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    follow up to the mercedes head light treatment--
    http://www.cars-on-line.com/24632.html

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  • #2
    $110,000 seems over the top to me.
    Or am I out-of-touch with today's prices?
    / H

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    • #3
      That's a pretty highly customized car. Cost a lot of moo-la to build!

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      • #4
        Personally if it were mine, I'd spend another 5g to have those stupid gawd-awful headlights trash-canned.
        They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I consider the pure original design to be much more attractive than this atrocity.
        The classic C&K has been lauded for more than 50 years as one of the most beautiful passenger car designs ever produced, and as time moves on its original distinctive beauty, that set it apart in the beginning, is what will continue to be appreciated, I expect that in a few short years we will look at such modifications, and say "What-in-sams-hell-were-they-thinking?
        To me it looks as grotesque as those old '50s and '60s "customs" that had Cadillac fins welded and bondoed on every which way.

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        • #5
          quote:Originally posted by Jessie J.

          Personally if it were mine, I'd spend another 5g to have those stupid gawd-awful headlights trash-canned.
          They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I consider the pure original design to be much more attractive than this atrocity.
          The classic C&K has been lauded for more than 50 years as one of the most beautiful passenger car designs ever produced, and as time moves on its original distinctive beauty, that set it apart in the beginning, is what will continue to be appreciated, I expect that in a few short years we will look at such modifications, and say "What-in-sams-hell-were-they-thinking?
          To me it looks as grotesque as those old '50s and '60s "customs" that had Cadillac fins welded and bondoed on every which way.
          I had to agree on forum and off forum to host some beers at Omaha this summer to dig out of MY post like this. A few more of these and it will be FREE BEER at Omaha for the entire week for all forum members.[]

          Dick Steinkamp
          Bellingham, WA

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          • #6
            Actually, there is a certain Studebaker pedigree to oval headlights like that. Take a look at 1931-1932 Studebakers. Maybe we'd feel better about the look if we referred to it as the early 30's Studebaker headlight treatment. Again, Studebaker was WAY ahead of the others (by how many decades?). This time it was Mercedes. Nice try, Mercedes. You may now join the ranks of Subaru and others who have appropriated Studebaker design cues or engineering achivements.
            "Madness...is the exception in individuals, but the rule in groups" - Nietzsche.

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            • #7
              You gotta remember that Studebaker and Mercedes go hand in hand. Back in the 60s Studebaker sold Mercedes.

              I'm sure that's what this guy was thinking

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              • #8
                Ya like it or you don't. I don't[V] I will say that I think the rear treatment of this car is tastefully done. Not that I would do it like that, but at least it's in keeping with the car's character.

                Bourke's sculpting might well have been limited by the available technology of the day. But then, it was his skill at WORKING IN what those limitations were and still making your heart throb that afforded him the big bucks. Studebaker didn't just hire off the street to staff their styling studios. Heaven knows - THEY COULD HAVE.... but they chose to hire acknowledged design professionals.
                The original headlites (to my limited and uninspired vision [xx(]) arrangement is part of what makes the car look aggressive and yet integrated.
                You can chrome it up, denude it, chop the roof, french the taillites, etc., etc., and still maintain the integrity of the designer's eye. Once you start lopping off defining sections of the sculpture, you've only proven that you can - not necessarily made an improvement.

                I'm an artist. I consider myself a pretty good one too. I pride myself at having good judgement for balance and perspective in things that are created to titillate the eye. I look at this car and I see something that doesn't jive. The physical execution of the mod is well done. There's nothing wrong with Mercedes (or Porsche) headlites on their respective mounts. But just doing it to prove one can - well - that's essentially what you end up with..... proof that you can.
                I could mount lawn mower wheels on a DVD player. How many would laud the results??? Can you imagine the Tums you'd need to see what C-K headlites look like when grafted onto a Porsche?[xx(]

                But of course, it IS YOUR CAR. That fact allows you to do as you see fit and take pride in the finished product[^] And I'll back your right to do so 'til the bitter end.

                Miscreant at large.

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                1958 Provincial wagon
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                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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                • #9
                  I don't mind the "laid back" headlamps....looks like a modern take on a traditional custom styling cues...back when headlights were "frenched" and trim shaved.

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                  • #10
                    This illustrates the problem with customs. You get a car that you like, but when it is time to sell it may be hard to find someone else who likes it. This one certainly appears well done and very professional, but not a look I would choose.

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                    • #11
                      I like your idea Mr. Biggs! Put some lawn mower wheels on a DVD player and put it on eBay. I'll bet you a beer in Omaha it sells for more than you think! Just make sure it's tastefully done[8D]
                      "Madness...is the exception in individuals, but the rule in groups" - Nietzsche.

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                      • #12
                        This car is not really one for your typical Stude-O-Phile. It might have lots of appeal to a wealthy person looking for a distinctive, no-expense- spared, radical hot rod to play with. I think that it is a "money pit" that will probably change hands many times in the next few years. Given a choice, I would rather have the black GN-powered one that EBay sold for $28,000 several weeks ago--those 'cedes headlights looked better. That being said, I personally would do none of the above mods to my own C/k Studebaker, if I was fortunate enough have one at present.

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                        • #13
                          By golly Scott - I just might try it!

                          Travelite DVD player.

                          Wanna be a wheel amongst couch potatoes? Wanna "cut down" on your TV habits? Wanna give your lazy hubby a subliminal hint? Here's a TV topper that'll roll out the results![]

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                          Miscreant at large.

                          1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                          1960 Larkvertible V8
                          1958 Provincial wagon
                          1953 Commander coupe
                          1957 President 2-dr
                          1955 President State
                          1951 Champion Biz cpe
                          1963 Daytona project FS
                          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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                          • #14
                            quote:Originally posted by Packebaker

                            This car is not really one for your typical Stude-O-Phile. It might have lots of appeal to a wealthy person looking for a distinctive, no-expense- spared, radical hot rod to play with. I think that it is a "money pit" that will probably change hands many times in the next few years. Given a choice, I would rather have the black GN-powered one that EBay sold for $28,000 several weeks ago--those 'cedes headlights looked better. That being said, I personally would do none of the above mods to my own C/k Studebaker, if I was fortunate enough have one at present.
                            I agree, the black with the mercedes hdlt treatment is one of my favorites.

                            53commander HDTP
                            53 Champion HDTP
                            61 Cursed Purple Hawk
                            64 Champ long bed V8
                            64 GT
                            64 Champ long bed V8
                            55/53 Studebaker President S/R
                            53 Hudson Super Wasp Coupe

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                            • #15

                              I had to agree on forum and off forum to host some beers at Omaha this summer to dig out of MY post like this. A few more of these and it will be FREE BEER at Omaha for the entire week for all forum members.[]


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                              I kinda like Dick's suggestion!!!

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                              Laisez le bon temps roulez avec un Studebaker

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