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'52 Starliner - I've Never Seen One, Is the Roof Chopped?

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  • '52 Starliner - I've Never Seen One, Is the Roof Chopped?

    Saw this in my daily James List feed. I can't remember ever seeing one of these back in the day. Is the roof a custom job or did they come from the factory like that?
    Mike O'Handley, Cat Herder Third Class
    Kenmore, Washington

    '58 Packard Hawk
    '05 Subaru Baja Turbo
    '71 Toyota Crown Coupe
    '69 Pontiac Firebird
    (What is it with me and discontinued/orphan cars?)

  • #2
    It's rare.................but it's real!!


    • #3
      Just the way God made them (other than the non-body-color rear fender welt). A Champion Six but still a lovely car.
      Last edited by rockne10; 02-03-2012, 08:44 PM.
      Brad Johnson,
      SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
      Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
      '33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight. '53 Commander Starlight
      '56 Sky Hawk in process


      • #4
        Yep, entirely stock.

        That body style was fairly popular, too, for '52: Studebaker built 12,119 Champion Starliners, the subject car.

        The Commander Starliner was even more popular at 14,548 units.

        In fact, the Commander Starliner was so popular that only the Land Cruiser (20,117) and Commander Regal 4-door (22,037) outsold the Starliner in the Commander series. BP
        We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

        G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.


        • #5
          Any tread detailing the virtues of the 52 Hardtop should include this link: , thanks to forum member Michidan.


          • #6
            The dark top may make it look lower, but it's stock.

            "In the heart of Arkansas."
            Searcy, Arkansas
            1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
            1952 2R pickup


            • #7
              You could not build that car for what they are asking!!

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              • #8
                I have a Commander and I showed it to one of my co workers that is into hot rods and the first thing he suggested was chopping the roof.
                My car is a one year body style hard top Its the second best thing about the car, First being that it is a Studebaker, and I'll not be messing with it.
                Besides have you ever priced a roof chop ? ($dang$)



                • #9
                  Lots more photos here: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...highlight=1952



                  • #10
                    Here's the "local" 52 Starliner, based in Brantford ON and seen at a cruise near Paris just after the owner got it back on the road...