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John and Tracy Smith
06-07-2009, 01:41 PM
John recently purchased a license plate topper that he found at an antique store in Washington. After putting it on the truck, we started thinking of other license plate toppers we have seen at shows or local Studebaker meets. We'd enjoy hearing about and/or seeing pictures of some other license plate toppers that other people are using. Also, if you don't have one or don't like them, feel free to share your opinion one way or another. Thank you! (By the way, we know it's on crooked, but we couldn't resist taking a picture before we got everything adjusted!) :)

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f352/studebakertruck/IMG_0984.jpg

John and Tracy Smith
Queen Creek Arizona
http://1955studebaker.blogspot.com/

[IMG]http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f352/studebakertruck/IMG_3130.jpghttp://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f352/studebakertruck/IMG_3159.jpg http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f352/studebakertruck/DSCN5167.jpghttp://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f352/studebakertruck/DSCN1027-1-1.jpghttp://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f352/studebakertruck/DSCN1034-1.jpg

lstude
06-07-2009, 01:53 PM
I have one with tobacco leaves, not politically correct anymore!

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q8/LHSJR/Licenseplatetopper002.jpg



Leonard Shepherd
http://leonardshepherd.com/

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q8/LHSJR/MyStudebakernobackgroundsm.jpg

BobGlasscock
06-07-2009, 01:59 PM
Does a frame count? I know, a common one.

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg316/studebakerbob/P1010079.jpg


'50 Champion, 1 family owner
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg316/studebakerbob/SDC%20avatar/Studebakerstuff019.jpghttp://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg316/studebakerbob/SDC%20avatar/Studebakerstuff018.jpg

JDP
06-07-2009, 05:02 PM
Frost and French Studebaker

http://www.stude.com/HR/06240001.jpg

JDP/Maryland

R3 challenger
06-07-2009, 05:54 PM
I've got an aluminum license plate topper that says:

"Georgetown, Texas"
"Treuhardt Motors"

At each end there's a Studebaker lazy S logo in a circle. All lettering and logos are done in reflective coating.

George

george krem

289stude
06-07-2009, 06:36 PM
I'm keeping an eye on this one on ebay. My 57' 3E7 was sold new in Colorado Springs. It's $35.00 and not Stude related so I'm on the fence weather I want to spend that kind of cash on it.

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p99/289stude/platetopper.jpg



John

63' R1 Wagonaire

63' 8E45 Detroit

53' 2R5 R1 Powershift TT Under Construction

57' Transtar 304 NP540 4:09 TT Under Construction (in Picture)

58' 3E6D Stock Sale Pending

61' 6E7 122 Factory Auto

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p99/289stude/transtar3-1-2.jpg

BobGlasscock
06-07-2009, 06:47 PM
John, I would guess that that topper is a very common tourist item in Colorado Springs, for a lot less than $35. Of course, you might have to drive there to get it.

'50 Champion, 1 family owner
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg316/studebakerbob/SDC%20avatar/Studebakerstuff019.jpghttp://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg316/studebakerbob/SDC%20avatar/Studebakerstuff018.jpg

Pat Dilling
06-07-2009, 07:03 PM
When you can't find one you like, You have to create your own. [8D]

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3561/3605626074_ba099b32cc.jpg



Pat Dilling
Olivehurst, CA
Custom '53 Starlight aka Stu Cool
http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n194/stucool53/StuCoolsmallerSigpic.jpg
LS1 Engine Swap Journal: http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/journal.php?action=view&journalid=33611

barnlark
06-07-2009, 09:51 PM
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh48/newshooter44/DSCN2105.jpg

BobPalma
06-07-2009, 10:10 PM
:) Thanks to Leonard Shepherd, my 1964 Daytona Convertible enjoys displaying its COGGINS MOTORS - CHARLOTTESVILLE License Plate frame from where it was delivered new. :DBP

barnlark
06-07-2009, 11:02 PM
Let's see some proof, BP. :D

alanmende
06-08-2009, 05:23 AM
This is the license plate topper I have on Grace.

http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg43/alanmende/Covertstopper.jpg

Coverts was our local Studebaker and John Deere dealer in Neshanic, NJ where I grew up.

Kindest regards,

Alan Mende
Hummelstown, PA

I'm not a mechanic; I don't even play one on TV.

bams50
06-08-2009, 05:30 AM
quote:Originally posted by barnlark

Let's see some proof, BP. :D


You know, I don't think BP has ever posted any pictures, ever![:0] What's up with that?!?:D

Robert (Bob) Andrews- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys)
Parish, central NY 13131
http://www.patrioticon.org/images/flag3-1.gif

barnlark
06-08-2009, 06:41 AM
I've seen pictures of his Astral White convertible on a trailer, but not sure if they were from his post, or Leonard's. ;) Maybe he's saving them for another big magazine article. :D

BobPalma
06-08-2009, 08:31 AM
quote:Originally posted by bams50


quote:Originally posted by barnlark

Let's see some proof, BP. :D


You know, I don't think BP has ever posted any pictures, ever![:0] What's up with that?!?:D

Robert (Bob) Andrews- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys)
Parish, central NY 13131
http://www.patrioticon.org/images/flag3-1.gif



:) Digitally-challenged, you guys; but I'm working on that "problem." (Any of my photos posted previously were posted by other people -Leonard Shepherd, Matthew Burnette, etc- from print images snail-mailed to them.)

(I really like your new waving Old Glory, Bams.) Cool beans. :DBP

showbizkid
06-08-2009, 10:54 AM
The PO included this one with my car. It's from a dealer that was located about 15 miles from me - don't know how he got it, since the car was sold in San Francisco!

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q26/clarknovak/From%20the%20start/DSCN0477.jpg


[img=left]http://members.cox.net/clarknovak/lark.gif[/img=left]

Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard
http://studeblogger.blogspot.com
www.studebakersandiego.com

bridgegaurd
06-08-2009, 11:11 AM
Midge came with a license plate frame from Ranchero Motors, North Hollywood. Hope i can save it with out breaking it. One side is bent out in the middle. But no topper.

Skinnys Garage
06-08-2009, 04:25 PM
My front bumper is off at the moment, so I'll have to show my South Dakota and Studebaker pride on my office door for now.;)
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/topper.jpg

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/my59Lark.jpg
Skinny
Watertown, SD

Steve T
06-08-2009, 05:59 PM
Incredibly I don't have a photo of it (well, not a closeup anyway); but the licence frame on Betty the Lark says HAMILTON-The Steel City. In a way it's a souvenir of my first flirtation with Stude ownership, seven or eight years ago: I'd seen a 60 Lark VI 4dr, very nicely restored, at a cruise and for sale inexpensively...badly wanted to buy it, but couldn't, and failed to talk a friend into it either! It had been owned by a Hamilton SDCer whose nephew eventually acquired it, and the nephew used it as a community "booster" (it was a Hamilton car), displaying it at festivals, and selling these Steel City plate frames, one of which I bought. Years later it became very logical to put the frame on my own Lark, which is also a Hamilton car.

John/Tracy--my perennial licence frame suggestion is perfect for you, now that George the President has joined your family: you've seen "My Other Car Is A Studebaker"; try this out on your C-cab pickup..."My Other Studebaker Is A Car"! :D

S.

John and Tracy Smith
06-08-2009, 06:55 PM
Steve, we like your suggestion for the license frame for the truck! Unfortunately, it's getting really difficult to find license frames here in Arizona that are legal to use. As of January, we can get fined if the word "Arizona" at the top of the license plate is covered up in any way. We may have to stick with the toppers from now on.

John and Tracy Smith
Queen Creek Arizona
http://1955studebaker.blogspot.com/

[IMG]http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f352/studebakertruck/IMG_3130.jpghttp://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f352/studebakertruck/IMG_3159.jpg http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f352/studebakertruck/DSCN5167.jpghttp://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f352/studebakertruck/DSCN1027-1-1.jpghttp://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f352/studebakertruck/DSCN1034-1.jpg

Swifster
06-08-2009, 08:24 PM
Well, I just bid on this one...

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i280/Swifster/ShallaPlateTopper.jpg

It's not Studebaker related, as this was a Chevrolet dealer in Detroit. My mom bought her first new car there in January of '71 (a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Greenbriar station wagon). This was probably from the early '50's, but it's just a family reminder.

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Tom - Mulberry, FL

1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $2125.60)

1964 Studebaker Commander 170-1V, 3-speed w/OD (Cost to Date: $623.67)

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i280/Swifster/The%20Daytona%20File/Avatar%20Size/01-01-05TheStartingPoint.jpg http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i280/Swifster/The%20Daytona%20File/Avatar%20Size/07-17-07FrontClipRemoved.jpg http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i280/Swifster/The%20Daytona%20File/Avatar%20Size/08-06-29.jpg

mbstude
06-09-2009, 07:00 PM
I was given this one today.

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk179/1959S2D/0609091956.jpg

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk179/1959S2D/may%2029%202009/58_big011-1.jpg

JeffDeWitt
06-09-2009, 08:28 PM
These frames aren't that rare but I doubt there are many on these cars.

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q33/Jeff_DeWitt/IMG_2285-1.jpg

Jeff DeWitt
http://carolinastudes.net
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q33/Jeff_DeWitt/IM001571-1.jpg

Andy R.
06-09-2009, 08:47 PM
I too have Frost & French, along with the corresponding bill of sale. Since the transaction took place in 1970, the small banner at the top reads "Los Angeles" instead of "Studebaker."

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2281/2055996692_79c3cf6009.jpg


Andy
62 GT

http://a6.vox.com/6a00cdf7ec2443094f0109d0f5b14e000f-500pi

Dick Clemens
06-09-2009, 09:01 PM
A lot of people saw the license brackets on my BABY in South Bend in 2007. the story on them is that I Sold Studebakers at Larry Wright motors in Monrovia CA in 1955. Put a heck of a lot of them on cars in stock, but never kept any for myself. Just after I bought BABY these turned up on ebay. I had been looking for a set for 52 years. Needless to say they became mine. They had been on the wall of a garage in South Pasadena CA since new. BABY and I love them.

studedick from the lower Ozarks

barnlark
06-09-2009, 11:21 PM
Originally posted by Dick Clemens
They had been on the wall of a garage in South Pasadena CA since new. BABY and I love them.

And I spent all winter walking around there hoping for a good yard sale with those! :( Did you ever find one with a Pasadena dealer on it, Dick?

Dick Clemens
06-10-2009, 09:32 AM
No LLoyd Pearson Studebaker frames at all. Sorry Dave.

studedick from the lower Ozarks

studeclunker
06-10-2009, 12:39 PM
John, that's a beautiful Mobil horse! After the beauties displayed here, I'm kinda embarrassed to show Ed's frame. The DMV required that I remove the '63 plates he was wearing as they are dis-allowed in the YOM programme here in California. Unfortuneately, the old frame had deteriorated so badly that when it separated from the plate it broke up into a number of pieces. I glued the pieces onto the new plate just for giggles and sentimental fun:

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/S6300390.jpg



http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/december%2006/HPIM0234.jpg http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/56%20Parkview%20Wagon/56wagonleftfrontclipped-1.jpg
Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

Swifster
06-10-2009, 01:40 PM
Ron, I want your frame when you are done with it. I'm pretty sure my Daytona came out of Capitol Studebaker.

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Tom - Mulberry, FL

1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $2125.60)

1964 Studebaker Commander 170-1V, 3-speed w/OD (Cost to Date: $623.67)

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i280/Swifster/The%20Daytona%20File/Avatar%20Size/01-01-05TheStartingPoint.jpg http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i280/Swifster/The%20Daytona%20File/Avatar%20Size/07-17-07FrontClipRemoved.jpg http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i280/Swifster/The%20Daytona%20File/Avatar%20Size/08-06-29.jpg

silverhawk
06-10-2009, 02:06 PM
Does anyone know if a dealership called " Christensen Motor Sales" ever did some? They were located out of Caldwell, Idaho. Thats were my car originaly came from.

Dylan Wills

'61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon

Swifster
06-10-2009, 04:33 PM
There are typically three ways a dealership advertised on someones new car. The first is the license plate frame. This includes toppers and hangers that were popular before the mid-1950's. The second is a pot metal name plate screwed to your deck lid or tail panel. The third was a decal. The 'Shalla' hanger was gone by 1970/71 and was replaced by a decal roughly the same size that was stuck on my mom's tailgate. I have a nameplate from a '62 Dodge Lancer that was from Hodges Dodges (see a Ramchargers race car for the significance).

What's left of this poor Challenger shows a dealer decal from the local Studebaker dealer here in Plant City, FL.

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i280/Swifster/Studebaker%20Stuff/Salvage%20Yard/IMG_0910.jpg

You can get new license plate frames if you want to spend the money. The same is true of the decals. Getting a screw down, pot metal nameplate would probably cost a bit more.

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Tom - Mulberry, FL

1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $2125.60)

1964 Studebaker Commander 170-1V, 3-speed w/OD (Cost to Date: $623.67)

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i280/Swifster/The%20Daytona%20File/Avatar%20Size/01-01-05TheStartingPoint.jpg http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i280/Swifster/The%20Daytona%20File/Avatar%20Size/07-17-07FrontClipRemoved.jpg http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i280/Swifster/The%20Daytona%20File/Avatar%20Size/08-06-29.jpg

bridgegaurd
06-10-2009, 04:43 PM
Don't know if i can save it but am going to try. Looks like it's been on midge for awhile. Will have to do something to make it usable due to AZ. new law which fines you $75 if Arizona is not in plain view.

IMG]http://i697.photobucket.com/albums/vv337/bridgegaurd/Midge41.jpg[/IMG]

silverhawk
06-10-2009, 05:40 PM
Thanks Swifter. Mine has the spot for the screw down type you talked of, guess I will try to find one of those instead.

Dylan Wills

'61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon

Bullet
06-13-2009, 02:32 PM
There are some pretty cool topper and frames, I remeber some of them and wish I had several. Here is the one on the front of my '50 Starlight

http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/ss93/mwarmann/DSC02814.jpg

bradnree
06-13-2009, 02:37 PM
and many more........

http://shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=license+plate+toppers&_armrs=1&_from=R8

BRAD

alanmende
06-14-2009, 11:53 AM
Here's one I've had for a l-o-n-g time. Yes, it's an original, and no, I don't want to part with it. Maybe someday I'll have a proper era Studebaker to put it on.

http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg43/alanmende/scan0001-2.jpg

Kindest regards,

Alan Mende
Hummelstown, PA

I'm not a mechanic; I don't even play one on TV.

JunkYardDog
06-14-2009, 09:44 PM
http://s287.photobucket.com/albums/ll156/JUNKYARDDOG49/th_Plate_Brackets.jpg