View Full Version : Ebay '55 "Police Package"

04-01-2015, 08:55 PM
What exactly is a "police package"?


04-01-2015, 09:42 PM
I guess because it's black and white and someone added what looks to be a Fraternal Order of Police star on the door that makes it a "police package".

It would have been nice to have a close-up pic of the door to see for sure about what it's truly representing.

04-01-2015, 09:47 PM
According to recent articles in TW, not counting before WW2, Studebaker didn't offer a 'police package' until 1956.


04-01-2015, 11:29 PM
What exactly is a "police package"?

It has a siren under the hood. :lol:

04-02-2015, 08:56 AM
It's a 2 bbl carb and single exhaust. In 55 you could get the Power kit (4 bbl, twin exhaust). Any "police package" would have the power kit unless it was ordered special for Aunt Bea.

04-02-2015, 09:13 AM
Someone should call the Ebay police cause the listee is not telling the truth. cheers jimmijim
According to recent articles in TW, not counting before WW2, Studebaker didn't offer a 'police package' until 1956.


04-02-2015, 09:52 AM
Well...not that I've had much experience in the back of "police" cars...but, I believe the four-door cars had the inside door handles and window cranks removed. This one could have just as easily claimed "TAXI" package.;)

All comments aside...not bad, for this body style, to have survived, and escaped the scrapper this long.:) I hope it lands in a good place.:)

04-02-2015, 10:14 AM
Back in late 1940's my uncle was the police department for are local Boro . It was a one man force part time he used his own car which was a 1947 brown Studebaker convertible. The police package consisted of a spotlight paid for by boro which also provided gun, badge, uniform, and gas . He said he had a lot of fun having recently returning from WW 2 . Those were days calls went to my mother and dads phone. My uncle worked three shifts at steel mill police was a extra side line for him . I remember my mother always worried about my sister and I riding in his car when roof was down. This was before seat belts or car seats we kneeled on back seat and look toward the trunk great fun for 4 and 5 year olds

04-02-2015, 12:56 PM
In the 1950s, a police package usually included at least heavy duty suspension, heavy duty electrical system and a certified speedometer.

This car is in NYC, but was built in Vernon (LA, CA).

04-02-2015, 03:24 PM
Probably the "wipe-of-blood-easy upholstery"...

04-02-2015, 08:25 PM
That excuse of a siren is a joke. its a J C Whitney burglar alarm siren, a far cry from a Federal or Sireno.