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  • raprice
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    As far as Studebaker names are concerned, I like Conestoga, which conjures up some of Studebaker's history. Champion, Avanti and Land Cruiser are among my favorite Stude names.
    Dictator, on the other hand, doesn't have a good ring to it.
    I agree that, if Studebaker had survived, Sceptre would have been terrific.
    Rog

    '59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop

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  • raprice
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    As far as Studebaker names are concerned, I like Conestoga, which conjures up some of Studebaker's history. Champion, Avanti and Land Cruiser are among my favorite Stude names.
    Dictator, on the other hand, doesn't have a good ring to it.
    I agree that, if Studebaker had survived, Sceptre would have been terrific.
    Rog

    '59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop

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  • lstude
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    quote:But, had you seen a St Regis before or after you found that you liked the name?
    The vision that comes to mind after you can connect the name to the style blinds you (or me?)

    Karl Haas
    When I first saw a 32 St Regis Studebaker I was surprised that they had put a name like that on a car that early. Auto manufacturers had just started naming cars in the early 30s. Before they had names like Big Six, Standard Six and Light Six and EU (whatever that means).

    I liked the name as soon as I heard it, but I also liked the car, so I don't know which affected me more.

    Leonard Shepherd
    http://leonardshepherd.com/

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  • lstude
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    quote:But, had you seen a St Regis before or after you found that you liked the name?
    The vision that comes to mind after you can connect the name to the style blinds you (or me?)

    Karl Haas
    When I first saw a 32 St Regis Studebaker I was surprised that they had put a name like that on a car that early. Auto manufacturers had just started naming cars in the early 30s. Before they had names like Big Six, Standard Six and Light Six and EU (whatever that means).

    I liked the name as soon as I heard it, but I also liked the car, so I don't know which affected me more.

    Leonard Shepherd
    http://leonardshepherd.com/

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  • 8E45E
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    quote:Originally posted by lstude

    How about Dictator! [:0]

    Leonard Shepherd
    The 'Dictator' name didn't have bad connotations at one time. In Canada, one of the department stores here (either Hudson's Bay or Simpson's; can't remember which), used the 'Dictator' name for their store brand of household appliances. Here is a 'Dictator' mantel radio.[:0]





    Craig

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  • 8E45E
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    quote:Originally posted by lstude

    How about Dictator! [:0]

    Leonard Shepherd
    The 'Dictator' name didn't have bad connotations at one time. In Canada, one of the department stores here (either Hudson's Bay or Simpson's; can't remember which), used the 'Dictator' name for their store brand of household appliances. Here is a 'Dictator' mantel radio.[:0]





    Craig

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  • sumf
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    quote:Originally posted by lstude

    I was just kidding about Dictator.

    I really think Studebaker's best and most enduring name was Champion. People today who know little about Studebakers connect Studebaker with Champion...even the Keystone club used it on their Lark! [:0]



    My favorite name was the 32-33 St Regis. Chrysler used it in the mid 50s.

    The most confusing name IMO, was Custom. It was the low end model in 50-52, but then they made it the high end sedan model in 63. Most customers and dealers didn't order it. they ordered the Regal, which was a much better name and Buick picked that up.

    I have also always liked the Commander State . Don't know what it means but it sounds important.

    Leonard Shepherd
    http://leonardshepherd.com/


    But, had you seen a St Regis before or after you found that you liked the name?
    The vision that comes to mind after you can connect the name to the style blinds you (or me?)

    Karl Haas

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  • sumf
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    quote:Originally posted by lstude

    I was just kidding about Dictator.

    I really think Studebaker's best and most enduring name was Champion. People today who know little about Studebakers connect Studebaker with Champion...even the Keystone club used it on their Lark! [:0]



    My favorite name was the 32-33 St Regis. Chrysler used it in the mid 50s.

    The most confusing name IMO, was Custom. It was the low end model in 50-52, but then they made it the high end sedan model in 63. Most customers and dealers didn't order it. they ordered the Regal, which was a much better name and Buick picked that up.

    I have also always liked the Commander State . Don't know what it means but it sounds important.

    Leonard Shepherd
    http://leonardshepherd.com/


    But, had you seen a St Regis before or after you found that you liked the name?
    The vision that comes to mind after you can connect the name to the style blinds you (or me?)

    Karl Haas

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  • PlainBrownR2
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    Best and worst and names are kinda difficult for me as the names usually denoted trim and engine options for Studebaker, among other things. So I gonna change it a little here:
    Best name: Avanti
    Worst name: Splendida(The prototype name that had that was gonna be in place of Avanti. I pray they did not have a yellow color option in the model line for this vehicle, lol)
    Ford's Taurus wasnt as much the one that got me as a rental car. The Escort was a real wonder as a rental car that could be built on the cheaperrrr(and not Stude longevity cheaper either,lol). Four cylinder Yamaha engine in a few, and not even the real meat of the SHO(we got the name and some trim items) or Cosworth performance parts the overseas counterparts received. Therefore, theres two models in that era that I look at and see them as four wheels and some metal, not much else, lol.


    1964 Studebaker Commander R2 clone
    1950 Studebaker 2R5 with 170 turbocharged
    [img=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/DSC00003.jpg?t=1171152673[/img=left]
    [img=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/DSC00009.jpg?t=1171153019[/img=right]
    [img=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/DSC00002.jpg?t=1171153180[/img=left]
    [img=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/DSC00005.jpg?t=1171153370[/img=right]

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  • PlainBrownR2
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    Best and worst and names are kinda difficult for me as the names usually denoted trim and engine options for Studebaker, among other things. So I gonna change it a little here:
    Best name: Avanti
    Worst name: Splendida(The prototype name that had that was gonna be in place of Avanti. I pray they did not have a yellow color option in the model line for this vehicle, lol)
    Ford's Taurus wasnt as much the one that got me as a rental car. The Escort was a real wonder as a rental car that could be built on the cheaperrrr(and not Stude longevity cheaper either,lol). Four cylinder Yamaha engine in a few, and not even the real meat of the SHO(we got the name and some trim items) or Cosworth performance parts the overseas counterparts received. Therefore, theres two models in that era that I look at and see them as four wheels and some metal, not much else, lol.


    1964 Studebaker Commander R2 clone
    1950 Studebaker 2R5 with 170 turbocharged
    [img=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/DSC00003.jpg?t=1171152673[/img=left]
    [img=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/DSC00009.jpg?t=1171153019[/img=right]
    [img=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/DSC00002.jpg?t=1171153180[/img=left]
    [img=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/DSC00005.jpg?t=1171153370[/img=right]

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  • StudeRich
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    Are you sure those aren't the Western Union telegram code words, if so no one actually spoke them! And they sure don't sound like anyone EVER would! [:0]

    quote:Originally posted by DilloCrafter

    I got this from p.16 of the Dec. 1993 Turning Wheels article on the '55 trucks. Here are some good truck model names that were used internally by dealers in 1955 for Studebaker's various model numbers of the E Series trucks:
    My favorites -
    Amazon (1/2 ton, 185 Six)
    Adonis (1/2 ton, 245 Six)
    and the rest -
    Ballad (3/4 ton)
    Campus (1 ton)
    Cypress (1 ton chassis & cab)
    Globin (should it be Goblin?) (1 1/2 ton)
    Hexane (2 ton)
    StudeRich
    Studebakers Northwest
    Ferndale, WA

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  • StudeRich
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    Are you sure those aren't the Western Union telegram code words, if so no one actually spoke them! And they sure don't sound like anyone EVER would! [:0]

    quote:Originally posted by DilloCrafter

    I got this from p.16 of the Dec. 1993 Turning Wheels article on the '55 trucks. Here are some good truck model names that were used internally by dealers in 1955 for Studebaker's various model numbers of the E Series trucks:
    My favorites -
    Amazon (1/2 ton, 185 Six)
    Adonis (1/2 ton, 245 Six)
    and the rest -
    Ballad (3/4 ton)
    Campus (1 ton)
    Cypress (1 ton chassis & cab)
    Globin (should it be Goblin?) (1 1/2 ton)
    Hexane (2 ton)
    StudeRich
    Studebakers Northwest
    Ferndale, WA

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  • Studedude1961
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    Chris Pile: Great post and good points! Lucerne might be and is a city in Switzerland but for we Baby Boomers who grew up on Safeway's "Lucerne" brand milk it means...milk! I want my Buicks to be Electras, and LeSabres and Centurys! I know these names mean squat to the newest generations but they aren't buying Buicks anyway! I may be alone in thinking that by throwing away the name and rank heritage, GM, Ford and Chrysler did a great disservice to themselves. After all, spending millions upon millions of dollars to buy brand recognition only to throw it all away doesn't make much sense. As noted in a few posts earlier, Ford has decided to scrap the 500 name and call the same car the "Taurus." For most people, "Taurus" is short for "Rental Car." But if Ford had tacked on the Galaxie name to the 500...who knows. Make it a little hotrod and again, who knows where it could go saleswise but Taurus? No thanks. That name anymore has the sex appeal of pull-along luggage.

    Studedude1961
    --1963 Cruiser

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  • Studedude1961
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    Chris Pile: Great post and good points! Lucerne might be and is a city in Switzerland but for we Baby Boomers who grew up on Safeway's "Lucerne" brand milk it means...milk! I want my Buicks to be Electras, and LeSabres and Centurys! I know these names mean squat to the newest generations but they aren't buying Buicks anyway! I may be alone in thinking that by throwing away the name and rank heritage, GM, Ford and Chrysler did a great disservice to themselves. After all, spending millions upon millions of dollars to buy brand recognition only to throw it all away doesn't make much sense. As noted in a few posts earlier, Ford has decided to scrap the 500 name and call the same car the "Taurus." For most people, "Taurus" is short for "Rental Car." But if Ford had tacked on the Galaxie name to the 500...who knows. Make it a little hotrod and again, who knows where it could go saleswise but Taurus? No thanks. That name anymore has the sex appeal of pull-along luggage.

    Studedude1961
    --1963 Cruiser

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  • studegary
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    Studebaker didn't maintain the Starliner name and Ford picked up the rights. That is why the '58 Studebaker hardtop is a Starlight, instead of the Starliner that it should have been.

    Gary L.
    Wappinger, NY

    1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)

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