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    Never knew Stude cars went back so far...did the company ever produce an electric car? Is there a photo of such a horseless carriage?



    It's amazing just how pure and simple this design is, and how well it's stood the test of time. I think the ultimate version of the c/k's for style would have been the 53 K, no front bumper guards, 54 tail lights, painted headlight rims. What do you think? Got to get me a hat like the dude is wearing...stylin'.






    54 Champ C5 Hamilton car. In my family since 1958.
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    1954 C5 Hamilton car.

  • #2
    Yes they had electric cars. You could buy electric, gasoline or animal powered vehicles from the Studebaker Co.

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    • #3
      As a matter of fact, Thomas Edison himself helped develop the first Studebaker electric and purchased car number 2. They only produced electrics when they started in the car business in 1902.

      Jon Stalnaker
      Editor, Hawk Talks
      Karel Staple Chapter SDC
      Jon Stalnaker
      Karel Staple Chapter SDC

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      • #4
        Yep, they produced electric cars(trucks too, but I never see them). This was taken at Omaha, and I believe this was an exact representation of a Runabout, but a neat vehicle nonetheless .



        [IMG=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/55%20Studebaker%20Commander%20Streetrod%20Project/P1010531-1.jpg[/IMG=left]
        [IMG=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/55%20Studebaker%20Commander%20Streetrod%20Project/P1010550-1.jpg[/IMG=left]
        [IMG=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/Ex%20Studebaker%20Plant%20Locomotive/P1000578-1.jpg[/IMG=right]
        [IMG=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201964%20Studebaker%20Commander%20R2/P1010168.jpg[/IMG=right]

        1964 Studebaker Commander R2 clone
        1963 Studebaker Daytona Hardtop with no engine or transmission
        1950 Studebaker 2R5 w/170 six cylinder and 3spd OD
        1955 Studebaker Commander Hardtop w/289 and 3spd OD and Megasquirt port fuel injection(among other things)

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        • #5
          quote:Originally posted by junior
          Got to get me a hat like the dude is wearing...stylin'.

          Hey Junior... that "dude" with the "stylin' hat" is none other than Studebaker President Harold S. Vance.

          <h5>Mark
          '57 Transtar Deluxe
          Vancouver Island Chapter
          http://visdc.shawwebspace.ca/ </h5>


          Mark Hayden
          '66 Commander
          Zone Coordinator
          Pacific Can-Am Zone

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          • #6
            okay, that means I'll double have to get me one...the Prez eh?? Wow, usually you see pictures of Lowey (sp?) in these types of shots even though we know who is really responsible for this timeless design. Junior



            54 Champ C5 Hamilton car. In my family since 1958.
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            1954 C5 Hamilton car.

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            • #7
              If I recall seeing some of these at the shows, due to the age of these vehicles, many are usually reproduced from either the originals or drawings of the vehicles. There's really nothing to constructing 'em, except the labor of construction. [}]

              [IMG=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/55%20Studebaker%20Commander%20Streetrod%20Project/P1010531-1.jpg[/IMG=left]
              [IMG=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/55%20Studebaker%20Commander%20Streetrod%20Project/P1010550-1.jpg[/IMG=left]
              [IMG=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/Ex%20Studebaker%20Plant%20Locomotive/P1000578-1.jpg[/IMG=right]
              [IMG=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201964%20Studebaker%20Commander%20R2/P1010168.jpg[/IMG=right]

              1964 Studebaker Commander R2 clone
              1963 Studebaker Daytona Hardtop with no engine or transmission
              1950 Studebaker 2R5 w/170 six cylinder and 3spd OD
              1955 Studebaker Commander Hardtop w/289 and 3spd OD and Megasquirt port fuel injection(among other things)

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              • #8
                What powered these electric jobs, and how far did they go on a charge? Usually older electric cars used wet cells that weighed a ton, took forever to charge and had a dismal range. I remember the Autolite Wedge,(at least I think that's what it was called)made for B'ville. The car was more battery than anything else, but sure had a wicked body. Can't wait to see how successful the new GM volt will be, I guess time will tell. Regardless, this Stude is very interesting. Junior.



                54 Champ C5 Hamilton car. In my family since 1958.
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                1954 C5 Hamilton car.

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                • #9
                  I think it was a bank of batteries, electric motor, and maybe a large variable rheostat or switch, kinda like an oversized Power Wheels or an electric golf cart. Evidently they made these from 1902-1912 before switching to gas. They were mainly an urban vehicle, as they didn't need as many refueling centers "balling" around town . As for the technical details, range, etc, anybody else know on such things?

                  I'm not a big fan on using this sort of reference, but here's some more info on the electric cars:

                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Studebaker_Electric

                  [IMG=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/55%20Studebaker%20Commander%20Streetrod%20Project/P1010531-1.jpg[/IMG=left]
                  [IMG=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/55%20Studebaker%20Commander%20Streetrod%20Project/P1010550-1.jpg[/IMG=left]
                  [IMG=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/Ex%20Studebaker%20Plant%20Locomotive/P1000578-1.jpg[/IMG=right]
                  [IMG=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201964%20Studebaker%20Commander%20R2/P1010168.jpg[/IMG=right]

                  1964 Studebaker Commander R2 clone
                  1963 Studebaker Daytona Hardtop with no engine or transmission
                  1950 Studebaker 2R5 w/170 six cylinder and 3spd OD
                  1955 Studebaker Commander Hardtop w/289 and 3spd OD and Megasquirt port fuel injection(among other things)

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                  • #10
                    Electric Studebaker for the first Congressional subway in Washington, DC. On display at Swigart Museum, Huntingdon, Pa.
                    http://www.swigartmuseum.com/
                    "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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