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  • 1955 Speedster with continental kit?

    Do not believe I have ever seen a '55 Speedster with a continental kit. Now I have. 1970 Kansas plate. Anyone remember this car?

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    Richard Quinn
    Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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    I have always liked the look of continental kits on (some) cars. I could be wrong (often am), but I think there were different variations of kits available. I don't think all of them required the extended fenders this one has. At one time, someone in our region would show up with an all white ('53-'55 ??) coupe with this "extended fender" style kit. For their era, the Studebaker C/K's were pretty radical in design. Adding this style continental kit really amplified it. At first, I loved the look. (Still do) But now with a qualification.

    As I have gotten older, I have decided I will enjoy it more on a car that belongs to someone else, than having the responsibility of maintaining one on my own.
    John Clary
    Greer, SC

    SDC member since 1975

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    • #3
      Our '53 has a continental kit with no extension sheet metal.
      Tim-'53 Starlight Commander Custom in Yuma, AZ
      jimsrodshop.com/project/53-resurrection

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      • #4
        Originally posted by paintim613 View Post
        Our '53 has a continental kit with no extension sheet metal.
        Yes, but it has a back porch to put it on.
        "In the heart of Arkansas."
        Searcy, Arkansas
        1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
        1952 2R pickup

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        • #5
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          I don't particularly care for the way the rear fender extensions make it look so tail heavy or what they do to the line, at the bottom edge of the fenders behind the rear wheels. It gives the extended section a very slight droopy look I don't particularly care for. As can be seen in the above photo. That's just my opinion, whether you agree or not, is your choice!

          Mark
          Last edited by S2Deluxe; 09-12-2017, 10:52 AM.
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          S2Deluxe = (5H - C3).

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          • #6
            More than you care to look at

            http://www.studebaker-info.org/Conti...tinentalK.html
            64 GT Hawk (K7)
            1970 Avanti (R3)

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            • #7
              I know it's not a '55 Speedster, but there a black '56 Skyhawk was imported into the UK some years ago and then shortly after was sold at auction. I'm not sure where the car is now, though rumoured to have gone to Europe - possibly France. I visited it when it was in a showroom in Exeter as I needed some reference shots for the restoration of my 56J at the time!

              I've attached a couple of the shots I took on the day

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              • #8
                This one used to be mine:



                Was about to start the rebuild, got an offer I couldn't refuse.
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                Dave Lester

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                • #9
                  I know everyone's taste is different and subjective but mine says this is an awful idea. I don't think this idea was ever offered from the factory (I could be wrong) and for good reason; it does nothing to enhance the looks of the beautiful balanced lines of the vehicle. Designers are probably turning over in their graves at the thought. Better application would be the "toilet seat" as seen on Packard Hawks. Again, your vehicle, your taste. Do what you want but don't expect everyone to like it. Kind of reminds me of the '80s when luggage racks were being attached to every sedan trunk lid. Why?
                  Last edited by Devan; 09-13-2017, 07:02 AM.

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                  • #10
                    "Kind of reminds me of the '80s when luggage racks were being attached to every sedan trunk lid. Why?"

                    To accommodate that LAST suitcase?

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                    • #11
                      There was one in Frontenac Mn. It sat for years. A friend of mine bought it , loaded on a trailer back wards, I don't think the deck lid made it home it was so rusty.
                      Klif
                      55 Speedster/Street Machine
                      63 Avanti R2
                      64 Convertible R1

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                      • #12
                        I don't know the 53 to 55 2drs were just so beautiful with out any ad ons .. It really looks awkward and out of place to me .. That goes for the sun visors for these years as well .. Just my thoughts ..
                        Love my Lark

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                        • #13
                          You have a good eye.
                          Originally posted by 52-fan View Post
                          Yes, but it has a back porch to put it on.
                          Tim-'53 Starlight Commander Custom in Yuma, AZ
                          jimsrodshop.com/project/53-resurrection

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                          • #14
                            Here's what my former 56J looked like as it rolled off the delivery truck in 1995. I had the continental kit off within a few days!

                            Bill L.

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                            Bill L.
                            1962 GT Hawk

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