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  • 1950 Studebakers and Floyd Clymer Books

    Floyd Clymer wrote several good automotive books, and two of the first of his that I bought were the "Catalog of 1950 Automobiles" and "Catalog of 1949 Automobiles". Both of these are excellent books filled with pictures of the different models of all the different makes of American made cars for each of those years. Even though I bought the books in the 70's, I was still able to buy them for the cover price of $2.00, and I think that might have even included postage.

    These books are filled with technical details of the cars, including inside dimensions, weights, engine details, power specs with torque and horsepower charts, etc. Floyd must have spent many hours gathering so much information to cram into these books, and they even have information I haven't found elsewhere. If you own any 1950 automobile, I'd consider these books a must have. Here's a link to one on ebay right now, though if you wait and check back, I have seen them for $15 or $20.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/FLOYD-CLYMER...gAAOSwcLxYLm16

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    I second that, I have them and they are good information
    Milt

    1947 Champion (owned since 1967)
    1961 Hawk 4-speed
    1967 Avanti
    1961 Lark 2 door
    1988 Avanti Convertible

    Member of SDC since 1973

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    • #3
      Theyre sold.

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      • #4
        I figured they wouldn't last long. Just put the book on your watch list for ebay, and another one should show up within a month.

        I wonder if Clymer books can still be bought direct from some outlet?

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        • #5
          http://www.velocepress.com/authors/clymer.php
          South Lompoc Studebaker

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          • #6
            Here's another 1950 book, though it's not as perfect as the first one I listed.

            http://www.ebay.com/itm/FLOYD-CLYMER...sAAOSwA3dYOc7M

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            • #7
              I have seen these Clymer "year books" or annuals from 1949 to 1955. Does anyone know the full range of years they were published? I think 49 was the first one.

              They show up on eBay occasionally, and I have 49, 50, 51, 53, 54, and 55.
              Last edited by RadioRoy; 12-11-2016, 08:50 PM.
              RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

              17A-S2 - 50 Commander convertible
              10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
              10G-Q4 - 51 Champion business coupe
              4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
              5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon
              56B-D4 - 56 Commander station wagon
              60V-L6 - 60 Lark convertible

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              • #8
                I just made the mistake of buying this CATALOG of 1929 AUTOMOBILES. I already have this book, and forgot that I bought it just 6 months ago.

                http://www.ebay.com/itm/401182111679...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

                I see there is the 1949 and 1950 books on ebay right now, but I wasn't aware of the 53, 54, and 55 books.

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                • #9
                  I had Clymers Cord owners manual reproduction years ago. Don't know what happened to it .
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                  • #10
                    Some information can be found here too: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floyd_Clymer
                    59 Lark wagon, now V-8, H.D. auto!
                    60 Lark convertible V-8 auto
                    61 Champ 1/2 ton 4 speed
                    62 Champ 3/4 ton 5 speed o/drive
                    62 Champ 3/4 ton auto
                    62 Daytona convertible V-8 4 speed & 62 Cruiser, auto.
                    63 G.T. Hawk R-2,4 speed
                    63 Avanti (2) R-1 auto
                    64 Zip Van
                    66 Daytona Sport Sedan(327)V-8 4 speed
                    66 Cruiser V-8 auto

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                    • #11
                      Just saw this Floyd Clymer Studebaker book on ebay. If you get lucky you might buy it for $10 with free shipping.

                      http://www.ebay.com/itm/172538543029...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

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                      • #12
                        I have Floyd Clymer's 1955 auto yearbook which I found new somewhere a long time ago and I agree it's an excellent book. Also, Floyd did road tests of cars in the early 1950s for Popular Mechanics magazine. The article for any given car would start with the Popular Mechanics owner survey, as they continued to do for many years, then in the second part of the article Clymer would road test the same model with a very long test drive covering a great distance. He tested a '53 Commander and as I recall he liked it pretty well.

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for the tip!

                          Originally posted by TWChamp View Post
                          Just saw this Floyd Clymer Studebaker book on ebay. If you get lucky you might buy it for $10 with free shipping.

                          http://www.ebay.com/itm/172538543029...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

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                          • #14
                            And in fact I was lucky that way.

                            Originally posted by TWChamp View Post
                            Just saw this Floyd Clymer Studebaker book on ebay. If you get lucky you might buy it for $10 with free shipping.

                            http://www.ebay.com/itm/172538543029...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

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