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  • 1947 Studebaker Prototype

    (More history, please)


    http://bellcurveoflife.blogspot.com/...prototype.html


    1947 Studebaker prototype

    Dig the glass top.






    HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

    Jeff


    Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain



    Note: SDC# 070190 (and earlier...)

  • #2
    Your answer here: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...light=concours

    Craig

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    • #3
      Does look a bit like Willys Aero-ish front & Chevy-ish back fenders...
      Last edited by Noxnabaker; 09-22-2012, 04:59 AM.

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      • #4
        Thanks!
        Completed my 'before coffee' confusion loop this morning!
        Jeff


        Originally posted by 8E45E View Post
        HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

        Jeff


        Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain



        Note: SDC# 070190 (and earlier...)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by DEEPNHOCK View Post
          (More history, please)


          http://bellcurveoflife.blogspot.com/...prototype.html


          1947 Studebaker prototype

          /]
          The car was/is NOT a "prototype". It was Vince Gardiner's personal "toy" to go "cating around" in.
          Gary L.
          Wappinger, NY

          SDC member since 1968
          Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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          • #6
            Hmm,

            I've often wondered about some of the styling cues in 40's and 50's Studebakers that reminded me of Fords of that era and had wondered if there was a styling mole in one of the two companies. I'm beginning to think that, whoever he was, he was in Studebaker sending stuff to Ford under the table.
            Mike O'Handley, Cat Herder Third Class
            Kenmore, Washington
            hausdok@msn.com

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

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            • #7
              Originally posted by hausdok View Post
              Hmm,

              I've often wondered about some of the styling cues in 40's and 50's Studebakers that reminded me of Fords of that era and had wondered if there was a styling mole in one of the two companies. I'm beginning to think that, whoever he was, he was in Studebaker sending stuff to Ford under the table.
              Bob Bourke designed the 1949 Ford (to get a Loewy employee a job at Ford) while he was head of the Loewy Studio at Studebaker.
              Gary L.
              Wappinger, NY

              SDC member since 1968
              Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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              • #8
                More views of the car at Pebble...
                http://barchetta.mediacenter.studiol...012/?i=2063016

                Pretty sharp, indeed!
                Andy
                62 GT

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                • #9
                  I really like the look, but the steering wheel hub would make your first crash likely your last. Kinda the opposite intent from an airbag or shoulder belts.
                  sigpic
                  JohnP, driving & reviving
                  60 Lark & 58 Scotsman 4dr

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by hausdok View Post
                    Hmm,

                    I've often wondered about some of the styling cues in 40's and 50's Studebakers that reminded me of Fords of that era and had wondered if there was a styling mole in one of the two companies. I'm beginning to think that, whoever he was, he was in Studebaker sending stuff to Ford under the table.
                    Story I read said it was on top of the table - the kitchen table. Wasn't that a story I read in Turning Wheels?
                    Jon Stalnaker
                    Karel Staple Chapter SDC

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Sdude View Post
                      Story I read said it was on top of the table - the kitchen table. Wasn't that a story I read in Turning Wheels?
                      Bourke helped design the '49 Ford with another guy who was trying to get a job at Ford. Ford told him that they wanted a sample of his work, so him and Bourke and I think one other guy all met in a dining room at one of their houses in Mishawaka and started working on a clay model. One of the things that is always helpful when working with clay is that you have a sturdy table, and the guys got lucky working with a foldable metal table. The model they came up with was presented to Ford got the one guy his job but Ford like the model so much they went ahead and put it into production. Now you know the rest of the story...
                      Chris Dresbach

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                      • #12
                        For even more of "the rest of the story" - The only major change to Bob Bourke's design was that Ford changed Bob's vertical taillights at the ends of the quarter panels to small horizontal lights with a windsplit in the quarter panel as seen on production 1949-1950 Fords (enlarged for 1951).

                        EDIT: I thought that it was metal top kitchen table.
                        Gary L.
                        Wappinger, NY

                        SDC member since 1968
                        Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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