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    I collect old snapshots of Studebakers and I also have a large collection of the Studebakers that were in my family when I was growing up. The photos start with my Grandfather's 42 Commander and end with the 62 GT Hawk I had in college. If anyone has old photos of the cars they grew up with, please post them on this site. It should be very interesting, especially if they are like the 58 Packard that Mr. Biggs posted.





    Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/

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    In the summer of 1958, my Mother wanted to trade in her 53 Champion for a new car, with my prodding! The salesman at Pence-Briggs Studebaker brought out a 58 Champion 4 door sedan. It was white with a black top with single headlights in the dual pods and dog dish hub caps. I said that is the ugliest car I have ever seen (of course, now I think 58 sedans are neat!). I pitched such a fit, that the salesman took the car back and a few days later came out with a 58 Silver Hawk, white with gold fins and a 289 4bbl. engine. After much persuading, my Mother bought it. It was probably the happiest day of my life. I was only 13 but I learned to drive on it at the age of 15 which was the legal age to drive in VA back then. Below is my Sister and her friend in the trunk.



    Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/

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    • #3
      In the summer of 1958, my Mother wanted to trade in her 53 Champion for a new car, with my prodding! The salesman at Pence-Briggs Studebaker brought out a 58 Champion 4 door sedan. It was white with a black top with single headlights in the dual pods and dog dish hub caps. I said that is the ugliest car I have ever seen (of course, now I think 58 sedans are neat!). I pitched such a fit, that the salesman took the car back and a few days later came out with a 58 Silver Hawk, white with gold fins and a 289 4bbl. engine. After much persuading, my Mother bought it. It was probably the happiest day of my life. I was only 13 but I learned to drive on it at the age of 15 which was the legal age to drive in VA back then. Below is my Sister and her friend in the trunk.



      Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/

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      • #4
        I made some modifications to the Hawk. I painted the wheel rims black and sent away to J.C. Whitney for some flippers which I put on the wheel covers. I put on the curb feelers to keep my Mother from knocking the flippers off, but she did it anyway. I later put full moon wheel covers on it.



        Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/

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        • #5
          I made some modifications to the Hawk. I painted the wheel rims black and sent away to J.C. Whitney for some flippers which I put on the wheel covers. I put on the curb feelers to keep my Mother from knocking the flippers off, but she did it anyway. I later put full moon wheel covers on it.



          Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/

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          • #6
            I also made some modifications to the engine like the chrome air cleaner, red translucent spark plug wires (which interfered with the radio!) and I pinstriped the valve covers.




            Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/

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            • #7
              I also made some modifications to the engine like the chrome air cleaner, red translucent spark plug wires (which interfered with the radio!) and I pinstriped the valve covers.




              Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/

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              • #8
                Hey lstude, what's that on the fan shroud of the Hawk?

                I think my grandad has a couple of shots of some of the cars he has now from when he first got them. Like the faded old '57 Silver Hawk he purchased in 1979. But that's not what you meant...
                I doubt it if he has any pics of his Dad's Studes or his when we was my age. [8D] A '48 Champ ragtop, I might add.

                My great aunt gave me this picture. I'm pretty sure the girl is of no relations to me, but I thought I'd share anyways.



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                Matthew Burnette
                Hazlehurst, Georgia
                '59 Scotsman PU
                '63 Daytona HT



                http://mbstudebaker.blogspot.com/
                http://thestudillac.blogspot.com/

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                • #9
                  Hey lstude, what's that on the fan shroud of the Hawk?

                  I think my grandad has a couple of shots of some of the cars he has now from when he first got them. Like the faded old '57 Silver Hawk he purchased in 1979. But that's not what you meant...
                  I doubt it if he has any pics of his Dad's Studes or his when we was my age. [8D] A '48 Champ ragtop, I might add.

                  My great aunt gave me this picture. I'm pretty sure the girl is of no relations to me, but I thought I'd share anyways.



                  ___________________________________________

                  Matthew Burnette
                  Hazlehurst, Georgia
                  '59 Scotsman PU
                  '63 Daytona HT



                  http://mbstudebaker.blogspot.com/
                  http://thestudillac.blogspot.com/

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                  • #10
                    quote: Hey lstude, what's that on the fan shroud of the Hawk?
                    I painted the word "STUDEBAKER" with little V8s on each side. Thanks for posting that photo. Most of the Silver Hawk pics that I posted were taken when I was 16 ( Your age? ), so just think, when you get my age in 2051, you can post yours. Here is a picture of me and my friend who had a 56 Chevy getting ready to run 'em.



                    Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/

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                    • #11
                      quote: Hey lstude, what's that on the fan shroud of the Hawk?
                      I painted the word "STUDEBAKER" with little V8s on each side. Thanks for posting that photo. Most of the Silver Hawk pics that I posted were taken when I was 16 ( Your age? ), so just think, when you get my age in 2051, you can post yours. Here is a picture of me and my friend who had a 56 Chevy getting ready to run 'em.



                      Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/

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                      • #12
                        That last picture is great! Thanks a lot for sharing

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                        • #13
                          That last picture is great! Thanks a lot for sharing

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                          • #14
                            And who says you can't get a girl with a Studebaker?! Of course, it doesn't help me now




                            Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/

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                            • #15
                              And who says you can't get a girl with a Studebaker?! Of course, it doesn't help me now




                              Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/

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