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  • #76
    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]
    1964 Studebaker Commander R2 clone
    1963 Studebaker Daytona Hardtop with no engine or transmission
    1950 Studebaker 2R5 w/170 six cylinder and 3spd OD
    1955 Studebaker Commander Hardtop w/289 and 3spd OD and Megasquirt port fuel injection(among other things)

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    • #77
      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]
      1964 Studebaker Commander R2 clone
      1963 Studebaker Daytona Hardtop with no engine or transmission
      1950 Studebaker 2R5 w/170 six cylinder and 3spd OD
      1955 Studebaker Commander Hardtop w/289 and 3spd OD and Megasquirt port fuel injection(among other things)

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      • #78
        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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        • #79
          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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          • #80
            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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            • #81
              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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              • #82
                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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                • #83
                  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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                  • #84
                    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
                    '59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
                    Smithtown,NY
                    Recording Secretary, Long Island Studebaker Club

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                    • #85
                      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
                      '59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
                      Smithtown,NY
                      Recording Secretary, Long Island Studebaker Club

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                      • #86
                        If you look in TW July 2006, page 26. you will find and article about names including the Thunderbird that Stude had. There was one Thunderbird built by Hellings Victress company, that Virgil Rice was General Manager of in 53. There is an article in Car Craft Feb. 1954 pages 40-42 that shows the car before the owner of Victress company William-I-Boyce-Smith wrecked. Virgil Rice was the Vice President of The Avanti Owners Ass. in the 70's.

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                        • #87
                          If you look in TW July 2006, page 26. you will find and article about names including the Thunderbird that Stude had. There was one Thunderbird built by Hellings Victress company, that Virgil Rice was General Manager of in 53. There is an article in Car Craft Feb. 1954 pages 40-42 that shows the car before the owner of Victress company William-I-Boyce-Smith wrecked. Virgil Rice was the Vice President of The Avanti Owners Ass. in the 70's.

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                          • #88
                            There is an interesting story about the lawsuit between the names Studebaker Wagonaire and Jeep Wagoneer.

                            I can't remember who sued who, but both cars were designed by Brooks Stevens at about the same time and I assume he also thought up the names.

                            Leonard Shepherd
                            http://leonardshepherd.com/

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                            • #89
                              There is an interesting story about the lawsuit between the names Studebaker Wagonaire and Jeep Wagoneer.

                              I can't remember who sued who, but both cars were designed by Brooks Stevens at about the same time and I assume he also thought up the names.

                              Leonard Shepherd
                              http://leonardshepherd.com/

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                              • #90
                                quote: Not a single mention of "Speedster" yet?

                                Curtis French
                                You're right Curtis. I wonder why they dropped Speedster so fast? Maybe because many cars had used the word Speedster in the 20s and 30s.

                                Leonard Shepherd
                                http://leonardshepherd.com/

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