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  • Steven's Excalibur was "Stuebaker SS" first

    Just read article in Summer 1964 issue of Automobile Quarterly which leads me to believe Brooks Stevens first called his Excalibur the "Studebaker SS".

  • #2
    Sure he did, it had a Studebaker frame and Avanti engine, I don't know about the "Studebaker" part though, wasn't it an Excalibur SS! It is really a retro 1929 Mercedes SSK Roadster you know. And Studebaker still owned their own name!

    Maybe that's while it was in the "proposal" stage, before it was rejected and before he started building them himself.

    quote:Originally posted by herbpcpa

    Just read article in Summer 1964 issue of Automobile Quarterly which leads me to believe Brooks Stevens first called his Excalibur the "Studebaker SS".
    StudeRich
    Studebakers Northwest
    Ferndale, WA
    StudeRich
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
    Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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    • #3
      Yes, it was first developed as a show car and concept prototype for Studebaker, but they pulled their support at the last minute for fears that show-goers would think that this was the sort of car Studebaker would be building from then on. Sad, really.


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      Clark in San Diego
      '63 F2/Lark Standard
      http://studeblogger.blogspot.com
      www.studebakersandiego.com

      Clark in San Diego | '63 Standard (F2) "Barney" | http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

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      • #4
        The photo in Automobile Quarterly shows the car with "Studebaker SS" on the side. The marker looks like the common Studebaker emblem found on the trunk lid of the Avanti.

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        • #5
          Remember reading that the "boys on the board" in New York didn't think it was a good idea to copy a MB.

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          • #6
            You're partly right. It is true that the Studebaker-powered replica of the Mercedes SSK was proposed as the Studebaker SS, but this was not the first Excalibur.

            It's good to remember that Stevens was a sports racer/designer long before his association with Studebaker. His first Excalibur dates back to 1951, with the Excalibur J, (#1 based on the Henry J) and later #2-#3 (based on boxed Studebaker convertible frame/chassis). The rally lights tucked in the nose looked great, IMO.



            Here are a few links I came across when intrigued by his Excalibur Hawk racer:

            The sweet Excalibur (Studebaker) SS you mentioned is pictured at the end of the thread:
            http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...excalibur,hawk

            A fantastic site on fiberglass specials, including the Stude-Victress:
            http://fiberglasssportscars.com/Exca...ExcaliburJ.htm

            Automobile Quarterly (the one you referenced?)
            http://www.autoquarterly.com/excalibur.html

            I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

            Andy
            62 GT
            Andy
            62 GT

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            • #7
              This picture of an Excalibur shows up on eBay all the time. If you are a prude, you may not want to see it!

              http://tinyurl.com/6cco5j



              Leonard Shepherd
              http://leonardshepherd.com/

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              • #8
                The Studebaker SS was the brain child of Sherwood Egbert.

                1957 Packard Clipper
                1958 Golden Hawk
                1963 Daytona Convertible
                1963 R2 Daytona
                1963 R2 GT Hawk
                1963 R1 Wagonaire
                1963 R4 Avanti
                1964 Champ
                1966 Cruiser

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                • #9
                  Why-o-why is it that people list on Ebay and the headlights aren't in alignment?[:0]
                  Such a simple thing....
                  Jeff[8D]



                  quote:Originally posted by lstude

                  This picture of an Excalibur shows up on eBay all the time. If you are a prude, you may not want to see it!
                  http://tinyurl.com/6cco5j
                  http://community.webshots.com/user/deepnhock
                  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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                  • #10
                    That type of pic offends my sensibilities. I mean, why would a V-8 car only have three exhaust pipes per side? That's outrageous!

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