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  • Chris' other Eye Candy 1/5-1/6 The ultimate job!

    http://www.studebaker-info.org/Magan...MInov1947.html I think this would be the cooles job other than just building the real cars or testing them at the proving ground! (If you haven't noticed, I have a thing for prototypes.

    Chris Dresbach
    Chris Dresbach

  • #2
    I wonder what happens to those little cars?
    I, (like everyone else here) would love to have one.
    Especially the same year as my Stude or one of the models I hope to someday own.

    Have you ever seen one for sale?

    Dean.

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    • #3
      Same here, always wanted one. The only one I ever saw anywhere that we went was at a collectible auction, it was a Pierce Arrow and went for TWENTY something THOUSAND. So- -I just keep wishing. John

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      • #4
        Well... Remember, these were clay and being from the '40s, '50s, etc. if they weren't properly stored, or exposed to moisture, they would crack and fall apart. Or, if it was a prototype that was to be kept a secret or something, Studebaker could have destroyed it. There are a few small clay models on display at the SNM, a 1940, and a 1952 Champion, and one other, but I forget what it is of. I really do wish somebody would fix the bumper on the clay of the '40 though, if you have ever seen it, the front bumpers glue on the right side broke off with age, so the bumper is just hanging by the left side! It would only take a few drops of super glue to fix, but who knows...[V] The ones I would like to know what happoned to are the full size clay models, I've never seen one.[?]

        Chris Dresbach
        Chris Dresbach

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        • #5
          In that one picture of the wind tunnel testing, I wonder if they ever had one of the small models just lift up and blow away?![)][][:0]

          Chris Dresbach
          Chris Dresbach

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          • #6
            There are a couple on display in the SNM. Here's one of the '52 hardtop, in two-tone green:



            It was displayed opposite a full-size version of the real thing!



            There was also a 1/8-scale Avanti concept clay, part of the Loewy portion of the exhibit:



            Maybe they've got more stashed somewhere?


            [img=left]http://members.cox.net/clarknovak/lark.gif[/img=left]

            Clark in San Diego
            '63 F2/Lark Standard
            http://studeblogger.blogspot.com
            www.studebakersandiego.com

            Clark in San Diego | '63 Standard (F2) "Barney" | http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

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            • #7
              It seems to me there is a 47-49 convertible at the SMN also.
              Klif

              55 Speedster
              63 Avanti R2
              63 Lark R2
              55 Speedster/Street Machine
              63 Avanti R2
              64 Convertible R1

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              • #8
                "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

                Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
                Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
                sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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                • #9
                  quote:Originally posted by klifton1

                  It seems to me there is a 47-49 convertible at the SMN also.
                  Klif

                  55 Speedster
                  63 Avanti R2
                  63 Lark R2
                  That's it! Thank you, that's the clay that I remembered being there, but couldn't picture!

                  Chris Dresbach
                  Chris Dresbach

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                  • #10
                    Saw that Texas 52 Hardtop at Pate and the Austin Tx national meet in 1998. He had it for sale at the National meet for $12,000 beautiful car.

                    101st Airborne Div. 326 Engineers Ft Campbell Ky.

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                    • #11
                      With all the computerized design programs today, do designers even make such models anymore?

                      Joe Roberts
                      '61 R1 Champ
                      '65 Cruiser
                      Editor of "The Down Easterner"
                      Eastern North Carolina Chapter
                      Joe Roberts
                      '61 R1 Champ
                      '65 Cruiser
                      Eastern North Carolina Chapter

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                      • #12
                        Chris this is a fantastic piece for us history nuts.

                        If you look at the 6th picture down, you will see two men in suits. These are none other than than Raymond Loewy on the right and Virgil Exner on the left. IMHO these two represent 2/3's of the design triumverant of the late 30's to 60's. Missing is Harly Earle. Exner is the only one to have worked for both Loewy and Earle. He came to the Loewy Studios in the late 30's after serving as the chief designer for the Pontiac division under Earle. His first assignment was the design onf the front end of the 39 Studebaker.

                        See you in the future as I write about our past
                        sigpicSee you in the future as I write about our past

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                        • #13
                          quote:Originally posted by JRoberts

                          With all the computerized design programs today, do designers even make such models anymore?

                          Joe Roberts
                          '61 R1 Champ
                          '65 Cruiser
                          Editor of "The Down Easterner"
                          Eastern North Carolina Chapter
                          Actually, yes. Only I'm not sure if they do the small models anymore. I know they still build full size clay models.

                          Chris Dresbach
                          Chris Dresbach

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                          • #14
                            quote:Originally posted by JRoberts

                            With all the computerized design programs today, do designers even make such models anymore?

                            Joe Roberts
                            '61 R1 Champ
                            '65 Cruiser
                            Editor of "The Down Easterner"
                            Eastern North Carolina Chapter
                            Actually, yes. Only I'm not sure if they do the small models anymore. I know they still build full size clay models.

                            Chris Dresbach
                            Chris Dresbach

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