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    has Studebaker ever made a convertible in 1952 to 1959?? I was at a Car show in Lewiston Id. today meet a man that claims there was . I have never seen one.
    Also where can I find pictures of 1953 to 1959?

    Thanks Mel Musgrave

  • #2
    Mel: Technically:

    1. Studebaker marketed regular-production 1952 convertibles in both Champion and Commander series, so many would have been built during calendar year 1952.

    2. Studebaker built at least one 1953 convertible prototype, but it was not part of the 1953 product line.

    3. While the Lark convertible was introduced as a 1960 model, and was, they obviously had to build some of them in calendar year 1959, as 1960 models, so, of course, they did. But there were no 1959 model year Lark convertibles marketed.

    4. They did not offer or market convertibles for model years 1953 through 1959. [8D]BP
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    • #3
      quote:Originally posted by ke7lap

      has Studebaker ever made a convertible in 1952 to 1959?? I was at a Car show in Lewiston Id. today meet a man that claims there was . I have never seen one.
      Also where can I find pictures of 1953 to 1959?
      Thanks Mel Musgrave
      Mel,
      Studebaker used the term "Convertible" rather loosely in some model years. They had model offerings they called "CONVERTIBLE" but actually had hard steel tops [u]AND</u> other model offerings they called "CONVERTIBLE" that had soft covered tops. So your car show friend today was somewhat correct.

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      • #4
        Here's a picture of mine, before & after

        http://www.turnerbrake.com/52%20Commander.htm

        Jim
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        • #5
          I recall seeing a photo of the 53 prototype convertible sitting out the rear of a factory many years ago.Does it still exist?

          A.C.Moisley
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          • #6
            Great Job Jim! And yes I have seen the photo of the 53 Convertible along with a hardtop posted here on the forum. Both cream color.
            Good Roads
            Brian


            Brian Woods
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            1946 M Series (Shop Truck)
            Brian Woods
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            1946 M Series (Shop Truck)

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            • #7
              Absolutely awesome job of recovery...Thanks for sharing!!!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by 52 Ragtop

                Here's a picture of mine, before & after
                http://www.turnerbrake.com/52%20Commander.htm
                Great job and great patience, Jim!!![^][^] What a beautiful car.

                Your picture with the caption, "on the Notre Dame campus"...isn't that actually Tippecanoe Place?


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                • #9
                  Here's a shot of the prototype, now in a private collection in California, although I don't believe it was this color while still owned by Studebaker. It was originally a '53 model, but the factory updated it to '54 specs before selling it to a Studebaker employee on the condition it would never be re-sold. He kept that promise for over 30 years.
                  [img][/img]


                  Steve Hudson
                  The Dalles, Oregon
                  1949 "GMOBaker" 1-T Dually (workhorse)
                  1953 Commander Convertible (show & go)
                  1953 Champion Starliner (custom/rod project)
                  1954 Champion Coupe (daily driver)
                  1960 Hawk (future project?)

                  Steve Hudson
                  The Dalles, Oregon
                  1949 \"GMOBaker\" 1-T Dually (workhorse)
                  1953 Commander Convertible (show & go)
                  1953 "Studacudallac" (project)

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