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northern
12-07-2013, 07:15 AM
The cowl tag on this 1954 Commander Starliner reads:

5H-K5
1036

Can anyone tell me what this means? Thanks.

SN-60
12-07-2013, 07:28 AM
The '5H' designates '54 Commander series. The 'K' means it's a hardtop body. The '5' is the trim level. And it's the 1036th body welded up.

rockne10
12-07-2013, 07:53 AM
Trim level 5 would be Regal.

northern
12-07-2013, 08:50 AM
Thanks. Pardon my lack of knowledge about this, but how many trim levels were there for the Starliner, and what were they?

Also, someone asked where the car was built. Where on the car would I look to find that information? Is there another tag, other than the VIN and cowl tags?

dnevin
12-07-2013, 08:56 AM
There were two trim levels--the DeLuxe (base model) and the Regal (high end.)

As for where it was built, you can determine that from the body serial number--it is located on a plate on the front of the frame surrounding the driver's door. Post that number here and we can interpret it for you.

northern
12-07-2013, 09:07 AM
Serial Number is 83593** (left out last two numbers).

Dick Steinkamp
12-07-2013, 09:26 AM
There were two trim levels--the DeLuxe (base model) and the Regal (high end.)


Only one trim level for a 54 Starliner. 5 (Regal)

Dick Steinkamp
12-07-2013, 10:47 AM
Serial Number is 83593** (left out last two numbers).

South Bend cars started with SN 8,354,901
Los Angeles cars started with SN 8,836,801
Canada cars started with SN 8,956,751

Yours is South Bend production and is about the 4,500th car (of all types) they produced that model year.

northern
12-07-2013, 11:21 AM
Thanks, Dick.

SN-60
12-07-2013, 11:40 AM
South Bend cars started with SN 8,354,901
Los Angeles cars started with SN 8,836,801
Canada cars started with SN 8,956,751

Yours is South Bend production and is about the 4,500th car (of all types) they produced that model year.

err.....COMMANDER types!

Dick Steinkamp
12-07-2013, 01:51 PM
err.....COMMANDER types!

Good point Ed. Thanks for the correction. Champion types have a different serial number range. I should have said 4,500th COMMANDER of all body styles.

studegary
12-07-2013, 02:18 PM
Good point Ed. Thanks for the correction. Champion types have a different serial number range. I should have said 4,500th COMMANDER of all body styles.

Approx. 4500th 1954 Commander of all body styles of the Commanders that were assembled in South Bend.

RadioRoy
12-07-2013, 03:39 PM
The 'K' means it's a hardtop body. And it's the 1036th body welded up.


Just as another point of clarification, it's the 1036th K body welded up. The other bodies had other sequences.

SN-60
12-08-2013, 12:04 PM
Which Studebaker in the Club has the LOWEST cowl tag body number (earliest body for that year)...in ANY body style? Could be the Gent up north that owns the '55 Speedster factory showcar with body #2.
Are there any cowl tags with #1 on them out there? (Any body style)

studegary
12-08-2013, 12:54 PM
Which Studebaker in the Club has the LOWEST cowl tag body number (earliest body for that year)...in ANY body style? Could be the Gent up north that owns the '55 Speedster factory showcar with body #2.
Are there any cowl tags with #1 on them out there? (Any body style)

I think that this request should be a separate topic from the guy asking about his 1954.

SN-60
12-08-2013, 07:49 PM
I think that this request should be a separate topic from the guy asking about his 1954.

I'm fairly sure that his '54 cowl tag question was fully answered, but You're correct, My post#14 should be in a new thread.

Dick Steinkamp
12-08-2013, 08:13 PM
Which Studebaker in the Club has the LOWEST cowl tag body number (earliest body for that year)...in ANY body style? Could be the Gent up north that owns the '55 Speedster factory showcar with body #2.
Are there any cowl tags with #1 on them out there? (Any body style)

My 54 Starliner was relatively low...

http://i706.photobucket.com/albums/ww63/dstnkmp/bodytag.jpg

Bob Kabchef (MrBiggs) has an extensive collection of body tags and most likely has some low numbered ones.

SN-60
12-09-2013, 05:51 PM
My 54 Starliner was relatively low...

http://i706.photobucket.com/albums/ww63/dstnkmp/bodytag.jpg

Bob Kabchef (MrBiggs) has an extensive collection of body tags and most likely has some low numbered ones.

#47....I guess that IS real low...nice You thought to take a photo of it.

StudeDave57
12-09-2013, 06:15 PM
I'm fairly sure that his '54 cowl tag question was fully answered, but You're correct, My post#14 should be in a new thread.

It seems to me that (years ago) the topic came up before.
Maybe Craig remembers and can post the thread here?
It was a pretty good one as I recall. :!:

Personally- I think '30' is the lowest I have seen with my own eyes.
It belongs to my 1957 Parkview.
I know of one that is lower~ '28'.
It belongs to another '57 Parkview that is down in Oregon.
My '58 Packard is 58L-Y8 '78'.



StudeDave '57 :cool:

SN-60
12-09-2013, 06:45 PM
It seems to me that (years ago) the topic came up before.
Maybe Craig remembers and can post the thread here?
It was a pretty good one as I recall. :!:

Personally- I think '30' is the lowest I have seen with my own eyes.
It belongs to my 1957 Parkview.
I know of one that is lower~ '28'.
It belongs to another '57 Parkview that is down in Oregon.
My '58 Packard is 58L-Y8 '78'.



StudeDave '57 :cool:

Yes Dave,...If it's under 100, it's definitely LOW! (Interesting about the #28 and Your #30 '57 Parkviews)

RadioRoy
12-09-2013, 09:24 PM
There was a 50 Champion starlight coupe that made the for sale and auction circuit around here some 30 years ago. It was body number 4.

mbstude
12-09-2013, 09:55 PM
My Broadmoor wagon was body number 16.

StudeDave57
12-09-2013, 10:00 PM
My Broadmoor wagon was body number 16.

I just knew there was one I was forgetting...
Sorry Matt!!! :ohmy: :rolleyes: :(




StudeDave '57 :cool:

tbredehoft
12-09-2013, 11:03 PM
I remember seeing a '57 GH with the number 7, several years ago at one of the Meets in Barberton, Ohio, that has morphed into the Summit Meet.