View Full Version : Tom's Business Coupe

03-09-2010, 09:25 AM
The car drives just as nice as it looks. I was very surprised, but this car with the automatic is "quicker" than most 3 speed '51's I've driven. :) Car only has 47K original miles. Keep in mind that it hasn't been washed in well over a year.






03-09-2010, 09:31 AM
Matt, You need to tell these people that the bus. coupe is for Sale. I see nothing on this blog that states'" For Sale".

03-09-2010, 09:33 AM
Yes Roy, I forgot the mention that.

$20,000 takes it. Well worth it, IMO. Most every option and piece of chrome you see is NOS. :) Steering wheel was recast by the Schrock's in Ruby Red (only used in '52). A rebuilt engine/tranny combo will be going in in April. It doesn't really need either, but since the new setup is fresh, detailed, and ready to go...

Chris Pile
03-09-2010, 09:48 AM
Dang, that's nice!

Chris Pile

03-09-2010, 10:19 AM
You'd never be able to restore one to that quality for that .....good price ;).....someone is going to get a nice car [:p]

Home of the Fried Green Tomato

1960 Champ
1964 Daytona HT
1966 Daytona

03-09-2010, 10:20 AM
Love that steering wheel!

Was that an option or standard on '51s ?

03-09-2010, 10:27 AM
The "clear" red wheel was a rarely ordered option on '52's. The Schrock's re-cast them today and I've seen a few high-end '52's that have them. Tom thought that the wheel was so pretty that he had the '51 wheel recast in the red. Not stock, but it looks so good that there's no way you could change it. :)

I think now he's talking to the Schrock's about making a new shift knob, wiper knob, and some other bakelite pieces in red to match the wheel.

03-09-2010, 10:37 AM
Matt, you're killing me -- That is a sweet ride, and I love the blue. So a new engine/trans is being installed? Is that the 232 v8? I would have to sell my fastback if I really wanted to "trade up". What to do, what to do.......

03-09-2010, 10:53 AM
Don't think too long. If it the car you want! Someone has already hit the nail on the head, "you can't restore one for that". There is a lot to be said about instant gratification.
Good Roads.

Brian Woods
1946 M Series (Shop Truck)

03-09-2010, 11:10 AM
Wow!!! It looks like it just rolled off the line. Gorgeous.
I wish I had room for it. Someone is going to get a terrific car.

'59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
Long Island Studebaker Club

03-09-2010, 11:12 AM

JGK 940
03-09-2010, 12:01 PM
Not interested [:0]. It's missing a hubcap;).


Keoni Dibelka / HiloFoto
In Hawai'i; on Hawai'i; on the Windward Side
If da salt air never chew 'em up bumbye da lava will...

03-09-2010, 12:16 PM
quote:Originally posted by deco_droid

/Cut/Is that the 232 v8?/Cut/

The business coupe was for salesmen looking for high MPG, so was not built in the Commander Series.

It would be a 169 c.i. Champion unless that has been upgraded like everything else!


03-09-2010, 12:20 PM
quote:Originally posted by StudeRich

The business coupe was for salesmen looking for high MPG, so was not built in the Commander Series.

It would be a 169 c.i. Champion unless that has been upgraded like everything else!


While you're right in THEORY, I do believe that if you check, there WAS a Commander Business Coupe available in 1951, and I do believe that ONE was produced and sold. There is a clone that belongs to a member of the Foothills Chapter in Calgary, Alberta. I'm sure that Craig P. can post a pic of it.

Evan Davis
Prairie Bulletin
Saskatchewan Chapter
Prince Albert, Sk

03-09-2010, 12:22 PM
Do you have Dibs on the Avanti I see peeking out of the garage in front of your 58?

Evan Davis
Prairie Bulletin
Saskatchewan Chapter
Prince Albert, Sk

03-09-2010, 12:39 PM
The color of the '51 obviously isn't stock. It was already painted when he bought the car years ago. I think he told me it was a Ford color and it changes shades in different lighting.

The rear wheelcovers aren't on because Tom hasn't waxed the freshly powder coated wheels yet. :)

The car has the 170 flathead, which is what will be going back in. The 'new' engine was rebuilt by Dave T-Bow so it should be good to go. Don't let the 6 w/auto push you away. Last year at the Cedar Rapids meet, I drove a '51 Land Cruiser with 232 automatic that a friend was looking to buy. The car had recently had a mechanical restoration. Driving Tom's 170 automatic is no different. In fact, I'd be willing to bet that this business coupe is even "faster" than that Land Cruiser. (I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't have driven it).

The Avanti is also for sale. It's an '82 model that still wears its original paint. It's just as nice as the '51 coupe, maybe nicer. Right now the rear suspension is apart as Tom had all the pieces powdercoated and installed a new HD sway bar. The wheels are genuine Dayton wire knock offs. (He had them custom made). I think he's looking for around $16.5K for it.

03-09-2010, 02:31 PM
quote:Originally posted by JGK 940

Not interested [:0]. It's missing a hubcap;).


I've got an extra hubcap for ya.:)

Now what's your excuse....;)

Jon Stalnaker
Editor, Hawk Talks
Karel Staple Chapter SDC

03-09-2010, 03:30 PM
That's a GORGEOUS car. Wish I had the dough for it (or the garage space... or the permission of the wife [}:)])


Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard

dean pearson
03-09-2010, 08:01 PM
Thanks for posting it Matthew,
I have wondered what a Bullet nose front with the visor and spotlights would look like and now I know.

I like it!


03-09-2010, 08:17 PM
A simple WOW!

Orlando FLA

03-09-2010, 09:09 PM

a few questions ..

1. Where is the car located? SC?

2. Can you do a slide show on photo bucket showing interior engine compartment & under etc

3. He must have skirts for it ??

4. what is the phone contact number for more info

just a real nice car there .. was it a CA car ?

I seem to recall you had a post about it a few weeks ago but I am unable to do a search or find it in the current state of the forum 500 issue :(

my phone contact is 916-764-0700

I have a truck in Atlanta picking up a car next month ... heading to CA .... :D with room for one more

.. and I have real good credit at the bank of Roy Valdez

Folsom CA

"Lone Dog ... No Woof"


Jerry Forrester
03-09-2010, 09:12 PM
Matthew, are you still at Toms? If so, are ya'll coming out to see me? It would be a nice little road trip for the '51.
I have some stainless moldings to give you.

Jerry Forrester
Forrester's Chrome
Douglasville, Georgia

03-09-2010, 09:57 PM
Yup, I'm still here. They can't seem to shake me. :D

He has skirts for it but they need to be painted. Heck, he even has stainless steel skirts. [8D]

Tomorrow I'll back it out of the garage and will take photos all around, just for you John. The car is located about an hour or so south of Atlanta. It is SOLID. He told me it was sold new in Nebraska. I don't know any history other than he bought it years ago (10-15) from a guy that lives in his town.

John, my number is 912 253 3037. Call me tomorrow and I'll give the phone to Tom.

Jerry he has mentioned going to see you so we just might.

03-09-2010, 10:14 PM
Does anyone have a picture of a 52 steering wheel in the red? I've always thought the 52 Wheel was the prettiest one Stude ever made.


03-09-2010, 10:22 PM
Here's Shrock's repro, from their web site. Sorry for the size but, it does show the detail.


Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
http://s57.photobucket.com/albums/g233/rockne10/Rockne/th_Rocknegauges.jpg'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

03-09-2010, 10:25 PM
Tom has a near NOS red '52 steering wheel. I'll post a picture tomorrow.

03-10-2010, 01:15 PM
No pics of the car today. It's raining pretty hard here (supposed to until Saturday, and I'll be home then) and there's no way I'm backing that car outside in this weather.

03-10-2010, 02:21 PM
I'm not generally crazy about the Bullet Nose. However, in that colour... That car is nothing short of stunning, from any angle.[:p] Ah, to win the lottery...[8)]

They even have wheels for the '56 models!:D I wonder if they come in green?[8D] Then again, I'd be happy with this wheel in black, for that matter...


I have to say though in my not so humble opinion, that this is the most beautiful wheel Studebaker ever offered ('41 Commander SkyWay):


K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

03-12-2010, 01:56 PM
ahhh, back when steering wheels were nice and dangerous...


03-13-2010, 05:36 AM
1 Commander Regal with 232.6 cuin. OHV V8 Motor, now talk about rare. Wonder if that survived???

John Clements
Avantilover, your South Australian Studebaker lover!!!
Lockleys South Australia

09-22-2010, 05:15 PM
Just a heads up that Tom's '51 coupe (and '82 Avanti) are still for sale. Life has been in the way and he hasn't really pushed selling either. They are wanting to buy a handicap accessible van for Tom's power chair so I know that the sale of one, or both cars would be great.

The Southeast Zone Meet is just over 2 weeks away. I'll be going up to Tom's house a few days before and will go over the '51 really well. (Needs a water pump, tune up, detailing, etc). I may even put the stainless steel fender skirts on it to give it some more bling. :cool:

The car, as well as Tom and his wife Maureen, will be at the meet if things continue to go well. (He was admitted into the hospital yesterday with blood clots, but thankfully they were able to clear that up). If anyone wants to check out the car, it'll be there. http://georgiastudebaker.com/regform.pdf

At the beginning of this thread, I mentioned that a rebuilt engine and trans was going to be installed. Well, the more I drove the '51, the better the original 45K mile engine ran. I finally was able to talk Tom into leaving things as they were, and just enjoy as it is. The engine isn't detailed but considering how much fun the car is to drive, the hood is never up anyways. <G>

t walgamuth
10-27-2013, 04:34 AM
I've always been something of a fiend on wind resistance. The headlight visors and windshield visors would have to go if it were mine. Since some folks like them, I'd pull them and sell them off.

The red steering wheel though is pretty stunning!

10-27-2013, 12:18 PM
This thread is 3 years old. ;)

10-27-2013, 12:30 PM
3 years - 7 months - 18 days old . .

10-27-2013, 03:54 PM
i purchased "Tom's car" a year ago this week!:) i love her, but she needs some work - mainly engine/electrical. i took her out for drive on friday to pick up some parts for my '89 Reatta and some gas.. what should have been a 30 minute trip turned into way over an hour since both stops turned into a one vehicle "car show". you gotta love it!:D

by last October, she no longer had the visor, headlight treatments and most unfortunately, the red ('52) steering wheel...

10-27-2013, 05:47 PM
I didn't care for the headlight dealy doos but the visor was kinda neat...