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    Can anybody tell me, what the meaning of MOTEL in the production order from the Studebaker Museum is?
    In the production order for my car the body type is 16G8-W2 MOTEL.


  • #2
    I am guessing here but it may be the telegraph code the factory used for a particular model.
    Don Wilson, Centralia, WA

    40 Champion 4 door*
    50 Champion 2 door*
    53 Commander K Auto*
    53 Commander K overdrive*
    55 President Speedster
    62 GT 4Speed*
    63 Avanti R1*
    64 Champ 1/2 ton

    * Formerly owned


    • #3
      The factory used telegraph code words like that to order a specific combination that was very popular. Telegrams cost per the word in those days and code words for popular models and options were economical and eliminated a lot of confusion. Someone will chime in with the meanings.


      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


      • #4
        Thanks for reply.
        But I know, that MOTEL is a telegraph code.
        I like to know the meaning of MOTEL.
        I know, that I can find several codes in the font of the parts catalogue, but can't find MOTEL in it?


        • #5
          As posted above, it's a 'shortcut' to reduce the cost of sending instructions by telegraph.
          I'm away from home and can't look it up, but it identifies the car being built as a Commander 4-door, and which transmission is to be installed (manual or automatic)
          "Burning Bridges...Lost Forevermore"......