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    Paint option for your '40 Champion.

    Richard Quinn
    Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review
    Richard Quinn
    Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

  • #2
    So many photos were taken in that spot! Richard, compile a book of nothing but shots in front of this building, and we can watch the years go by.


    www.studebakerhardtop.com

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    • #3
      Nice!!!

      Chris Dresbach

      1940 Champion two door.
      Parts of the 1952 Model N
      Chris Dresbach

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      • #4
        BACK IN THE GLORY DAYS!!!

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        • #5
          I had a 40 Chevy it got about 23 MPG. I'm guessing this Champ had O.D. which my Chevy didn't have. I love my Studebaker's but I venture to guess the 216 Chevy from 0 to 50 would kick our little Champions 170's butt.

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          • #6
            quote:Originally posted by JunkYardDog

            I had a 40 Chevy it got about 23 MPG. I'm guessing this Champ had O.D. which my Chevy didn't have. I love my Studebaker's but I venture to guess the 216 Chevy from 0 to 50 would kick our little Champions 170's butt.
            I would venture to guess you are wrong. Something called power to weight ratio. The Chevy had 85 h.p. to the Champs 78 but the Chevy weighed 650 lbs more than the Champion and the engine (including the clutch and transmission) in the Chevy was actually 255 lbs heavier!! The Chevy had 17.2% less horsepower per car weight than did the Champion. The Champ Six was used extensively in midget racing clear up to the late '50's because of its light weight and favorable horsepower to weight ratio.

            Get that old Stovebolt out and lets do some racing!!

            Richard Quinn
            Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review
            Richard Quinn
            Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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            • #7
              quote:Originally posted by Michidan

              So many photos were taken in that spot! Richard, compile a book of nothing but shots in front of this building, and we can watch the years go by.


              www.studebakerhardtop.com

              Same place today. It has changed a little over the years![:0]

              Chris Dresbach

              1940 Champion two door.
              Parts of the 1952 Model N
              Chris Dresbach

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              • #8
                Dick,
                Love your temperature gauge up on the brick wall adjacent to the right side door. Do you know if the two plaques on the left side survived?


                "QUIGLEY DOWN UNDER"
                MELBOURNE.

                \"QUIGLEY DOWN UNDER\"
                MELBOURNE.

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                • #9
                  Yes Jim, I believe they are in the museum. Are you suggesting they should be placed back on the building along with my thermometer? They would probably last less than 24 hours!!

                  Richard Quinn
                  Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review
                  Richard Quinn
                  Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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                  • #10
                    Interesting as I see it did 408 Miles per hour?

                    John Clements
                    Avantilover, your South Australian Studebaker lover!!!
                    Lockleys South Australia
                    John Clements
                    Christchurch, New Zealand

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                    • #11
                      That 408 mile per hour was about the first thing I noticed, also. Am guessing we can't see a decimal point.

                      '50 Champion, 1 family owner

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                      • #12
                        After a closer look, I think it says 40.8 miles per hour.
                        RE the pictures. In the first picture, is the Champion parked on a sidewalk or was the street changed drastically in later years?

                        "In the heart of Arkansas."
                        1952 Champion Starlight w/overdrive. Searcy, Arkansas
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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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                        • #13
                          Main Street was lowered in front of the Administration Building to provide additional clearence under the rail road overpass.

                          R2Andy
                          R2Andrea

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                          • #14
                            Were the roads of a higher quality back in the day to achieve 408 mph

                            Tom

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                              Richard Quinn
                              Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review
                              Richard Quinn
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