View Full Version : My eyes are playing a trick on me

07-25-2009, 06:02 PM
My eyes tell me that this car is not a Commander. What say you. I emailed this guy and stated that it is not a commander.

07-25-2009, 06:09 PM
It's hard to tell from the pictures he provided. If he had bothered to show the engine we could know. It's clear that that is not the original upholstery! Reminds we of a member years ago who had his 50 upholstered by a local shop. The material they used looked like old bedsheets.

1952 Champion Starlight, 1962 Daytona, both w/overdrive.Searcy,Arkansas
"I may be lazy, but I'm not shiftless."

Chris Pile
07-25-2009, 06:13 PM
His pix suck, but I agree that is probably a Commander.

Chris Pile
Editor: The Studebaker Special

07-25-2009, 06:45 PM
You are right, Roy,
the 50 Commander had the long front fenders with the large headlight surround. This is a Champion.

Tom Bredehoft
'53 Commander Coupe (since 1959)
'55 President (6H Y6) State Sedan
(Under Construction 617 hrs.)
'05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
All Indiana built cars

07-25-2009, 06:46 PM
If I'm not mistaken,, a '50 Commander had much larger "headlight doors" than a Champion. That looks like a Champion to me.

53 Commander Starliner
56 Sky Hawk

07-25-2009, 07:00 PM
Roy, based on the shape of the hood front and fenders, I agree with you, it's a Champion.

'23 Special Six,
'50 Business Champ,
'50 Starlight Champ,
'60 Lark droptop,
'63 GT R1

Lark Hunter
07-25-2009, 07:32 PM
Eeek! That floral upholstry is uhh... interesting, to say the least. LH

07-25-2009, 07:54 PM
Yeah, LH, you took the words out of my mouth (LOL)!:D I wonder if his dear old gramma misses her drapes?;)
Yet, 5k for such a car seems a bit much as well. I mean, if the seats look like that, I wonder what the 'new headliner' looks like.[:0][xx(] Add to that, he says, "drive it anywhere!" Really? A boat tank in the trunk is not a legal way to provide fuel for an automobile. It's against federal law. So, yeah, it'd go onto a truck to be hauled, but never legally on the highway.

Let's see, primer paint job, frightening upholstry, gas tank from a boat, Who knows what else hidden with paint and bondo, for 5k? Riiiiight![}:)];)

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07-25-2009, 08:02 PM

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1963 Cruiser
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

07-26-2009, 11:19 AM
Hey guy's, I own a 1950 Commander. The front clip is longer than a champion. Even the head light assembly is way bigger. I will forward this topic to the owner.

07-26-2009, 11:36 AM
If you look at his site, his vin number starts with a G. Thanks Bob, I forgot to look at vin number.

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07-26-2009, 01:23 PM
Yup. It is definitely a 9G. The 17A had the bumper higher and was almost in the middle of the milk crate grill. Also the headlight rings were longer and the blinker glass was larger. If that car is worth what he is asking, then I think mine should be valuable enough to trade for a nice Avanti. ;)


1950 Champion 9G F1

TX Rebel
07-26-2009, 02:30 PM
I found a '52 & earlier broken antenna for you...

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