Midway Chapter SDC
The Studebaker Special

06-07-2009, 06:26 AM
Keoni, you are pretty in tune with our engines out here, the question is how did he obtain that Aussie engine shroud. Hey Keoni,what Studebakers are cruising around in Hawai'i? Just interested because I was there in 89 and I didn't see any. That apricot 56 is beautiful. Regards Brian.

06-07-2009, 07:52 AM
Love the color of the Hawk. Both cars are very nice.

Gary Sanders
Nixa, MO
President Toy Studebaker Collectors Club. Have an interest in Toy Studebakers? Contact me for details.

06-07-2009, 08:09 AM
The yellow coupe belongs to Peter Calaguiro of Ontario. The car regularly runs in Maxton, NC, at the Speed Trials run by the East Coast Timing Association. It is a true street/track car. Peter drives the car to Maxton from Ontario, pulling small trailer with all of the race stuff in it. The engine is from a 2007 or 08 GTO. Although the interior looks race car like, when run on the track it is even more so. Race seat, etc. The car is truly a work of art.

Joe Roberts
'61 R1 Champ
'65 Cruiser
Editor of "The Down Easterner"
Eastern North Carolina Chapter

Steve T
06-07-2009, 08:58 AM
Keoni et al--

Thanks for the confirmation on the engine in Mr Calaguiro's 53. There were several Studes at Waterdown (including, apparently, one I failed to notice--the "T-bucket" style rod posted here by someone else), but this 53 made the visit worthwhile all by itself. The photos do not really do the car justice.

The 56 Power Hawk belongs to a Hamilton Chapter member who also has a dark green M5 pickup and a black 51 Champion Starlight, all in the same pristine condition. Here's another shot of the 56 in the evening sunlight at Paris...