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    Folks, a friend o'mine is wondering about buying a 1955
    Champion, so he needs some info about its tag number...

    1bGbwb3020

    Could you decode this chassi number? Is this a real 55 Champion?
    What extra data we can get with this info[8D]?

    REGARDS

  • #2
    That is not like any other serial number or body tag number I have seen on a Studebaker. Perhaps it is a unique tag for a Brazil assembled car? If you post a picture of both the serial number plate (should be on the driver's side A pillar) and the body tag (should be on the right side of the engine side of the firewall) it would help. If you can't post pictures here, send them to me at

    ddstnkmp@yahoo.com

    and I will post them for you.



    Dick Steinkamp
    Bellingham, WA


    Dick Steinkamp
    Bellingham, WA

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    • #3
      quote:Originally posted by ChicoBrazil


      Folks, a friend o'mine is wondering about buying a 1955
      Champion, so he needs some info about its tag number...

      1bGbwb3020

      Could you decode this chassi number? Is this a real 55 Champion?
      What extra data we can get with this info[8D]?

      REGARDS
      I think that this is a misread body tag. 16G6W would be a 1955 Champion four door sedan. It is easy to think that the 6s are bs.

      Gary L.
      Wappinger, NY

      SDC member since 1968
      Studebaker enthusiast much longer
      Gary L.
      Wappinger, NY

      SDC member since 1968
      Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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      • #4
        As Gary guesses, that's gotta be 16G6-W6 Which is a 55 Champion 4-door in Regal trim. The 3020 is the BODY'S production sequence number.[^]


        1957 Transtar 1/2ton
        1963 Cruiser
        1960 Larkvertible V8
        1958 Provincial wagon
        1953 Commander coupe
        1957 President two door

        No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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        • #5
          quote:Originally posted by Mr.Biggs

          As Gary guesses, that's gotta be 16G6-W6 Which is a 55 Champion 4-door in Regal trim. The 3020 is the BODY'S production sequence number.[^]


          Yes, the W6 identifies it as Regal four door sedan from the late 1955 production with wrap around windshield (Ultra Vista).

          Gary L.
          Wappinger, NY

          SDC member since 1968
          Studebaker enthusiast much longer
          Gary L.
          Wappinger, NY

          SDC member since 1968
          Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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          • #6
            Here are some pictures Francisco sent me...








            Any more help for him?



            Dick Steinkamp
            Bellingham, WA


            Dick Steinkamp
            Bellingham, WA

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            • #7
              Not sure about the tag under the head bolt. It could be the engine number. It does fit within the range of '55 Champion engine numbers.


              HEY, you're not Wilbur!

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              • #8
                It's a South Bend built car. The serial number tells us that. Francisco might be advised that that serial # starts out: G 1 and not G I - the old I for numeral 1 thing.[B)]

                As Dwain suggests, that could be the engine number. Maybe they also registered vehicles using the engine number and A: this makes it easier to read or B: it has a replacement block. Behond that, it could be a tag from a local shop or garage to track their work for warranty purposes. Either way, it's not a standard factory tag.


                1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                1963 Cruiser
                1960 Larkvertible V8
                1958 Provincial wagon
                1953 Commander coupe
                1957 President two door

                No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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