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  • studegary
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    Originally posted by TWChamp View Post
    LOL, I like that space ship between bread trucks.
    I've often heard that Studebaker was ahead of their time, and it's certainly true.
    The 1953 C and K models certainly showed the others how a car should look, and it even looks modern by today's standards.
    I drove 1953 Starliners quite a bit in the 1970s and into the 1980s. Most people thought that they were fairly new cars until I installed wide whitewall tires on them.

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  • TWChamp
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    Originally posted by thunderations View Post
    I find that parking the 55 President 2 Dr Hdtp next to 55 Chevies, Fords and Dodges makes the "Big 3" look 20 years older. Looks like a space ship between bread trucks.
    Don't forget the Allstate, Henry J's counterpart sold by Sears and Roebuck and could be ordered from the catalog.
    LOL, I like that space ship between bread trucks.
    I've often heard that Studebaker was ahead of their time, and it's certainly true.
    The 1953 C and K models certainly showed the others how a car should look, and it even looks modern by today's standards.

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  • 8E45E
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    Originally posted by thunderations View Post
    Don't forget the Allstate, Henry J's counterpart sold by Sears and Roebuck and could be ordered from the catalog.
    If I remember reading right, Allstates were limited to the southeastern States, and had sales been better, Sears would have increased the marketing area to include the rest of the US and possibly Canada.

    Craig

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  • Noxnabaker
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    #8, 48skyliner nailed it all... sadly enough.

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  • thunderations
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    I find that parking the 55 President 2 Dr Hdtp next to 55 Chevies, Fords and Dodges makes the "Big 3" look 20 years older. Looks like a space ship between bread trucks.
    Don't forget the Allstate, Henry J's counterpart sold by Sears and Roebuck and could be ordered from the catalog.

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  • studegary
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    Originally posted by 8E45E View Post
    I bet, if she is married, her husband is NOT a 'car-guy'.

    Craig
    She is not married. She is open to learning things. She is the one who suggested Googling pictures and we discussed the pictures.

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  • 8E45E
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    Originally posted by studegary View Post
    She will probably look up more. Now she knows that all Studebakers are not boxy. She would not be considered to be a youngster.
    I bet, if she is married, her husband is NOT a 'car-guy'.

    Craig

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  • studegary
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    Originally posted by 8E45E View Post
    There is also the very similar Graham Hollywood: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...aham-Hollywood

    Craig
    I remember them as being referred to as Hollywood Graham (I know - that defies convention). There was a body shop in Wappingers Falls, NY whose owner owned five. One was a nice car that he regularly drove, one was converted into a stock car that he raced at local tracks and the other three were probably parts cars (but cars that would be restored today) I do not know what happened to the cars. That was in the 1950s-1960s.

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  • studegary
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    Originally posted by Milaca View Post
    I assumed that most non-Studebaker people would think of a 1950 or 1951 bullet-nose type car when they visualize a Studebaker. Perhaps most non-Studebaker people actually visualize a Lark-type?
    By the way Gary, did you mention to the lady that Studebaker also built pickups and trucks?
    Yes, in the limited time that we had to talk before the start of the meeting, we did get into trucks. She (and many others that I run into) did not know that Studebaker made trucks. I mentioned that I have owned four.

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  • Stude Shoo-wop!
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    Originally posted by Hallabutt View Post
    Carrying the analogy one step farther, I find it sad that so few present day Studebaker owners, have little understanding of the beautiful cars that were built before the War. I have not given up hope that some of the uninitiated will will suddenly by struck by an epiphany, like I was, years ago.
    Tell me about it! At the same time I decided to give non-conformity a chance and shop for a Studebaker, I had the opportunity to buy this 1940 Commander 4 door sedan at just shy of $11,000. It was in my price range and I did like it, but the sway of that GT Hawk of mine overpowered me. I do appreciate the pre-war cars still, though!

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  • Hallabutt
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    Carrying the analogy one step farther, I find it sad that so few present day Studebaker owners, have little understanding of the beautiful cars that were built before the War. I have not given up hope that some of the uninitiated will will suddenly by struck by an epiphany, like I was, years ago.

    It's always seemed a shame that two of the cars, that so many non-Studebaker people picture, are the 'bullet nose" 50-51 and the stubby Lark. I think most Studebaker people would agree that the two models are not a true characterization of sixty five years of car production.

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  • RadioRoy
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    It seems like everybody who doesn't know Studebakers has heard of Golden Hawks and Avantis. I could never afford either.

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  • Son O Lark
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    Originally posted by t walgamuth View Post
    I googled the skylark. What a lovely car. I brought up hundreds of images. The car is begging for hidden headlights like the cord or possibly a light in the fender like my 39 Stude.
    Skylark? Buick Skylark?

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  • Blue 15G
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    When visiting my Aunt out of state in the early 1980s, I showed her a picture of my Studebaker I owned at the time, a '60 Lark Convertible. She remarked that it didn't look like a Studebaker. Since she was born in 1921, it made sense that when she thought of Studebaker, she thought of the late 40s to early 50s cars that made such an impression on the general public at the time they were new.

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  • 48skyliner
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    I have never been a fan of big, heavy cars, and my 48 Champion is the first American passenger car I have had since I sold my 56 Chev back in the 60s. I could have owned a Lark, but there was always something made in England, Italy, Germany, Sweden or Japan that I preferred, usually because of the handling and braking. Since I have been driving my Studebaker I have become aware that I just don't see other Studes out on the road. I am somewhat surprised that all these Studebaker enthusiasts, who are so proud of their totally stock cars, never seem to drive them. If you want people to be more aware of Studebakers, talking about them on this forum is not going to help.

    Spring is here, the sun is shining, and I am driving mine, running errands with it every day. It gets plenty of attention, and is clearly marked as a Studebaker on both the front and rear.

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