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  • 1941? Red Studebaker Convertible

    About 10 years ago, I saw a 1941? Red Studebaker convertible at an international meet. I talked to the owner, and said I had some information on the car.

    Basically, when I was at a Chautauqua meet hosted by Steve Grant, I met the original owner. I wrote a little story about our encounter, but I didn’t really believe she had a convertible. Seeing was believing. I said I would forward him the story for his information when I got back. I didn’t, but would do that if I had his contact information. Anybody know who he is?

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    Studebaker didn't catalog any convertibles after1939, and didn't offer open-top models again until later in the 1947 model year.

    There was at least one 1940 convertible sedan made by Derham, but I've never seen a '41. Was this a two door convertible, or a four door convertible sedan that you saw?

    Craig

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    • #3
      Not certain of year or number of doors. Could not locate the pictures. I was running around trying to take in everything.

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      • #4
        The owner had just finished the restoration and it was there. Red.

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        • #5
          I think I found a picture of it on the internet. 1940 Champion convertible. 4 door. Was listed with conceptcarz.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by 55s View Post
            I think I found a picture of it on the internet. 1940 Champion convertible. 4 door. Was listed with conceptcarz.
            Link:
            https://www.conceptcarz.com/view/pho...ion_photo.aspx
            Last edited by r1lark; 03-31-2021, 06:46 AM.
            Paul
            Winston-Salem, NC
            Visit The Studebaker Skytop Registry website at: www.studebakerskytop.com

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            • #7


              Good looking car. The info says it is a Derham body. The windshield and top are styled like they were designed for an earlier car.

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              "In the heart of Arkansas."
              Searcy, Arkansas
              1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
              1952 2R pickup

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              • #8
                It's an interesting concept, but in order to accept it as a one off Durham body I would need to see some documentation. For one thing placing this on a short Champion chassis just wasn't being done. I could see it if is was a two seat convertible, or a rumble seat convertible coupe, but less willing to accept a touring/phaeton application as a car fashioned and completed at that time. Personally I think that the car should be able to stand on it's own, but when Durham is mentioned the value goes up.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Hallabutt View Post
                  It's an interesting concept, but in order to accept it as a one off Durham body I would need to see some documentation. For one thing placing this on a short Champion chassis just wasn't being done. I could see it if is was a two seat convertible, or a rumble seat convertible coupe, but less willing to accept a touring/phaeton application as a car fashioned and completed at that time. Personally I think that the car should be able to stand on it's own, but when Durham is mentioned the value goes up.
                  RQ has documentation on it: https://forum.studebakerdriversclub....he-flesh/page2

                  Craig

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                  • #10
                    I know better the to argue with friend Dick Q. He has a way of making you feel wrong, even when you think that you are right. I defer to the oricle!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Hallabutt View Post
                      I know better the to argue with friend Dick Q. He has a way of making you feel wrong, even when you think that you are right. I defer to the oricle!
                      Bill, I sent you a message on this forum.
                      DG
                      So.....if I'm 'pre-approved' why do you want me to fill out an application?

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                      • #12
                        The owner is a friend of mine. Trust me, it is real.
                        Because he is not on the forum, I don't want to post his information. But I have sent Paul a PM so that he can get in touch. I am sure he would be glad for the information. I think he showed it at the Lancaster, PA Meet, 2008.
                        George Rohrbach
                        Last edited by Georger; 03-31-2021, 03:56 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Hallabutt View Post
                          For one thing placing this on a short Champion chassis just wasn't being done. I could see it if is was a two seat convertible, or a rumble seat convertible coupe, but less willing to accept a touring/phaeton application as a car fashioned and completed at that time.
                          Derham also made two 1940 President convertible sedans for the NY World's Fair: 1940 President Touring Car; Coachwork by Derham - Studebaker Drivers Club Forum

                          Craig

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                          • #14
                            Wow! That is one of one then. I agree the windshield looks a bit out of place. Also very odd someone would put that fabulous body on a champ. Would that body be considered a dual cowl?
                            Diesel loving, autocrossing, Coupe express loving, Grandpa Architect.

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                            • #15
                              Hello I am the present owner of the 1940 Studebaker Champion Daul Cowl Phaeton.
                              New member, would appreciate any information you could share with me on my car.

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