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    Found a few pics of this ......

    Anyone have any background?
    thx



    64 GT Hawk (K7)
    1970 Avanti (R3)

  • #2
    Looks like the inspiration for the 2R grill.
    Jon Stalnaker
    Karel Staple Chapter SDC

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    • #3
      Interesting! Was this actually at the Studebaker factory or was this an outsourced design? There is a similar car in the background as well as some 47? models. It looks remarkably like this.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Re...11-17_pic1.JPG

      Terry

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      • #4
        Well, it's badged as a Studebaker Champion but I have to admit I've never seen it before. Except for the clumsy proportions on the back doors, I like it. Looks like an attempt to downsize, very much like what the guys at Ford were playing with - and also abandoning - at about the same time. Richard Quinn will know.

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        • #5
          Izzat one ah them Porsche-designed Studes???
          No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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          • #6
            Yes, this was a full scale plaster mock up completed in June 1946 (photos taken 1-21-47). I believe Joe Thompson may have been involved in the design. It is described as "short wheelbase, light weight." Note that it was a two door on one side and four on the other which was common practice for these design mock ups. Judging by the date I can only guess that it may have been under consideration for a possible successor to the '47 Exner design. I note little on this model that was ever adopted on subsequent cars. Just one of many experimental designs that was eventually relegated to the scrap bin.
            Richard Quinn
            Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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            • #7
              Here are three more photos of it....





              64 GT Hawk (K7)
              1970 Avanti (R3)

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              • #8
                I see a lot of Chrysler influence in the front end and deck lid. Maybe just coincidental...
                ~Matt Connor
                '59 Lark 2-door

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                • #9
                  Boy....that thing is homely.
                  The only difference between death and taxes is that death does not grow worse every time Congress convenes. - Will Rogers

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                  • #10
                    To me, most of it (front & side) look better than a 1947 Champion.
                    Gary L.
                    Wappinger, NY

                    SDC member since 1968
                    Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                    • #11
                      That thing's UGLY. Looks like something Eastern Europe would've built as an everymans car.
                      No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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