View Full Version : nice '50 starlight on ebay- whuzzit?

TX Rebel
04-11-2010, 09:21 AM

Nice restored Commander in Atlanta, originally sold in Columbia is offered by English-impaired seller with Champ engine. Were exported '50 Commanders sold with Champ engines?

Barry'd in Studes

04-11-2010, 09:56 AM
The Commanders were not V/8 equipped till 51.That appears to be a bigger Commander 6cyl.

04-11-2010, 09:58 AM
Nice car it will be interesting to see if his reserve is met. He claims $50K of work went into the restoration.


63R-2386 under restoration & modification

04-11-2010, 10:15 AM
The 246 ci Commander engine that was used in the '50 Commander had the Humped exhaust manifold. This one does not. It appears to be a Champion engine.

Tom Bredehoft
'53 Commander Coupe (since 1959)
'55 President (6H Y6) State Sedan
....On the road, again....
'05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
All Indiana built cars

04-11-2010, 10:26 AM
Overall a pretty nice car. Notice the serial number plate is screwed to the right side inner fender. And I wonder why it has the Champ 6. Wouldn't it be pretty involved to make that engine fit?

04-11-2010, 10:32 AM
It's a shame part of that $50K did not include a Shrock Brothers steering wheel.

paul v
04-11-2010, 11:00 AM
Guys, look again at the manifold, it's definately not a champiom. The flanges on a champion are all in a single row, not canted like the one in the photo.(or at least the two manifolds that i have are all in a straight row.) I believe its a commander engine. Paul

1950 Champion
9G F3

04-11-2010, 11:12 AM
Whats leaking by the manifold and spraying on the fender well..?


04-11-2010, 11:46 AM
Looking closer, it's not a Champion engine. But it's not a Commander engine either.

Here's what a Commander 6 looks like. Notice the manifold, distance between spark plugs, and water pump are all different.


Ebay car engine:


The little hose between the water pump and thermostat housing made me think it's a Mopar engine. Here's the engine bay of a '48 Plymouth.


04-11-2010, 11:52 AM
Doesn't appear to have overdrive. Would be a screamin' drive back home from Atlanta.
Beautiful car, though!

paul v
04-11-2010, 02:14 PM
Good call Matt. Paul

1950 Champion
9G F3

04-11-2010, 02:32 PM
Looks like a nice car and I LOVE that body style, but $50K for a car with a brand X engine? At least if it was a rod with a properly installed V8 the improved performance might make it worth it, but an old MOPAR flathead six?

Jeff DeWitt