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    I have the good fortune of having a 1955 C5 Commander Regal Coupe with Body#8 called out on the body tag. So now I am trying to get a rough idea of how many other survivors are out there, bearing a single digit body number. Particularly curious about 55 Commanders for obvious reasons. Still if you have any year, model or trim configuration and the body number is a single digit. Please chime in here. Its got to be a fairly exclusive club, so informal poll to see just how many survive.
    55 Commander Regal Coupe
    XA Bat (The Roadwarrior)
    KARR (Knightrider)
    Eleanor (ORIGINAL Gone in 60 Seconds)


    Mad Max Car\'s \"Hero Car Ranch\"; Seattle, Wa.

  • #2
    A friend of mine owns 1955 Champion Sedan #5
    64 GT Hawk (K7)
    1970 Avanti (R3)

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    • #3
      Single-digit body numbers ended with the 1958 model year; the first 1959 model year bodies welded up were #101. BP
      We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

      Ayn Rand:
      "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

      G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by 64V-K7 View Post
        A friend of mine owns 1955 Champion Sedan #5
        I guess it is close to you in VA: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...ody-tag-number

        And a couple other #1's mentioned here:http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...1949-Champion)

        Craig
        Last edited by 8E45E; 10-12-2018, 05:32 AM.

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        • #5
          1949 Champion convertible. Body #1. Was here in Illinois for many years. Owner moved to Arizona. Now on loan to a museum there.
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          Richard Quinn
          Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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          • #6
            My M truck is 43,400 something. What'd I win?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BobPalma View Post
              Single-digit body numbers ended with the 1958 model year; the first 1959 model year bodies welded up were #101. BP
              I would gladly open this up to post 58 cars and trucks with 101-109, its the same question. How many of the first 9 bodies manufactured (or numbered if you prefer) are surviving.
              55 Commander Regal Coupe
              XA Bat (The Roadwarrior)
              KARR (Knightrider)
              Eleanor (ORIGINAL Gone in 60 Seconds)


              Mad Max Car\'s \"Hero Car Ranch\"; Seattle, Wa.

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              • #8
                Looks like this informal pole has yielded 2 other than mine so far. I know there is more as I have seen a few in TW, and a bunch of Body tags in that article, but presumably those are no longer surviving if the tag is alone in a collection. Anyone else? Maybe there is just "almost none" still in existence. How funny would it be if there are less than 9 total.
                55 Commander Regal Coupe
                XA Bat (The Roadwarrior)
                KARR (Knightrider)
                Eleanor (ORIGINAL Gone in 60 Seconds)


                Mad Max Car\'s \"Hero Car Ranch\"; Seattle, Wa.

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                • #9
                  I have a '58 President Sedan that probably is the ONLY '58 Studebaker extant that was ordered with AC-2887 Power Antenna, Cowl Mounted, maybe the ONLY President 4 Door with same ordered.

                  But the truth is, just like your Body #8, this trivia is cool, but has very little value or even significance at all, and no one cares.
                  StudeRich
                  Second Generation Stude Driver,
                  Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                  • #10
                    In the case of a 1947, 1953, 1956 Golden Hawk, 1963 Lark, or 1963 Avanti, it may not have been very reassuring at all to own 'Body #1' when it was brand new. The original owner no doubt would have experienced more annoyances such as rattles, leaks, and wind noise than those with much later body numbers.

                    The Lamberti reports give excellent insight on the Avanti's ongoing production problems.

                    Craig

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by StudeRich View Post
                      I have a '58 President Sedan that probably is the ONLY '58 Studebaker extant that was ordered with AC-2887 Power Antenna, Cowl Mounted, maybe the ONLY President 4 Door with same ordered.

                      But the truth is, just like your Body #8, this trivia is cool, but has very little value or even significance at all, and no one cares.
                      Yeah I am staring to get that. Strange how that kind of stuff is so highly sought after and ads value in other areas of car collecting as a hobby, but not with our lovable Studes!

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                      Originally posted by 8E45E View Post
                      In the case of a 1947, 1953, 1956 Golden Hawk, 1963 Lark, or 1963 Avanti, it may not have been very reassuring at all to own 'Body #1' when it was brand new. The original owner no doubt would have experienced more annoyances such as rattles, leaks, and wind noise than those with much later body numbers.

                      The Lamberti reports give excellent insight on the Avanti's ongoing production problems.

                      Craig
                      I am crossing my fingers that some of our astute folks keeping the various registry will chime in here.
                      55 Commander Regal Coupe
                      XA Bat (The Roadwarrior)
                      KARR (Knightrider)
                      Eleanor (ORIGINAL Gone in 60 Seconds)


                      Mad Max Car\'s \"Hero Car Ranch\"; Seattle, Wa.

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                      • #12
                        Well.... I care..

                        Body Numbers Matter!
                        HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

                        Jeff


                        Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain



                        Note: SDC# 070190 (and earlier...)

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by DEEPNHOCK View Post
                          Well.... I care..

                          Body Numbers Matter!
                          Hmmm, are we talking about CARS here Jeff?
                          StudeRich
                          Second Generation Stude Driver,
                          Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by DEEPNHOCK View Post
                            Well.... I care..

                            Body Numbers Matter!
                            Thanks! Figured I was not alone! From the number of responses here, gotta guess almost none of the single digit (or equivalent) cars still exist. That = rare even if it does not affect value in this slice of the hobby!
                            55 Commander Regal Coupe
                            XA Bat (The Roadwarrior)
                            KARR (Knightrider)
                            Eleanor (ORIGINAL Gone in 60 Seconds)


                            Mad Max Car\'s \"Hero Car Ranch\"; Seattle, Wa.

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                              The 4 th Los Angeles Car , Body # 19

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