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    Does anyone know of the current whereabouts of the Israeli stretch limo convertible that was featured in the Nov/Dec 1977 issue of Special Interest Autos? It was a pretty remarkable automobile with a 25 inch stretch, Lincoln style suicide rear doors and a Six cylinder engine! It was built as a parade vehicle for the President of Israel and was used for only two years before being sold (1966). It vanished shortly thereafter.

    R. Quinn
    Richard Quinn
    Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

  • #2
    quote:Originally posted by Studebaker Wheel

    Does anyone know of the current whereabouts of the Israeli stretch limo convertible that was featured in the Nov/Dec 1977 issue of Special Interest Autos? It was a pretty remarkable automobile with a 25 inch stretch, Lincoln style suicide rear doors and a Six cylinder engine! It was built as a parade vehicle for the President of Israel and was used for only two years before being sold (1966). It vanished shortly thereafter.
    R. Quinn
    It sticks in my (often faulty) memory that someone actually went to Israel and tried to locate the car. He was told that it was used privately for a while then was scrapped.


    [img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/R-4.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64L.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64P.jpg[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/53K.jpg[/img=right]Paul Johnson
    '53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
    '64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
    '64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
    Museum R-4 engine
    Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
    '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Avanti R-1, Museum R-4 engine, '72 Gravely Model 430 with Onan engine

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    • #3
      quote:Originally posted by Studebaker Wheel

      Does anyone know of the current whereabouts of the Israeli stretch limo convertible that was featured in the Nov/Dec 1977 issue of Special Interest Autos? It was a pretty remarkable automobile with a 25 inch stretch, Lincoln style suicide rear doors and a Six cylinder engine! It was built as a parade vehicle for the President of Israel and was used for only two years before being sold (1966). It vanished shortly thereafter.
      R. Quinn
      It sticks in my (often faulty) memory that someone actually went to Israel and tried to locate the car. He was told that it was used privately for a while then was scrapped.


      [img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/R-4.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64L.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64P.jpg[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/53K.jpg[/img=right]Paul Johnson
      '53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
      '64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
      '64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
      Museum R-4 engine
      Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
      '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Avanti R-1, Museum R-4 engine, '72 Gravely Model 430 with Onan engine

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      • #4
        It has been a well kept secret for all these years, but the truth is that the stretched car was loaded with more than 1000 lbs of high explosive and dropped from an airplane in a raid on Iraq's nuclear facilities in 1981. The extended shape of the car enabled it to be a "bunker buster" bomb. Israel had identified the need for such a weapon back in 1966 when the car disappeared. By using a Studebaker, it could be parked out in the open at an Israeli air force base without attracting attention, a classic case of "hide in plain sight". Isn't it good to know that the car gave up its existence for a good cause!

        See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Opera

        [img=left]http://www.studegarage.com/images/gary_ash_m5_sm.jpg[/img=left] Gary Ash
        Dartmouth, Mass.
        '48 M5
        '65 Wagonaire Commander
        '63 Wagonaire Standard
        web site at http://www.studegarage.com
        Gary Ash
        Dartmouth, Mass.

        '32 Indy car replica (in progress)
        ’41 Commander Land Cruiser
        '48 M5
        '65 Wagonaire Commander
        '63 Wagonaire Standard
        web site at http://www.studegarage.com

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        • #5
          It has been a well kept secret for all these years, but the truth is that the stretched car was loaded with more than 1000 lbs of high explosive and dropped from an airplane in a raid on Iraq's nuclear facilities in 1981. The extended shape of the car enabled it to be a "bunker buster" bomb. Israel had identified the need for such a weapon back in 1966 when the car disappeared. By using a Studebaker, it could be parked out in the open at an Israeli air force base without attracting attention, a classic case of "hide in plain sight". Isn't it good to know that the car gave up its existence for a good cause!

          See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Opera

          [img=left]http://www.studegarage.com/images/gary_ash_m5_sm.jpg[/img=left] Gary Ash
          Dartmouth, Mass.
          '48 M5
          '65 Wagonaire Commander
          '63 Wagonaire Standard
          web site at http://www.studegarage.com
          Gary Ash
          Dartmouth, Mass.

          '32 Indy car replica (in progress)
          ’41 Commander Land Cruiser
          '48 M5
          '65 Wagonaire Commander
          '63 Wagonaire Standard
          web site at http://www.studegarage.com

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          • #6
            quote:Originally posted by Studebaker Wheel

            Does anyone know of the current whereabouts of the Israeli stretch limo convertible that was featured in the Nov/Dec 1977 issue of Special Interest Autos? It was a pretty remarkable automobile with a 25 inch stretch, Lincoln style suicide rear doors and a Six cylinder engine! It was built as a parade vehicle for the President of Israel and was used for only two years before being sold (1966). It vanished shortly thereafter.

            R. Quinn
            It seems to me I read in TW some 20 years ago that it got scrapped. Seems very unfortunate it ended like that. We can only hope it suddenly appears in a similar way those GM Motorama showcars have; thanks to a sympathetic autowrecker owner that secretly didn't carry out the 'destroy it' order.

            Craig

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            • #7
              quote:Originally posted by Studebaker Wheel

              Does anyone know of the current whereabouts of the Israeli stretch limo convertible that was featured in the Nov/Dec 1977 issue of Special Interest Autos? It was a pretty remarkable automobile with a 25 inch stretch, Lincoln style suicide rear doors and a Six cylinder engine! It was built as a parade vehicle for the President of Israel and was used for only two years before being sold (1966). It vanished shortly thereafter.

              R. Quinn
              It seems to me I read in TW some 20 years ago that it got scrapped. Seems very unfortunate it ended like that. We can only hope it suddenly appears in a similar way those GM Motorama showcars have; thanks to a sympathetic autowrecker owner that secretly didn't carry out the 'destroy it' order.

              Craig

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              • #8
                Gary,
                Tell me your response is tongue in cheek. I remember the article in Special Interest Autos and have often wondered about the fate of the convertible limo. If I remember correctly, it was red with a white top w/silk underlinement and the script on the car was in Hebrew. Hard to imagine anyone would scrap it, no matter its condition.

                I've heard some efforts have been made to find this car. If anyone can it would be one serious coup.

                If no one has information, does anyone have suggestions as to where queries should be directed? Mr. Quinn does not ask questions out of idle curiousity. If the original writer is still with us, perhaps he has some adjunct knowledge.

                Brad Johnson
                Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
                '33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight
                "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.
                '33 Rockne 10,
                '51 Commander Starlight,
                '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
                '56 Sky Hawk

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                • #9
                  Gary,
                  Tell me your response is tongue in cheek. I remember the article in Special Interest Autos and have often wondered about the fate of the convertible limo. If I remember correctly, it was red with a white top w/silk underlinement and the script on the car was in Hebrew. Hard to imagine anyone would scrap it, no matter its condition.

                  I've heard some efforts have been made to find this car. If anyone can it would be one serious coup.

                  If no one has information, does anyone have suggestions as to where queries should be directed? Mr. Quinn does not ask questions out of idle curiousity. If the original writer is still with us, perhaps he has some adjunct knowledge.

                  Brad Johnson
                  Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
                  '33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight
                  "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.
                  '33 Rockne 10,
                  '51 Commander Starlight,
                  '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
                  '56 Sky Hawk

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                  • #10
                    For further clarification re my inquiry. I was contacted by Hemmings Motor News
                    Richard Quinn
                    Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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                    • #11
                      For further clarification re my inquiry. I was contacted by Hemmings Motor News
                      Richard Quinn
                      Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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                      • #12
                        Say, here's an idea.... I've got this here X-member frame from the Wagonaire I'm parting out. Why doesn't someone take it and put it under a Cruiser and whack the roof off???[:0][:I]
                        To make the B-pillars a bit more stout, you could fashion something of a second cowl behind the front seat. For that matter, cut away the firewall and windshield frame of the Wagonaire and make a second windscreen for the rear seat passengers. We can use it to lead the Stude parade thru South Bend whenever the meet's held there!

                        Miscreant adrift in
                        the BerStuda Triangle


                        1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                        1960 Larkvertible V8
                        1958 Provincial wagon
                        1953 Commander coupe

                        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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                        • #13
                          Say, here's an idea.... I've got this here X-member frame from the Wagonaire I'm parting out. Why doesn't someone take it and put it under a Cruiser and whack the roof off???[:0][:I]
                          To make the B-pillars a bit more stout, you could fashion something of a second cowl behind the front seat. For that matter, cut away the firewall and windshield frame of the Wagonaire and make a second windscreen for the rear seat passengers. We can use it to lead the Stude parade thru South Bend whenever the meet's held there!

                          Miscreant adrift in
                          the BerStuda Triangle


                          1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                          1960 Larkvertible V8
                          1958 Provincial wagon
                          1953 Commander coupe

                          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
                            That is the first I have heard of that car. Thanks for posting the article, but can you PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE POST THE PICTURES TOO!!! Can you scan and post them? I would love to see pix of that car. TIA




                            Ready for a trip to the beach!

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                            • #15
                              That is the first I have heard of that car. Thanks for posting the article, but can you PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE POST THE PICTURES TOO!!! Can you scan and post them? I would love to see pix of that car. TIA




                              Ready for a trip to the beach!

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