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  • Is This a 1953 Studebaker Accessory License Plate Frame?

    I have what I "think" is a '53 Studebaker Accessory license plate frame with the Tri-Star on it, but cannot find any factory illustration (or even the AC number). Looked and looked for any of Fred Fox's TW articles on the '53s to no avail.

    Does anyone have a '53 Accessory manual/booklet that shows the accessory license plate frame, or a factory brochure showing it?

    Pics of what I have. The frame is stainless steel, and the 'nameplate' looks like brass:
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    Paul
    Winston-Salem, NC
    Visit The Studebaker Skytop Registry website at: www.studebakerskytop.com

  • #2
    Originally posted by r1lark View Post
    I have what I "think" is a '53 Studebaker Accessory license plate frame with the Tri-Star on it, but cannot find any factory illustration (or even the AC number). Looked and looked for any of Fred Fox's TW articles on the '53s to no avail.

    Does anyone have a '53 Accessory manual/booklet that shows the accessory license plate frame, or a factory brochure showing it?

    Pics of what I have. The frame is stainless steel, and the 'nameplate' looks like brass:
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    On page 93 of the (Inside Facts) 1953 Engineering Manual for Studebaker Salesmen they show a picture of it.
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    Jim

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    • #3
      Yes, very definitively an accessory 1953 license plate frame. Very nice find too. Let me know should you decide to part with it.
      Studebaker! If you're lucky enough to own one, you're lucky enough!!!

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      • #4
        Cool accessory.

        Interesting that it only fits one size of license plate. The accessory brochures in that era had a frame that expanded and/or contracted to fit plates of different dimensions.
        RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

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        • #5
          Yep, it is for a 53 and I have one on The Saturday Night Special. It was meant for the front, but since I don't have a front tag, I put mine on the back.

          RadioRoy , I don't know if there were a first and second design, but mine came with a bracket that would accept the 56 up tag. They also came with a clear cover and on some they were blacked out around the edges for the shorter license plate.

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          • #6
            Your frame is pictured on pages 2 and 6 of the 1953 Studebaker Accessories brochure. Just so you know.
            Studebaker! If you're lucky enough to own one, you're lucky enough!!!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Al from Eatonville View Post
              Your frame is pictured on pages 2 and 6 of the 1953 Studebaker Accessories brochure. Just so you know.
              Thanks Al. Any chance you can scan those pages, or take pictures of those pages?
              Paul
              Winston-Salem, NC
              Visit The Studebaker Skytop Registry website at: www.studebakerskytop.com

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              • #8
                Will try to do so. I have taken several pictures of pages in the brochure. Just trying to figure out how to send them.
                Studebaker! If you're lucky enough to own one, you're lucky enough!!!

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                • #9
                  Thanks Al. And I sent you a Private Message also.
                  Paul
                  Winston-Salem, NC
                  Visit The Studebaker Skytop Registry website at: www.studebakerskytop.com

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                  • #10

                    From my original copy of the 1953 accessories brochure:


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                    Note that picture #2 and #3 are not exactly the same. I think #1 and 2 are more of a artist image and #3 is the real part. However, even then those 2 rivets holding the crest on are not shown.

                    That said, no question the part the OP has is a real '53 accessory plate frame.


                    Jeff in ND

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                    • #11
                      Please be advised that most, if not all, states prohibit the covering of the license plate, including clear covers.
                      Gary L.
                      Wappinger, NY

                      SDC member since 1968
                      Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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