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    This is an odd 51 on a Studebaker showroom floor. Look at the two tone paint and the rear continental kit.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-50s-...AAAOSwHLNZUCpr

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-50s-...QAAOSwjRpZUCrW

  • #2
    I agree that it is an "unusual/odd" custom. It is a 1951 with a continental kit as well as the strange paint job.
    Gary L.
    Wappinger, NY

    SDC member since 1968
    Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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    • #3
      It is odd being in a new car showroom...maybe an advertising gimmick? Cool picture though!

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      • #4
        Calling Captain Midnight!
        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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        • #5
          Custom 51.jpg

          Custom 51a.jpg

          You have to wonder who bought it and where it ended up.

          Likely a repaint at some time in it's life, because that custom paint job probably didn't look so "cool" by 1955.
          Last edited by dpson; 06-26-2017, 06:00 AM.
          Dan Peterson
          Montpelier, VT
          1960 Lark V-8 Convertible
          1960 Lark V-8 Convertible (parts car)

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          • #6
            Interesting the Land Cruiser in the background also has blackwall tires.

            Craig

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            • #7
              Any guesses on the car's paint colors? Yellow and green, maybe? Cream and brown?
              John
              1950 Champion
              W-3 4 Dr. Sedan
              Holdrege NE

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              • #8
                You asked, my feeling is gray with black accent and wheels. If it was yellow it would be at least the same hue as the model's skirt.

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                • #9
                  That paint line looks something like the abandoned N series of circa 1952.

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                  • #10
                    I wonder what that plug is hanging below the rear bumper.

                    \"QUIGLEY DOWN UNDER\"
                    MELBOURNE.

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                    • #11
                      Looks like a part of the tilt mechanism, possibly a stop to keep the tire from hitting the trunk.
                      Originally posted by HAWK64 View Post
                      I wonder what that plug is hanging below the rear bumper.
                      sigpic1966 Daytona (The First One)
                      1950 Champion Convertible
                      1950 Champion 4Dr
                      1955 President 2 Dr Hardtop
                      1957 Thunderbird

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                      • #12
                        Before Elvis, TKOB lightning bolt influence.
                        Originally posted by RadioRoy View Post
                        Calling Captain Midnight!
                        sigpic1966 Daytona (The First One)
                        1950 Champion Convertible
                        1950 Champion 4Dr
                        1955 President 2 Dr Hardtop
                        1957 Thunderbird

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