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  • BobPalma
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    'Sure is nice to hear of survivor convertibles from rust-belt states, Bill! [8D] Thanks. BP

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  • BobPalma
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    'Sure is nice to hear of survivor convertibles from rust-belt states, Bill! [8D] Thanks. BP

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  • Bill Pressler
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    quote:Originally posted by Blue 15G

    Bill, I think I know where Saltsburg Road is located and it would be east of Pgh. near the turnpike. I wasn't aware of a dealership by the name of McKean out there, although I'm admittedly not that familiar with that area so anything's possible.

    Dave
    My friend Ted forwarded me a copy of his "Drive Away Shipper" for the car (61V-13282), but I couldn't find a way to cut and paste it here. It says,

    "McKean Studebaker Company
    6201 Saltsburg Road
    Pittsburgh 35, Penna"
    and
    "99 Tag University of Pgh
    Sold Rush
    Ship With 36694"

    His car was shipped 11/22/60 and was a well-equipped Lark VIII Regal convertible, Ermine White with black top and interior. It's in very nice driver condition today.

    Just out of curiosity, Bob Langer, do you remember what color your uncle's '63 convertible was, that was driven by Chancellor Litchfield?

    Thanks,
    Bill Pressler
    Kent, OH
    '63 Lark Daytona Skytop R1

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  • Bill Pressler
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    quote:Originally posted by Blue 15G

    Bill, I think I know where Saltsburg Road is located and it would be east of Pgh. near the turnpike. I wasn't aware of a dealership by the name of McKean out there, although I'm admittedly not that familiar with that area so anything's possible.

    Dave
    My friend Ted forwarded me a copy of his "Drive Away Shipper" for the car (61V-13282), but I couldn't find a way to cut and paste it here. It says,

    "McKean Studebaker Company
    6201 Saltsburg Road
    Pittsburgh 35, Penna"
    and
    "99 Tag University of Pgh
    Sold Rush
    Ship With 36694"

    His car was shipped 11/22/60 and was a well-equipped Lark VIII Regal convertible, Ermine White with black top and interior. It's in very nice driver condition today.

    Just out of curiosity, Bob Langer, do you remember what color your uncle's '63 convertible was, that was driven by Chancellor Litchfield?

    Thanks,
    Bill Pressler
    Kent, OH
    '63 Lark Daytona Skytop R1

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  • Bill Pressler
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    Bob, first off, thanks for posting that ad. I'd seen it before in my hometown paper, on microfiche, some time back, but with only one dealer's name under it...Filer's.

    Forgot about Litchfield.My uncle Regis purchased the 1963 Lark convertible he drove.

    Boy, knowing that Chancellor Litchfield drove Lark convertibles, sure makes me wonder if my friend Ted's car was indeed driven by Chancellor Litchfield himself!

    Bill Pressler
    Kent, OH
    '63 Lark Daytona Skytop R1


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  • Bill Pressler
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    Bob, first off, thanks for posting that ad. I'd seen it before in my hometown paper, on microfiche, some time back, but with only one dealer's name under it...Filer's.

    Forgot about Litchfield.My uncle Regis purchased the 1963 Lark convertible he drove.

    Boy, knowing that Chancellor Litchfield drove Lark convertibles, sure makes me wonder if my friend Ted's car was indeed driven by Chancellor Litchfield himself!

    Bill Pressler
    Kent, OH
    '63 Lark Daytona Skytop R1


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  • Blue 15G
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    Bill, I think I know where Saltsburg Road is located and it would be east of Pgh. near the turnpike. I wasn't aware of a dealership by the name of McKean out there, although I'm admittedly not that familiar with that area so anything's possible.

    Dave

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  • Blue 15G
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    Bill, I think I know where Saltsburg Road is located and it would be east of Pgh. near the turnpike. I wasn't aware of a dealership by the name of McKean out there, although I'm admittedly not that familiar with that area so anything's possible.

    Dave

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  • Blue 15G
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    Bob, thanks for posting the Nov. 63 newspaper ad! Wish my eyes were better, but I can read most of them. Of the Pgh. area dealers listed I was aware of Cuda's, Mervis, Negley, Boarts, Catanese, Ramsey, Shearers and Eaton. (And of course, Zellsmann and Langer!) Some of these I knew better than others, but at least I was aware that they existed.

    I would enjoy preparing another interview-type article for TW as I did for the Meachum dealership (Lewisburg, PA) in 2005, but it's difficult now finding any actual dealership OWNERS who are still around. Do you know of any?

    Dave Bonn
    '54 Champion Starliner
    Valencia, PA


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  • Blue 15G
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    Bob, thanks for posting the Nov. 63 newspaper ad! Wish my eyes were better, but I can read most of them. Of the Pgh. area dealers listed I was aware of Cuda's, Mervis, Negley, Boarts, Catanese, Ramsey, Shearers and Eaton. (And of course, Zellsmann and Langer!) Some of these I knew better than others, but at least I was aware that they existed.

    I would enjoy preparing another interview-type article for TW as I did for the Meachum dealership (Lewisburg, PA) in 2005, but it's difficult now finding any actual dealership OWNERS who are still around. Do you know of any?

    Dave Bonn
    '54 Champion Starliner
    Valencia, PA


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  • Bob Langer
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    quote:Originally posted by Bill Pressler

    Bob, neat '56 from Zellsman's! Was that on the back of his business card?!

    I know this is a longer shot, but if you've read posts on here long you probably know that in Greenville, PA the dealer was Carl E. Filer Co. Any memory of them? I know Greenville is farther north and a small town (even then), but they sold Studebakers from 1926 'til the end.
    Yes that was his business card.I dont remember Filer.

    It wasnt McKean but Don Allen Chevrolet that had Studebaker,both located on Liberty Ave. in Bloomfield. McKean may have had Studebaker at another location but I cant remember.

    There was another dealer in Bloomfield called Globe Motors,they not only sold Studebakers but used them in their taxi business.Not sure if they were in business the same time as Don Allen or after.

    Forgot about Litchfield.My uncle Regis purchased the 1963 Lark convertible he drove.

    This is an ad from November 6,1963 listing dealers in the Pittsburgh area.




    Forgot to mention that the rep who worked for Studebaker went to work for Datsun.He wanted my Dad and Uncles to take Datsun but they decided just to sell Jeeps.


    Bob Langer
    63 Avanti
    Glenshaw,PA


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  • Bob Langer
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    quote:Originally posted by Bill Pressler

    Bob, neat '56 from Zellsman's! Was that on the back of his business card?!

    I know this is a longer shot, but if you've read posts on here long you probably know that in Greenville, PA the dealer was Carl E. Filer Co. Any memory of them? I know Greenville is farther north and a small town (even then), but they sold Studebakers from 1926 'til the end.
    Yes that was his business card.I dont remember Filer.

    It wasnt McKean but Don Allen Chevrolet that had Studebaker,both located on Liberty Ave. in Bloomfield. McKean may have had Studebaker at another location but I cant remember.

    There was another dealer in Bloomfield called Globe Motors,they not only sold Studebakers but used them in their taxi business.Not sure if they were in business the same time as Don Allen or after.

    Forgot about Litchfield.My uncle Regis purchased the 1963 Lark convertible he drove.

    This is an ad from November 6,1963 listing dealers in the Pittsburgh area.




    Forgot to mention that the rep who worked for Studebaker went to work for Datsun.He wanted my Dad and Uncles to take Datsun but they decided just to sell Jeeps.


    Bob Langer
    63 Avanti
    Glenshaw,PA


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  • Bill Pressler
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    Dave, re.: McKean Studebaker, for some reason "Saltsburg" or "Saltzburg Rd." has popped into my mind...does that ring a bell? I tried to look in an atlas, but it's in my wife's van at the moment.

    Thanks for reminding me of Chancellor Litchfield's name. I used to tell my friend Ted with the '61 convertible, that maybe a bigwig at Pitt drove his car, as in '61 the Lark VIII Regal convertible was Studebaker's most expensive model.

    Bill Pressler
    Kent, OH
    '63 Lark Daytona Skytop R1

    quote:Originally posted by Blue 15G

    Joe, yes, that had to be Langer's dealership. Right near the famous "Horseshoe Bend" in West View on U.S. Rte. 19.

    Bill, when my Dad bought the Checker in March of '63 McKean Oldsmobile was in the city of Pittsburgh itself. Either East Liberty or Bloomfield, I'm not sure which. The PA turnpike is some distance away from there. I wasn't aware of a McKean Studebaker unless McKean was one of those "short lived" Studebaker dealers who only carried them for a short time in the early Lark era.

    As for the Checker, we loved it, but it wasn't "cool" by any stretch of the imagination. People were always intersted in looking it over though, just because it was so unusual.

    Interesting that you mentioned the Pitt connection to Studebaker. My Dad worked at Pitt and told me that he could buy a Studebaker through them at "Fleet Price", whatever that was. You are thinking of chancellor Litchfield, who died in the plane crash. I thought though that he was on Studebaker's board of directors, not his wife. But I could be wrong about that. Anyhow, it was through his connection to Studebaker that the offer was made to the Pitt employees.

    My Dad didn't take them up on it though, because he didn't care much for Studebakers. When I asked him why, he said he was happy with other makes of cars he always drove and it just never occurred to him to even consider one. One of his co-workers bought a '62 Lark V-8 through the Pitt deal, though. Dad says that this guy's complaint about that car was that he "couldn't keep tires on it". (Too many burnouts? ).

    Dave Bonn
    '54 Champion Starliner
    Valencia, PA

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  • Bill Pressler
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    Dave, re.: McKean Studebaker, for some reason "Saltsburg" or "Saltzburg Rd." has popped into my mind...does that ring a bell? I tried to look in an atlas, but it's in my wife's van at the moment.

    Thanks for reminding me of Chancellor Litchfield's name. I used to tell my friend Ted with the '61 convertible, that maybe a bigwig at Pitt drove his car, as in '61 the Lark VIII Regal convertible was Studebaker's most expensive model.

    Bill Pressler
    Kent, OH
    '63 Lark Daytona Skytop R1

    quote:Originally posted by Blue 15G

    Joe, yes, that had to be Langer's dealership. Right near the famous "Horseshoe Bend" in West View on U.S. Rte. 19.

    Bill, when my Dad bought the Checker in March of '63 McKean Oldsmobile was in the city of Pittsburgh itself. Either East Liberty or Bloomfield, I'm not sure which. The PA turnpike is some distance away from there. I wasn't aware of a McKean Studebaker unless McKean was one of those "short lived" Studebaker dealers who only carried them for a short time in the early Lark era.

    As for the Checker, we loved it, but it wasn't "cool" by any stretch of the imagination. People were always intersted in looking it over though, just because it was so unusual.

    Interesting that you mentioned the Pitt connection to Studebaker. My Dad worked at Pitt and told me that he could buy a Studebaker through them at "Fleet Price", whatever that was. You are thinking of chancellor Litchfield, who died in the plane crash. I thought though that he was on Studebaker's board of directors, not his wife. But I could be wrong about that. Anyhow, it was through his connection to Studebaker that the offer was made to the Pitt employees.

    My Dad didn't take them up on it though, because he didn't care much for Studebakers. When I asked him why, he said he was happy with other makes of cars he always drove and it just never occurred to him to even consider one. One of his co-workers bought a '62 Lark V-8 through the Pitt deal, though. Dad says that this guy's complaint about that car was that he "couldn't keep tires on it". (Too many burnouts? ).

    Dave Bonn
    '54 Champion Starliner
    Valencia, PA

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  • Blue 15G
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    Joe, yes, that had to be Langer's dealership. Right near the famous "Horseshoe Bend" in West View on U.S. Rte. 19.

    Bill, when my Dad bought the Checker in March of '63 McKean Oldsmobile was in the city of Pittsburgh itself. Either East Liberty or Bloomfield, I'm not sure which. The PA turnpike is some distance away from there. I wasn't aware of a McKean Studebaker unless McKean was one of those "short lived" Studebaker dealers who only carried them for a short time in the early Lark era.

    As for the Checker, we loved it, but it wasn't "cool" by any stretch of the imagination. People were always intersted in looking it over though, just because it was so unusual.

    Interesting that you mentioned the Pitt connection to Studebaker. My Dad worked at Pitt and told me that he could buy a Studebaker through them at "Fleet Price", whatever that was. You are thinking of chancellor Litchfield, who died in the plane crash. I thought though that he was on Studebaker's board of directors, not his wife. But I could be wrong about that. Anyhow, it was through his connection to Studebaker that the offer was made to the Pitt employees.

    My Dad didn't take them up on it though, because he didn't care much for Studebakers. When I asked him why, he said he was happy with other makes of cars he always drove and it just never occurred to him to even consider one. One of his co-workers bought a '62 Lark V-8 through the Pitt deal, though. Dad says that this guy's complaint about that car was that he "couldn't keep tires on it". (Too many burnouts? ).

    Dave Bonn
    '54 Champion Starliner
    Valencia, PA

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