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  • From the Archives #77 Heretofore unpublished photo from Studebaker styling 40s

    http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/e...g?t=1302141274

    A snapshot taken in the mid '40s but undated. Probably an unauthorized photo. Actual size 2 1/4 X 3 1/4."
    Richard Quinn
    Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

  • #2
    Great photo Richard, I don't suppose you have any additional angles? Studying the picture makes you wonder how exciting it was to be part of the creative team. You can see how the artist's concepts lose out to the realities of production and budget constraints when the "real thing" develops into its final form. Building a front bumper with grilles that complex would have been much more costly than anything that actually made it into production. Although the main grille in this rendition could have been a simple stamping if they used the thin material used in the '64 and later grilles. (But we know that was not the norm for the 40's.)

    Great photo...can't wait for the next!
    John Clary
    Greer, SC

    SDC member since 1975

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    • #3
      Interesting. Has a sort of '53 Plymouth flavor to it, don't you think?

      Clark in San Diego | '63 Standard (F2) "Barney" | http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

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      • #4
        Originally posted by showbizkid View Post
        Interesting. Has a sort of '53 Plymouth flavor to it, don't you think?
        Just don't look beyond the leading edge of the hood!! With a little squint, yes, there is a semblence of a '53 mayflower! Thanks for sharing your observation.

        Frank Drumheller
        Locust Grove, VA
        60S-W6
        M16-52 Boyer-bodied 1948 fire truck

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        • #5
          Actually, the model in the background to the right looks even more interesting. It has a flatter hood and fenderline in front. The "car" behind the model seems to be the full size version. Note the fender lip and wheel opening - fairly modern.
          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
            Also note the precursors to the 53 and 54 grille bars.
            Don Wilson, Centralia, WA

            40 Champion 4 door*
            50 Champion 2 door*
            53 Commander K Auto*
            53 Commander K overdrive*
            55 President Speedster
            62 GT 4Speed*
            63 Avanti R1*
            64 Champ 1/2 ton

            * Formerly owned

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            • #7
              Actually you have that backward as the Plymouth would have a Studebaker flavor in it.
              Just a mild correction.


              Originally posted by showbizkid View Post
              Interesting. Has a sort of '53 Plymouth flavor to it, don't you think?

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