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    Incomparable styling utilizing the most slender, graceful roofs on the road make this airy,
    panoramic trio of handsome hardtops, cars that are truly high fashion in motion.
    Each of the, the Studebaker Commander and President Starlights, and the Packard Hardtop, provides
    you with the airiness of a convertible, the panoramic view of a picture-window, and the snug, all-weather
    protection of a fine limousine. Roll down the windows and you motor in open air ... no center-post
    to obstruct your view or block the breeze ... roll up the windows and relax in weather-proof comfort.
    And, you have a choice in price, too. Thrift starts with the luxurious, but economical Commander ... and
    deep-seated, spacious, sophisticated elegance is embodied in the powerful Packard. The Studebaker and
    Packard Hardtops invite comparison; best of all - they invite driving. Before you make a choice,
    see these cars at your Studebaker-Packard Dealer's. Drive one ... then make your decision!
    Studebaker-Packard offers the most varied line of cars in America. See them all ...
    economy cars ... sports cars ... station wagons ... luxury sedans and hardtops.

  • #2
    Notice that the Studebaker hardtops are called Starlights. The Packard hardtop is called a Hardtop (I refer to it as a Packard Hardtop sedan as opposed to the Packard Hawk hardtop).
    Gary L.
    Wappinger, NY

    SDC member since 1968
    Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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    • #3
      Has there ever been another car that had a roof that drew as much attention than that of a 1958 Studebaker Starlight? Too bad the rest of the car didn't match the beauty of it's roof. Looking at the car is like looking at a very unattractive woman, though she has a really beautiful hairdo.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Milaca View Post
        Has there ever been another car that had a roof that drew as much attention than that of a 1958 Studebaker Starlight? Too bad the rest of the car didn't match the beauty of it's roof. Looking at the car is like looking at a very unattractive woman, though she has a really beautiful hairdo.
        It is pretty much the same as the roof line of some Chrysler products.
        Gary L.
        Wappinger, NY

        SDC member since 1968
        Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Milaca View Post
          Has there ever been another car that had a roof that drew as much attention than that of a 1958 Studebaker Starlight? Too bad the rest of the car didn't match the beauty of it's roof. Looking at the car is like looking at a very unattractive woman, though she has a really beautiful hairdo.
          I'm one of the outliers who actually likes the looks of the '58s! As they say, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!"
          Mike Davis
          Regional Manager, North Carolina
          1964 Champ 8E7-122 "Stuey"

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          • #6
            The buckets for dual headlights is one of the reasons I'd like to own a -58 so I could adjust that...
            & they do look short & stubby, especially since the Chrysler products from the year before already existed. (It's like a AMC Rebell I once owned; it looked like a shortened 68-69 Plymouth Roadrunner.)
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            Josephine
            -55
            Champion V8
            4d sedan

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            • #7
              If those headlights would have been handled better, these would be nice looking contemporary cars. The bottom Studebaker looks more expensive than the Packard version. Wish I had photo shop and knew how to use. Would love to see 1957 single headlight front end on this and some trim changes. I think would be big improvement, maybe even beautiful

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