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'52 Business Coupe creation--Pittsburgh-area guys

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    For some reason, I seem to remember at Kliment Bros. some time back, what looked like a '52 Studebaker business coupe, although none were actually built by Studebaker. Does anybody else remember this? Reason I ask, some miles north of there is supposedly a '51 business coupe with '52 hood and grille, and V8 engine (no doubt dropped in at some point) and I was wondering if it might be the same car. The fellow showing it is doing so for a friend who lives in Zelionople. Any ideas?

    Bill Pressler
    Kent, OH
    (formerly Greenville, PA)
    Currently owned: 1966 Cruiser, Timberline Turquoise, 26K miles
    Formerly owned: 1963 Lark Daytona Skytop R1, Ermine White
    1964 Daytona Hardtop, Strato Blue
    1966 Daytona Sports Sedan, Niagara Blue Mist
    All are in Australia now

  • #2
    When very young, I remember seeing the 51/52 in the showroom as we drove by. I think it was yelllow? No idea what ultimately happened to it though.

    My brother lives in Zelionople so I'll ask him if he knows anything.


    • #3
      What we need some energetic type to do (that leaves me out, BTW) - is to take a '51 Biz cpe and a '52 Hardtop and swap front ends on them.
      No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.


      • #4
        There was a fake 52 Champion business coupe, made from a 51 business coupe with a 52 front clip, in San Francisco some 35 years ago. A fellow named Verlyn James was trying to sell it to me.
        RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

        17A-S2 - 50 Commander convertible
        10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
        10G-Q4 - 51 Champion business coupe
        4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
        5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon
        56B-D4 - 56 Commander station wagon
        60V-L6 - 60 Lark convertible


        • #5
          The yellow coupe was sold along with everything else when Kliments was turned into a restaurant, and it was as you described, so the car you saw may well be the same one


          • #6
            Yes I talked to the guy about 3 years ago he was a contractor that did some work for the restraunt and ended up with the car. It was for sale then not sure if he sold it or not. It was discussed on this forum.

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            • #7
              As a conversation piece, a 52 business coupe clone would be neat. To be convincing more than just the front clip would need to be changed. If you wanted to clone a Commander even the dash would have to be swapped.
              "In the heart of Arkansas."
              Searcy, Arkansas
              1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
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