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    This past Saturday provided a great venue for the first outing of the '48 Starlight Coupe I purchased a month or so ago from Jerry Kaiser. A local Baptist church has been sponsoring this event for the past 11 years and we love it for it's simplicity, camaraderie and low key approach to showing all manners of vehicles without the competition and subsequent costs which seem to prevail at most shows. If you recall, it was sold with "some assembly required". I've only got a few pieces left in the trunk so I must be almost there, at least enough to show her to untrained eyes. The trip was 44 miles round trip and other than driving it a couple of blocks here in town, provided the inaugural test run. A slight oil leak(after all it is a Southbend Road oiler) and a noisy speedo cable seemed to be the only real issues. I believe this is the cars' first outing in 23+ years as Chuck procured it sometime prior to 1995 having obtained it from Harold Pearse of Branson MO.
    To Honor Chuck, I wore his personal "Southern Arizona Chapter Studebaker Drivers Club, Tucson Studeriders" Club jacket which Chuck's family wanted me to have when we attended the first Naugle auction last January. Now to the point of my post. The 1948 Starlight Coupe received a First Place prize of a Hand Inscribed Bible.
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ID:	1757438 And I know this may spike some controversy, but Jerry provided me with this framed picture from 1948 which he procured from Chuck's auction. It clearly shows(if you blow it up) that Starlight Coupes were indeed introduced in the 1948 model year.Click image for larger version

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ID:	1757439(Chuck liked his home-made wine).

    PS: Please refrain from the saggy butt comments.

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    That noisey speedometer cable may be the actual speedometer, begging for oil. Don't drive the car again until you have:

    Lay newspapers or old towels down on the floor board (drivers side.....this will catch what little oil doesn't land on your face or clothes).
    Stood on your head to get behind the dash in order to use a flexible oil spout to get some oil into that "oiler cup" which is located just in front of the speedo cable.

    If the speedometer is allowed to run without lubricant (the old oil is long gone, especially in cars which have been dorment), it will seize up and destroy itself. Once it starts squealing, you can't get pulled off the side of the road quick enough to save it usually.
    Mike Sal

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    • #3
      Thanks Mike for the heads up. I'll get on it as soon as I feel like standing on my head!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Buzzard View Post
        This past Saturday provided a great venue for the first outing of the '48 Starlight Coupe I purchased a month or so ago from Jerry Kaiser. A local Baptist church has been sponsoring this event for the past 11 years and we love it for it's simplicity, camaraderie and low key approach to showing all manners of vehicles without the competition and subsequent costs which seem to prevail at most shows. If you recall, it was sold with "some assembly required". I've only got a few pieces left in the trunk so I must be almost there, at least enough to show her to untrained eyes. The trip was 44 miles round trip and other than driving it a couple of blocks here in town, provided the inaugural test run. A slight oil leak(after all it is a Southbend Road oiler) and a noisy speedo cable seemed to be the only real issues. I believe this is the cars' first outing in 23+ years as Chuck procured it sometime prior to 1995 having obtained it from Harold Pearse of Branson MO.
        To Honor Chuck, I wore his personal "Southern Arizona Chapter Studebaker Drivers Club, Tucson Studeriders" Club jacket which Chuck's family wanted me to have when we attended the first Naugle auction last January. Now to the point of my post. The 1948 Starlight Coupe received a First Place prize of a Hand Inscribed Bible.
        [ATTACH=CONFIG]70861[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]70862[/ATTACH] And I know this may spike some controversy, but Jerry provided me with this framed picture from 1948 which he procured from Chuck's auction. It clearly shows(if you blow it up) that Starlight Coupes were indeed introduced in the 1948 model year.[ATTACH=CONFIG]70863[/ATTACH](Chuck liked his home-made wine).

        PS: Please refrain from the saggy butt comments.
        The wrap around windows five passenger coupes (C3 and C5 models) were made beginning with the 1947 model year. I do not believe that Studebaker called them Starlight coupes until the 1949 model year.
        Gary L.
        Wappinger, NY

        SDC member since 1968
        Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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        • #5
          Gary,
          My picture wasn't the best for blow up but it clearly states "Click image for larger version

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          Jerry Kaiser told me many would dispute this as they felt 1949 was the first year.
          Bill

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Buzzard View Post
            Gary,
            My picture wasn't the best for blow up but it clearly states "[ATTACH=CONFIG]70873[/ATTACH] Starlight Coupe, Studebaker Corporation 1948".
            Jerry Kaiser told me many would dispute this as they felt 1949 was the first year.
            Bill
            Thanks. You are right in that I could not read that part. Was this an ad generated by an ad agency? Perhaps they originated the name or used it early. Even Fred Fox agrees with me on the Studebaker use of Starlight.
            Gary L.
            Wappinger, NY

            SDC member since 1968
            Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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            • #7
              Hey there Buzzard. May I say that the ol' Champion coupe is looking mighty fine after a good wash-n-wax? It almost looks like it's wearing a tuxedo!

              Anyway, nice to see that you kept your word regarding the pictures. Nice story about Chuck.
              Jake Robinson Kaywell: Shoo-wops and doo-wops galore to the background of some fine Studes. I'm eager and ready to go!

              1962 GT Hawk - "Daisy-Mae" - she came dressed to kill in etherial green with a charming turquoise inside. I'm hopelessly in love!

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