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  • Avanti and Commander

    Dear List,
    I would like to know whether you can tell me which company produced the body of the studebaker avanti? Another question is what are the differences concerning the design of the studebaker commander 1953 and 1955?

    Thank you very much for your endeavours,

  • #2
    I just replied to your e-mail, but here it is again:

    Molded *Fiberglass* Company of *Ashtabula*, Ohio made the Avanti fiberglass bodies.


    53 commander



    55 commander




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    • #3
      I just replied to your e-mail, but here it is again:

      Molded *Fiberglass* Company of *Ashtabula*, Ohio made the Avanti fiberglass bodies.


      53 commander



      55 commander




      Studebaker On The Net
      http://stude.com
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      Arnold Md.
      64 Daytona HT
      63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk
      63 Avanti R1/AC
      63 Lark 2 dr.
      62 Lark 2 door
      60 Lark convert
      60 Hawk
      59 3E Truck
      56 truck
      55 Starlight
      53 Starlight
      52 Starliner
      51 Commander
      JDP Maryland

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      • #4
        To add to what JP said...

        "Commander" in these years only identified it as a V8 car. There could be a "Commander" of most every body style and every trim level.

        A '53 Commander was a 4H. A '55 Commander was a 16G8.

        John has pictured a '53 Commander Regal Starliner (4H-K5), and a '55 Commander Regal (or State) Coupe (16G8-C5)

        Since "Commander" only refered primarely to the engine (but also to the transmission, suspension, brakes, etc.), the biggest difference between a '53 Commander and a '55 Commander was that the '53 had a 232 cubic inch V8 and a '55 Commander had a 221 or 259 cubic inch V8.

        The most obvious visual difference between the 1953 and 1955 cars was the front end treatment as John's pictures illustrate.



        Dick Steinkamp
        Bellingham, WA

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        • #5
          To add to what JP said...

          "Commander" in these years only identified it as a V8 car. There could be a "Commander" of most every body style and every trim level.

          A '53 Commander was a 4H. A '55 Commander was a 16G8.

          John has pictured a '53 Commander Regal Starliner (4H-K5), and a '55 Commander Regal (or State) Coupe (16G8-C5)

          Since "Commander" only refered primarely to the engine (but also to the transmission, suspension, brakes, etc.), the biggest difference between a '53 Commander and a '55 Commander was that the '53 had a 232 cubic inch V8 and a '55 Commander had a 221 or 259 cubic inch V8.

          The most obvious visual difference between the 1953 and 1955 cars was the front end treatment as John's pictures illustrate.



          Dick Steinkamp
          Bellingham, WA

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          • #6
            It is noiw that you mention it, big differance with those little grill teeth.


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            64 Daytona HT
            63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk
            63 Avanti R1/AC
            63 Lark 2 dr.
            62 Lark 2 door
            60 Lark convert
            60 Hawk
            59 3E Truck
            56 truck
            55 Starlight
            53 Starlight
            52 Starliner
            51 Commander
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            • #7
              It is noiw that you mention it, big differance with those little grill teeth.


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              Arnold Md.
              64 Daytona HT
              63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk
              63 Avanti R1/AC
              63 Lark 2 dr.
              62 Lark 2 door
              60 Lark convert
              60 Hawk
              59 3E Truck
              56 truck
              55 Starlight
              53 Starlight
              52 Starliner
              51 Commander
              JDP Maryland

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              • #8
                That was that gorgeous 54 Champion that I bought outta Turning Wheels for $THIRTY-FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS!!!!! Man, I couldn't BELIEVE how nice that thing was when the truck delivered it to my driveway!
                It went to some tourist stop in Minnesota if I remember right. Bought just a bit more on ebay.[}]

                BTW, the wife REALLY wanted me to keep that one. Even our neighbors would stop to comment on it. It was just about flawless.[]

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                1960 Larkvertible V8
                1958 Provincial wagon
                1953 Commander coupe
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                • #9
                  That was that gorgeous 54 Champion that I bought outta Turning Wheels for $THIRTY-FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS!!!!! Man, I couldn't BELIEVE how nice that thing was when the truck delivered it to my driveway!
                  It went to some tourist stop in Minnesota if I remember right. Bought just a bit more on ebay.[}]

                  BTW, the wife REALLY wanted me to keep that one. Even our neighbors would stop to comment on it. It was just about flawless.[]

                  Miscreant adrift in
                  the BerStuda Triangle!!

                  1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                  1960 Larkvertible V8
                  1958 Provincial wagon
                  1953 Commander coupe
                  No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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                  • #10
                    As I recall, we did make a bit on it, but after all, you did wash it.


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                    Arnold Md.
                    64 Daytona HT
                    63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk
                    63 Avanti R1/AC
                    63 Lark 2 dr.
                    62 Lark 2 door
                    60 Lark convert
                    60 Hawk
                    59 3E Truck
                    56 truck
                    55 Starlight
                    53 Starlight
                    52 Starliner
                    51 Commander
                    JDP Maryland

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                    • #11
                      As I recall, we did make a bit on it, but after all, you did wash it.


                      Studebaker On The Net
                      http://stude.com
                      Studebaker News Group
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                      Arnold Md.
                      64 Daytona HT
                      63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk
                      63 Avanti R1/AC
                      63 Lark 2 dr.
                      62 Lark 2 door
                      60 Lark convert
                      60 Hawk
                      59 3E Truck
                      56 truck
                      55 Starlight
                      53 Starlight
                      52 Starliner
                      51 Commander
                      JDP Maryland

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        quote:Originally posted by Dick Steinkamp a '55 Commander had a 221 or 259 cubic inch V8.
                        Just to beat Gary to the punch, the early '55 V-8's were 224 CID.


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                        • #13
                          quote:Originally posted by Dick Steinkamp a '55 Commander had a 221 or 259 cubic inch V8.
                          Just to beat Gary to the punch, the early '55 V-8's were 224 CID.


                          Guido Salvage - "Where rust is beautiful"

                          Studebaker horse drawn buggy; 1946 M-16 fire truck; 1948 M-16 grain truck; 1949 2R16A grain truck; 1949 2R17A fire truck; 1950 2R5 pickup; 1952 2R17A grain truck; 1952 Packard 200 4 door; 1955 E-38 grain truck; 1957 3E-40 flatbed; 1961 6E-28 grain truck; 1962 7E-13D 4x4 rack truck; 1962 7E-7 Champ pickup; 1962 GT Hawk 4 speed; 1963 8E-28 flatbed; 1964 Avanti R2 4 speed; 1964 Cruiser and various other "treasures".

                          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.

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                          �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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                          • #14
                            quote:Originally posted by Guido

                            Just to beat Gary to the punch, the early '55 V-8's were 224 CID.
                            Whoops [B)]. A slip of the keyboard.

                            Dick Steinkamp
                            Bellingham, WA

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                            • #15
                              quote:Originally posted by Guido

                              Just to beat Gary to the punch, the early '55 V-8's were 224 CID.
                              Whoops [B)]. A slip of the keyboard.

                              Dick Steinkamp
                              Bellingham, WA

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