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ChicoBrazil
11-04-2009, 10:34 AM
Folks, a friend o'mine is wondering about buying a 1955
Champion, so he needs some info about its tag number...

1bGbwb3020

Could you decode this chassi number? Is this a real 55 Champion?
What extra data we can get with this info[8D]?

REGARDS

Dick Steinkamp
11-04-2009, 10:39 AM
That is not like any other serial number or body tag number I have seen on a Studebaker. Perhaps it is a unique tag for a Brazil assembled car? If you post a picture of both the serial number plate (should be on the driver's side A pillar) and the body tag (should be on the right side of the engine side of the firewall) it would help. If you can't post pictures here, send them to me at

ddstnkmp@yahoo.com

and I will post them for you.



Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

http://i706.photobucket.com/albums/ww63/dstnkmp/stude-2-1.jpg

studegary
11-04-2009, 01:05 PM
quote:Originally posted by ChicoBrazil


Folks, a friend o'mine is wondering about buying a 1955
Champion, so he needs some info about its tag number...

1bGbwb3020

Could you decode this chassi number? Is this a real 55 Champion?
What extra data we can get with this info[8D]?

REGARDS



I think that this is a misread body tag. 16G6W would be a 1955 Champion four door sedan. It is easy to think that the 6s are bs.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

Roscomacaw
11-04-2009, 01:33 PM
As Gary guesses, that's gotta be 16G6-W6 Which is a 55 Champion 4-door in Regal trim. The 3020 is the BODY'S production sequence number.[^]

http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/30906179/aview/58_Avatar.jpg
1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1963 Cruiser
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

studegary
11-04-2009, 01:40 PM
quote:Originally posted by Mr.Biggs

As Gary guesses, that's gotta be 16G6-W6 Which is a 55 Champion 4-door in Regal trim. The 3020 is the BODY'S production sequence number.[^]





Yes, the W6 identifies it as Regal four door sedan from the late 1955 production with wrap around windshield (Ultra Vista).

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

Dick Steinkamp
11-06-2009, 10:39 AM
Here are some pictures Francisco sent me...

http://i706.photobucket.com/albums/ww63/dstnkmp/NewImage-4.jpg

http://i706.photobucket.com/albums/ww63/dstnkmp/NewImage2-2.jpg

http://i706.photobucket.com/albums/ww63/dstnkmp/NewImage3-2.jpg


Any more help for him?



Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

http://i706.photobucket.com/albums/ww63/dstnkmp/stude-2-1.jpg

Dwain G.
11-06-2009, 11:03 AM
Not sure about the tag under the head bolt. It could be the engine number. It does fit within the range of '55 Champion engine numbers.

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff195/DwainG/MrEd.jpg
HEY, you're not Wilbur!

Roscomacaw
11-06-2009, 11:21 AM
It's a South Bend built car. The serial number tells us that. Francisco might be advised that that serial # starts out: G 1 and not G I - the old I for numeral 1 thing.[B)]

As Dwain suggests, that could be the engine number. Maybe they also registered vehicles using the engine number and A: this makes it easier to read or B: it has a replacement block. Behond that, it could be a tag from a local shop or garage to track their work for warranty purposes. Either way, it's not a standard factory tag.

http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/30906179/aview/58_Avatar.jpg
1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1963 Cruiser
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door