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gnaar1
07-23-2009, 08:02 AM
Does any know how many 1948 Champion convertibles were produced?

Skip Lackie
07-23-2009, 08:38 AM
1948 was a good year for Studebaker. Production of 1948 Champions was as follows:
South Bend: 74018
Los Angeles: 11283
Knocked down and crated for export: 618
Canada: 2001
Total: 87,920

I don't think anyone has ever gone through the records to calculate how many of each model were produced, but maybe someone will come forward with that info. It would require going through all 87,920 Champion production orders (if they're available) by hand and noting their body style. That has been done for such limited production models as Avantis and those built with R-series engines, but I don't think it has been done for more common models.

Skip Lackie
Washington DC

klifton1
07-23-2009, 09:00 AM
According to the Studebaker Buyers Guide, There were 9,996 built.
Klif

55 Speedster
63 Avanti R2
63 Lark R2

studegary
07-23-2009, 01:59 PM
quote:Originally posted by klifton1

According to the Studebaker Buyers Guide, There were 9,996 built.
Klif




I think that it is noteworthy that 10.1% of Champion production was convertibles. (9.6% of all 1948 model year production was convertibls.)

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

8E45E
07-23-2009, 06:27 PM
quote:Originally posted by studegary

I think that it is noteworthy that 10.1% of Champion production was convertibles. (9.6% of all 1948 model year production was convertibls.)


That is not too bad of an investment on their part. The station wagon was so close to production it even appeared in the Owners Guide. It would be interesting to see what percentage it would have taken for 1948 Champion production had it been built.

Craig