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  • 51 Land Cruiser's Story

    A "before and after" story with pictures. Very interesting.

    http://www.caroholic.com/51_studebaker.htm

    Tim-53 Studebird in Yuma, AZ
    Tim-'53 Starlight Commander Custom and '63 Avanti in Yuma, AZ
    Pictures at https://www.jimsrodshop.com/project/53-resurrection and https://www.jimsrodshop.com/project/always-ahead


  • #2
    Very interesting. Thanks for posting that.

    He mentions Sam Miller. Sam Miller was my friend who died in 2002 and left me his vast Studebaker model collection. Here is what he said about Sam and his model:

    January 31, 2007 - "There's a signpost up ahead - Your next stop, the Twilight Zone" - Looking at the photo, you might not think there is much connection between the resin model kit and the old Sci-Fi TV show. Bear with me. I went over to friend Neil Sugermeyer's tonight to go over a presentation we are making next week at the National AACA meeting in Philadelphia. When I got there, he presented me with an extremely rare (as in I NEVER heard of one before) model of a 1951 Studebaker sedan. And not just any sedan - this is the Land Cruiser, with the rear vent windows. I was delighted, of course. It is a custom cast-resin model, typically made in very limited numbers by hobbyists. This particular model is very accurate and highly detailed, with excellent proportions, and is complete.

    I was curious about the maker, Miller Automobilia, and did some research on Google. Turns out the kit was made in 1982 by Sam Miller of Charlottesville, Virginia, apparently a highly respected maker of resin kits. He also happens to be the same man who ended up with Becky, my 1951 Studebaker Land Cruiser back in 1973. So it is very likely that this model was actually based on my first car! Talk about a small world? It seems that Becky finally made her way back to me after more than 30 years! OK, cue Rod Serling....




    Leonard Shepherd
    http://leonardshepherd.com/

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    • #3
      Very interesting. Thanks for posting that.

      He mentions Sam Miller. Sam Miller was my friend who died in 2002 and left me his vast Studebaker model collection. Here is what he said about Sam and his model:

      January 31, 2007 - "There's a signpost up ahead - Your next stop, the Twilight Zone" - Looking at the photo, you might not think there is much connection between the resin model kit and the old Sci-Fi TV show. Bear with me. I went over to friend Neil Sugermeyer's tonight to go over a presentation we are making next week at the National AACA meeting in Philadelphia. When I got there, he presented me with an extremely rare (as in I NEVER heard of one before) model of a 1951 Studebaker sedan. And not just any sedan - this is the Land Cruiser, with the rear vent windows. I was delighted, of course. It is a custom cast-resin model, typically made in very limited numbers by hobbyists. This particular model is very accurate and highly detailed, with excellent proportions, and is complete.

      I was curious about the maker, Miller Automobilia, and did some research on Google. Turns out the kit was made in 1982 by Sam Miller of Charlottesville, Virginia, apparently a highly respected maker of resin kits. He also happens to be the same man who ended up with Becky, my 1951 Studebaker Land Cruiser back in 1973. So it is very likely that this model was actually based on my first car! Talk about a small world? It seems that Becky finally made her way back to me after more than 30 years! OK, cue Rod Serling....




      Leonard Shepherd
      http://leonardshepherd.com/

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      • #4
        I owned the 1951 Land Cruiser that is the subject of this story and sold it to the author of the website several years ago. The buyer is a great guy who truly loves the car, and you can't get a better story ending than that!

        Studedude1961
        --1963 Cruiser

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        • #5
          I owned the 1951 Land Cruiser that is the subject of this story and sold it to the author of the website several years ago. The buyer is a great guy who truly loves the car, and you can't get a better story ending than that!

          Studedude1961
          --1963 Cruiser

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          • #6
            I have visited this website before, but it has been well over a year. I well remember Sam Miller's '51 Land Cruiser, as it was Sam who sold me my first Studebaker in 1974.


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            • #7
              I have visited this website before, but it has been well over a year. I well remember Sam Miller's '51 Land Cruiser, as it was Sam who sold me my first Studebaker in 1974.


              http://community.webshots.com/user/GuidoSalvage

              Hiding and preserving Studebakers in Richmond, Goochland & Louisa, Va.
              Join me in removing narcissists, trolls, self annoited "experts" and general idiots via the Ignore button.

              The official SDC Forum heel nipper ���

              �Middle age is when your broad mind and narrow waist begin to change places.� E. Joseph Cossman

              For every mile of road, there are 2 miles of ditch. ���

              "All lies matter - fight the kleptocracy"

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              • #8
                Just have to throw this in: You fellows do know, don't you, that Rod Serling was an early and prominent Studebaker Avanti owner?

                Now cue that music...

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                • #9
                  Just have to throw this in: You fellows do know, don't you, that Rod Serling was an early and prominent Studebaker Avanti owner?

                  Now cue that music...

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