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maxpower1954
11-03-2009, 04:26 PM
I'm splitting this off the Aunt Bea thread - what other notable persons
have owned a Studebaker, NOT including Avantis? I'll start off with a couple.

James Mason, actor (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, North by Northwest)
1961 Hawk, according to an Studebaker ad.

Roger Ebert, 1957 Golden Hawk

Carl Gottlieb, actor and screen writer (Jaws) 1963 GT Hawk

Russ Farris

fargoguy
11-03-2009, 06:32 PM
Ian Fleming- Avanti?

Mr Ed- Champ pickup?

Evan Davis
Prairie Bulletin
Saskatchewan Chapter
Prince Albert, Sk
http://www.saskstudebaker.ca/Studebaker.html

2R5
11-03-2009, 06:38 PM
George Bush Sr
...Bob Hope


[IMG]http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l300/2R5/smallchamp-1.jpghttp://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l300/2R5/2008Daytona.jpg
Home of the Fried Green Tomato
"IF YOU WANT THE SMILES YOU NEED TO DO THE MILES "

1960 Champ
1964 Daytona HT
1966 Daytona SS

rockne10
11-03-2009, 07:34 PM
Jimmy Carter
Clyde Beatty
Knute Rockne

Lark8girl
11-03-2009, 07:52 PM
Lloyd Bridges before "Sea Hunt" had a Studebaker.

husband of Lark VIII girl

maxpower1954
11-03-2009, 08:35 PM
I'd forgotten about George Bush Sr. I think it was a 47 Champion.

Just remembered Ralph Nader said the only car he ever owned was a 1949 Studebaker! Russ Farris

mbstude
11-03-2009, 08:39 PM
quote:Originally posted by maxpower1954


Just remembered Ralph Nader said the only car he ever owned was a 1949 Studebaker! Russ Farris



No wonder he was anti-cars. [:o)]

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA

barnlark
11-03-2009, 08:42 PM
Bob Palma, Ted Harbit, Richard Quinn, Dick Steinkamp, Jim Pepper, even Bob Kabchef. All notable, no Avantis that I know of. ;)

mbstude
11-03-2009, 08:45 PM
Ted does have an Avanti. "Son of Chicken Hawk". But he does own/drive/race other non-Avanti Studes, so it's okay. :)

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA

Milaca
11-03-2009, 08:50 PM
I'm going out on a limb here...but I'm pretty sure that Sherwood Egbert and Raymond Loewey each had a Studebaker ;)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3473/3939471781_afa477b3ae_t.jpg
Brent's rootbeer racer.
MN iron ore...it does your body good.

winchesterhawk
11-03-2009, 08:55 PM
Arthur Godfrey was presented on national television with a yellow 56 hawk . My mother graduated high school with his daughter here in loudon county va. His show was what got Patsy Cline her start in the national fame, also from here in Winchester.

barnlark
11-03-2009, 09:00 PM
Originally posted by mbstude

Ted does have an Avanti. "Son of Chicken Hawk". But he does own/drive/race other non-Avanti Studes, so it's okay. :)

I stand corrected. I have heard of this "Son" but have never seen it. I would have never guessed it was an Avanti. I've never seen him with it at a meet and haven't yet seen him race it. [B)]

mbstude
11-03-2009, 09:11 PM
That's cause he's still building it, Dave. ;)

Here's some older pics from JP's site.

http://stude.com/Ted/avanti.htm

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA

barnlark
11-03-2009, 09:16 PM
How wimpy looking. [:0];) Wow! I should have known that. Can't wait to see that run, holy cow.

Milaca
11-03-2009, 09:26 PM
I hope the fiberglass body doesnt crack up when all of that horsepower is exerted to those massive tires. Ted's Avanti looks awesome!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3473/3939471781_afa477b3ae_t.jpg
Brent's rootbeer racer.
MN iron ore...it does your body good.

Studebaker Wheel
11-03-2009, 09:40 PM
Don't want to spoil your fun but if you look at the Almanac column in Turning Wheels for July 2003 you will find an article entitled "Cars and Stars" that lists many, many notables who were Studebaker owners as well as many photos of them posed therewith.

Richard Quinn
Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

Steve T
11-03-2009, 09:46 PM
Apparently both Douglas Fairbanks and Mickey Rooney had 1935 Studes (back before a '35 would have been vintage).

Most of the references I've seen to celebs and Studebakers are to 63-64 Avantis or post-Stude Avantis: Rodger Ward, Richard Carpenter and Michael Landon, to name three very diverse examples...

S.

stuchamp
11-03-2009, 11:21 PM
From the book, "Car With Personalities" by John A. Conde

Art Linkletter, 1948 Champion Convert.
Arthur Godfrey, 1948 Commander Convert.
Jimmy Durante, 1927 Dictator.
Billie Burke, 1915 Six Touring.
John Philip Sousa, 1929 President Eight.
Al Jolson, 1929 Commander.
Mickey Rooney, 1935 Dictator.
Emmett Kelly, 1936 Dictator.
Judy Garland, 1940 Champion.

studegary
11-04-2009, 12:51 PM
quote:Originally posted by fargoguy

Ian Fleming- Avanti?

Mr Ed- Champ pickup?

Evan Davis



The topic title states: "NOT Avanti".

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

studegary
11-04-2009, 12:53 PM
quote:Originally posted by maxpower1954

I'm splitting this off the Aunt Bea thread - what other notable persons
have owned a Studebaker, NOT including Avantis? I'll start off with a couple.

James Mason, actor (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, North by Northwest)
1961 Hawk, according to an Studebaker ad.


Russ Farris



I believe that it has been proven that James Mason only posed with a 1961 Hawk for an ad and he did not own a Studebaker.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

studegary
11-04-2009, 12:55 PM
Eddie Burt, trombonist, was the original owner of a 1953 Commander Starliner, 1955 Speedster and a 1963 Daytona Wagonaire. I purchased the Wagonaire from him.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

63t-cab
11-04-2009, 05:52 PM
Ed Sullivan,64 Wagonair. that is if I have my facts straight.

Joseph R. Zeiger

edpjr
11-04-2009, 10:06 PM
Being an "old" Star Trek TV series fan from the 1960s, I should mention the late Deforest Kelly (Dr. McCoy) once wrote in a memoir that during filming of the 1st season of the show in early 1966, Leonard Nimoy (Spock) regularly drove a Lark to work at Desilu Studios. [8D] And, going against the thread, [:0] Kelly himself later owned a '73 Avanti II.

edp/NC
'63 Avanti
'66 Commander

maxpower1954
11-04-2009, 11:44 PM
I'm a long time "Star Trek" fan myself - I remember watching the very first episode in September 1966 at eleven years old, so I'm overjoyed that
Mr. Spock drove a Lark! It seems logical...Russ Farris

maxpower1954
11-04-2009, 11:49 PM
Gary, that may well be that James Mason didn't really own a 61 Hawk, but the ad copy clearly stated that he had added one to his fine collection of cars (yeah, I know...) A little hunting around on the internet should turn up the ad. I'll bet Richard Quinn knows the real answer... Russ Farris

Milaca
11-05-2009, 12:02 AM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/1560000/images/_1563498_spock150.jpghttp://www.cartype.com/pics/5280/full/studebaker_lark_regal_viii_conv_grill_emblem_2_60.jpg
Its interesting that Spock's ears kinda resemble the Lark emblem.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3473/3939471781_afa477b3ae_t.jpg
Brent's rootbeer racer.
MN iron ore...it does your body good.

grobb284
11-05-2009, 06:30 AM
The conspiracy is much deaper than that! If you rotate the lark emblem 90 degrees on the horizontal axis, you get the United Federation of Planets Emblem (Star Trek Emblem)



http://www.cartype.com/pics/5280/full/studebaker_lark_regal_viii_conv_grill_emblem_2_60.jpg


http://www.thomas-zaun.de/bilder/emblem_homepage.jpg

1963 Studebaker Avanti: LS1 motor and T-56 transmission have been moved rearward, set up as a two seat coupe with independent rear suspension.

8E45E
11-05-2009, 08:27 AM
quote:Originally posted by Studebaker Wheel

Don't want to spoil your fun but if you look at the Almanac column in Turning Wheels for July 2003 you will find an article entitled "Cars and Stars" that lists many, many notables who were Studebaker owners as well as many photos of them posed therewith.


The name escapes me right now, but the "World's Fastest Typist" in a 1995 Almanac. His 1940 President was even MORE special in that it was custom ordered in non-stock colors, etc. To take this thread one step farther, were there any other Studebakers that were 'one-offs' for some notable person?

Craig

Jessie J.
11-05-2009, 09:08 AM
Kind of surprised me that the first one that comes to my mind hasn't been mentioned yet.
Ricardo Montalban, a well known GT Hawk owner and fan, who has been mentioned several times in TW articles.

Jessie J.
11-05-2009, 09:22 AM
Alan Young as 'Wilbur Post', owned a Lark, and was a well known BIG feature in Studebaker's '60s advertising.
Anyone know for certain whether Alan Young actually personally really drove a Lark???

edpjr
11-05-2009, 12:21 PM
Yet another Star Trek connection - Kahn!!!!!!!!!



quote:Originally posted by Jessie J.

Kind of surprised me that the first one that comes to my mind hasn't been mentioned yet.
Ricardo Montalban, a well known GT Hawk owner and fan, who has been mentioned several times in TW articles.


edp/NC
'63 Avanti
'66 Commander

studegary
11-05-2009, 02:54 PM
quote:Originally posted by 63t-cab

Ed Sullivan,64 Wagonair. that is if I have my facts straight.

Joseph R. Zeiger


Ed Sulivan, a Dutchess County (where I reside) resident, had Lincoln/Mercury for a sponsor for many years. He always drove Lincolns, as far as I remember.

Lowell Thomas, also a Dutchess County resident, had several Wagonaires that he used for camera platforms for his movie news filming. I never saw any of them in my trips to his home.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

EDIT: Originally Posted by Stu Chapman

In this thread to which Craig refers, there is a post that says Ed Sullivan had a 64 Wagonaire. Gary L seems to contradict that referring to his sponsorship by Lincoln Mercury.

I can positively confirm that we did consign a 1964 Wagonaire to Ed Sullivan. It was a Studebaker Canada arrangement since we sponsored the Ed Sullivan Show in Canada on CBC. The Wagonaire was actually used by Ed Sullivan's wife. I was invited to New York for the official recognition of the sponsorship deal.

Stu Chapman

Thanks for this information, Stu. Now the Studebaker connection makes sense to me. I probably should have known about the Wagonaire since Ed Sullivan lived here in Dutchess County, NY.
I remember that Ed Sullivan had a serious accident in a Lincoln while commuting from NYC to here.

mbstude
11-05-2009, 03:13 PM
quote:Originally posted by Jessie J.

Kind of surprised me that the first one that comes to my mind hasn't been mentioned yet.
Ricardo Montalban, a well known GT Hawk owner and fan, who has been mentioned several times in TW articles.


I know where his car is, and saw it personally just a couple months ago... It needs restoring, but it's solid as can be.

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA

Jessie J.
11-05-2009, 05:26 PM
Cool! glad to hear it is still around. That one ought to be worth quite a bit more than Aunt Bee's '66

Milaca
11-05-2009, 06:59 PM
Does Ricardo's Hawk have Corinthean leather upholstery like the Chryslers that he advertised on television in the early 1980's? :D

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3473/3939471781_afa477b3ae_t.jpg
Brent's rootbeer racer.
MN iron ore...it does your body good.

comatus
11-05-2009, 07:02 PM
Chief Justice William Rehnquist.

Shortly before Hearst Movietone stopped making movie newsreels, they made a tribute to the photographers. Near the end of the piece, there's an action shot of a seemingly endless fleet of open-roof Wagonaires, with tripods mounted and cameramen "cranking away," peeling off in formation to cover The Future. So long until tomorrow.

s2dbkr
11-05-2009, 07:12 PM
Kermit had a '50 bulletnose.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y110/bulletnose/Studedoors9.jpg

Personal Website - 1950 Studebaker Retro-Rod Project
www.1950studebakerretrorod.com

maxpower1954
11-05-2009, 11:17 PM
Okay Matthew, since the location of Ricardo's GT Hawk is a military secret, how about a few details on the car like year, color and options?
For some reason, my favorite role of his was the kind-hearted circus owner in "Escape from the Planet of the Apes".

KAHN!!!!!!

Russ Farris

Johnnywiffer
11-06-2009, 09:29 AM
There was, among others, Brenda Frazier, noted debutante, (far down in this thread)

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=26977&SearchTerms=exploitation

Mrs. Lawrence Tibbet, wife of the (then) famous opera star, Mrs. Lawrence Copley Thaw, NY socialite, Mrs. Pierpont Morgan Hamilton, former editor of Harper's Bazaar,

and of course, the famous "'61 Gran Turismo" James Mason ad.

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s311/johnnywiffer/JamesMasonAd.jpg

If Mason didn't actually own "his" Hawk, he was PROBABLY no worse than Brende Frazier who didn't even DRIVE.

All of the "aristocratic women" ads I've seen were in 1941. Was there a scarcity of Cadillacs that year? :D

John