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Dan White
07-26-2006, 10:55 AM
I have a friend that is interested in '51s and is a potential new club memeber. He saw this champion on ebay. Anyone know anything about it more than the description?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1951-Studebaker-Champion-Bullet-Nose-Sedan_W0QQitemZ260011036148QQihZ016QQcategoryZ6466QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Dan White
64 R1 GT
64 R2 GT

Roscomacaw
07-26-2006, 11:48 AM
It's a Custom. That was the cheapest trim level available. As to his comment about the Commander nameplate, it's quite a stretch to believe that a production line worker goofed and the goof wasn't caught by inspectors!
Either the whole fender's been swapped at one point (and one from a Commander was commandeered) OR (as I suspect) the Commander and Champion nameplates share the same pin spacing and this was all that could be found to replace a broken Champion script!;)

LOOKS like the mileage claims might be true. That looks like original upholstery on the seats. Could be a fun car.:D

Miscreant at large.

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President 2-dr
1955 President State
1951 Champion Biz cpe
1963 Daytona project FS

big jim
07-26-2006, 04:07 PM
maybe not that unusual...I bought a 1978 Plymouth voyager van new in '78..Plymoutth name on drivers side fender ...dodge name on passenger side fender..dealer just shruged his shoulders and said,"same assembly line". weird!!!!

Dwain G.
07-26-2006, 05:58 PM
Interesting build order!

Dwain G.

Roscomacaw
07-26-2006, 06:06 PM
Maybe it was the last '51 built and they just threw together whatever was left in the bins![:0]

Miscreant at large.

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President 2-dr
1955 President State
1951 Champion Biz cpe
1963 Daytona project FS

mbstude
07-26-2006, 08:06 PM
I know of a nice, original, unrestored 58 Golden Hawk in Alabama. The owner knows the whole history of the car, and was telling me that when the car was 1 week old, a grocery cart hit the passenger side front parking light while the new owner was out shopping. When she took it back to the dealer, they replaced the damaged parking light with a 56-57 light! Being the car was brand new, I wonder why they didn't put the correct 58 light assembly back on...
It's been that way ever since. The car has been painted in the last 10 years.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/58gh.jpg
(yep, I've driven both the 58 Golden Hawks's in that pic...)

Matthew Burnette, the 16 year old Stude nut. Hazlehurst, Georgia
63 Daytona HT
51 2R16 dump truck
52 Commander Starliner (will trade for another Stude <g>)

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/avatar.jpg

studegary
07-27-2006, 07:56 PM
quote:Originally posted by mbstude

I know of a nice, original, unrestored 58 Golden Hawk in Alabama. The owner knows the whole history of the car, and was telling me that when the car was 1 week old, a grocery cart hit the passenger side front parking light while the new owner was out shopping. When she took it back to the dealer, they replaced the damaged parking light with a 56-57 light! Being the car was brand new, I wonder why they didn't put the correct 58 light assembly back on...




I don't know if still is, because I am not in the business now, but it used to be that it was easier to get replacement/repair parts for a car that was a couple of years old than it was to get parts for a model that was currently being built. I guess that the parts depots weren't stocked with the new parts and the new parts were allocated to new build.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY
1954 Commander Starliner (restomod)
1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)