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    I went to the the local Stude club annual concours yesterday (Sunday). Here are a some pics of a couple of ambulances, which I'm led to believe was only an Aussie thing??.









    Matt
    Brisbane
    Australia
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  • #2
    I've never heard of any 1960's Stude being converted into a full on ambulance here in the USA..............ambulets, yes. Probably due to the tiny pool of prospective platforms readily available in Australia. And too; the only small platform with a V8 Down Under in the early 1960's (before the AP6 Valiant [1965-66] or XR Falcon [1967]) outside of the Compact Fairlane.
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    "Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"

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    • #3
      Good looking rigs. Here are some US examples.
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      • #4
        Studebaker ambulets are not unknown in the U.S.
        The bumped roof ambulances are an obviously superior example of the wizards of OZ.
        "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.
        sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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        • #5
          I posted these before from Australian Classic Car Magazine: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...ight=ambulance

          Craig

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          • #6
            So, do they make Studebaker UTEs down under?
            Jon Stalnaker
            Karel Staple Chapter SDC

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            • #7
              Ah shucks, they eliminated the sliding roof.
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              In the middle of MinneSTUDEa.

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              • #8
                Looks like they eliminated the water leaks from the sliding roof also!
                59 Lark wagon, now V-8, H.D. auto!
                60 Lark convertible V-8 auto
                61 Champ 1/2 ton 4 speed
                62 Champ 3/4 ton 5 speed o/drive
                62 Champ 3/4 ton auto
                62 Daytona convertible V-8 4 speed & 62 Cruiser, auto.
                63 G.T. Hawk R-2,4 speed
                63 Avanti (2) R-1 auto
                64 Zip Van
                66 Daytona Sport Sedan(327)V-8 4 speed
                66 Cruiser V-8 auto

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Aussie Hawk View Post
                  I went to the the local Stude club annual concours yesterday (Sunday). Here are a some pics of a couple of ambulances, which I'm led to believe was only an Aussie thing??.









                  Matt, Thanks for posting those fresh photos of the two surviving Aussie ambulances. The light coloured one I rescued back in the mid seventies by buying it direct from the East Gippsland Ambulance Service here in Victoria. There were four or five in this fibreglass body style built here. The blue one was originally built in Queensland along with ten or more others by Superior Body Works from new sedans supplied by Canada Cycle & Motor Co here in Melbourne. The original colour was a mid beige being the corporate colour of the Queensland Ambulance Transport Brigade at the time.

                  \"QUIGLEY DOWN UNDER\"
                  MELBOURNE.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Warren Webb View Post
                    Looks like they eliminated the water leaks from the sliding roof also!
                    Warren,
                    You are right on the button. We had so much problem with water leaks on NEWLY assembled '63 sliding roof Wagonaires that we only marketed fixed roof options during 1964 & beyond.

                    \"QUIGLEY DOWN UNDER\"
                    MELBOURNE.

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                    • #11
                      Low Horsepower Ambulance



                      Larry Y
                      North Wales, PA

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                      • #12
                        HI Matt.
                        Marius Venz from Adelaide had a Superior Coach works ambulance with a single light in the raised front of the roof.I recall seeing it often in the seventies and eighties,so I'm guessing it survives today.I bought a fawn coloured Superior ambulance from Ray Crunkhorn,also from Adelaide,but mine didn't have the raised round projection in the roof for the light.Mine still had the original drawers and shelves as used when it was new.Strangely,mine was licensed as a 65,but had a Studebaker V8 and auto trans.I towed a 26 Standard six tourer to W.A. with it and sold the ambulance years ago.It was close to fully restored,so I guess it still exists,but I haven't seen it for years.
                        My ambulance had an interesting adventure after its years of ambulance service.A Stude collector in Adelaide with many award winning cars was having a mild stroke and an ambulance was needed.We called for an ambulance and told the driver to look for the fawn ambulance at the street corner and we'd take him to the patient,so there we were-a Studebaker ambulance leading a Ford F250 ambulance down the street to collect the patient,who survived by the way.True story.
                        A.C.Moisley

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Chantony View Post
                          HI Matt.
                          Marius Venz from Adelaide had a Superior Coach works ambulance with a single light in the raised front of the roof.I recall seeing it often in the seventies and eighties,so I'm guessing it survives today.I bought a fawn coloured Superior ambulance from Ray Crunkhorn,also from Adelaide,but mine didn't have the raised round projection in the roof for the light.Mine still had the original drawers and shelves as used when it was new.Strangely,mine was licensed as a 65,but had a Studebaker V8 and auto trans.I towed a 26 Standard six tourer to W.A. with it and sold the ambulance years ago.It was close to fully restored,so I guess it still exists,but I haven't seen it for years.
                          My ambulance had an interesting adventure after its years of ambulance service.A Stude collector in Adelaide with many award winning cars was having a mild stroke and an ambulance was needed.We called for an ambulance and told the driver to look for the fawn ambulance at the street corner and we'd take him to the patient,so there we were-a Studebaker ambulance leading a Ford F250 ambulance down the street to collect the patient,who survived by the way.True story.
                          Interesting that, having a Studebaker V8 in a 65! We already knew that the Studebakers in Australia (and New Zealand I would guess) retained the 64-65 Front ends rather than changing to the 66 style, but this is a new one!

                          Where were the taillights sourced from? One looks like earlier Lark sedan, and another looks slightly like the 62 station wagon design

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                          • #14
                            Studebaker made ambulances/"ambulets" in the U.S. as early as the '30s. There's one in the SNM from the South Bend Epworth hospital which later became Memorial hospital. It's a little known fact, but the Studebaker brothers donated the land to build the Epworth hospital.
                            Chris Dresbach

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                            • #15
                              It is interesting to note the illustrated 1909 Ambulance Wagon has a brass "The Studebaker Corporation" name plate attached. The Studebaker Corporation was not incorporated until 1911 succeeding the Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company. Brass name plates with "Studebaker Bros Mfg Co" were used until 1911. I have one of these earlier name plates so perhaps the 1909 Ambulance may be a couple of years later if the attached name plate is correct??

                              \"QUIGLEY DOWN UNDER\"
                              MELBOURNE.

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