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  • Hey, Texas is a lot closer to Alabama, where PLawley a Forum Member NEEDS that!

    Closer than the West Coast where some '57 Sedan/Wagons are.


    http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...Champion-Wagon
    Last edited by StudeRich; 02-28-2018, 12:35 PM.
    StudeRich
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    Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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    • Originally posted by StudeRich View Post
      Hey, that's a lot closer to Alabama, where a PLawly Forum Member NEEDS that!

      Closer than the West Coast where some '57 Sedan/Wagons are.


      http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...Champion-Wagon
      Rich, were you at F&F when Max Baer Jr. (Jethro Bodine on Beverly Hillbillies) came in looking for a 1950 Studebaker?

      He had just completed filming Macon County Line, but a scene was missing.

      He needed to film a scene where the passenger reaches over the front seat to retrieve a shotgun laying on the back seat.

      At that time, I owned a '47 Land Cruiser, so I told him no one would know the difference.

      So he and other members of the production company came over to my house that night, but they didn't have a shotgun.

      So, not only did I provide the car, but the shotgun as well.

      I was supposed to be paid 50 bucks, but the check never arrived.
      Last edited by WinM1895; 02-28-2018, 12:57 PM.

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      • Sorry you got "Had" Bill, but I knew nothing about that one.

        I do remember when Howard Hughes' "Lady Friend's" Chauffeur brought her "Hughes Gift" '56 Packard Caribbean Convertible in for Service though!

        It is now or was on 5/21/2017 in the "Driving Car Museum" in El Segundo, CA

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        Last edited by StudeRich; 02-28-2018, 03:49 PM.
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        • Originally posted by StudeRich View Post
          Sorry you got "Had" Bill, but I knew nothing about that one.

          I do remember when Howard Hughes' "Lady Friend's" Chauffeur brought her "Hughes Gift" '56 Packard Caribbean Convertible in for Service though!

          It is now or was on 5/21/2017 in the "Driving Car Museum" in El Segundo, CA

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          The Caribbean is a 1955 and when it came into F&F, it had less than 300 miles on the clock. The address on the R/O was 7000 Romaine Street, Hughes' HQ in Hollywood.

          When I first looked at it while standing behind the parts counter, I thought it was a nice restoration, then when I got closer, I noticed the white walls had turned brown, then I looked at the odometer. WOW!

          Hughes was married to actress Jean Peters at this time, so it could have been a gift for her.

          One thing that was 'for sure' .. it hadn't been driven probably since 1955 due to the unbelievable low miles.

          The Driving Museum is located in the former Hessel Chevrolet building in El Smellgundo. It's owned by Stan Zimmermann & Earl Rubenstein, who is an architect.

          I first met Earl shortly after I joined Packards International in 1966. Earl lived several blocks away and showed up unannounced.

          He had a very nice mostly original 1935 Packard 120 convertible for sale, wanted 700 bucks for it.

          I wish I knew then what I do now. Even though 700 bucks was probably all it was worth at that time, today it's worth a median 5 figures.

          The city of El Segundo was founded by Standard Oil Co. of CA and it's named after their second CA oil refinery (El Segundo: The Second).

          People have been calling the city El Smellgundo ever since.
          Last edited by WinM1895; 02-28-2018, 05:03 PM.

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          • 1941 "Unexpected Uncle".
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            • There is a scene in the Disney movie "The Love Bug" showing a '51 Stude in an automotive impound area. You can watch it on Youtube.

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5aAJ7TKrQ4


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              • There's a 1959-60 (I think) Hawk in the original Superman movie. The video quality isn't great in this Youtube clip, but you can clearly see the car.

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnemVxvTNS0

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                • The James Bond movie "Goldfinger" has a scene with an early Lark 4-door. If you watch this entire clip, you will notice that Felix Leiter's T-bird miraculously sprouts a rear fender skirt at the end of the chase scene. The Continental that gets crushed also seems to be missing its engine and radiator when it is hoisted into the air before being dropped into the crusher. Oh well, great scene and movie, nonetheless!


                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHvIv01QNhA


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                  • There is a scene in American Graffiti with a '55 President coupe:

                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gx7QdFbxr1c

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                    • There's a (dark?)red 53-55 by the diner too in American Graffiti + a (I think it's green) in the scrapyard & a white Lark parked by the street, seen a few times.
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                      • Just saw a 63' Horizon Green Lark in the opening scene of "Muscle Beach Party" w/ Frankie & Annette....

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                        • Cought this pic from googeling but forgot the name of the movie & can't find it again, I think ia was called something with the word "furious" in:

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                          (& it's the second dark red 53-55 sedan I've seen in a movie so far & that's the color Josephine's gonna be.)
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                          • Cought this pic from googeling but forgot the name of the movie & can't find it again, I think ia was called something with the word "furious" in:
                            I was in Havana when they shot that a couple years ago. Fast & Furious 8. It was the first American film production there since 1958. One day we were walking down the Malecón and they had just wrapped up shooting for the day, so a parade of a couple dozen 40's and 50's hot rods drove past us, on the way to wherever they stored them at night. A bunch of them had American speed part company stickers on them and they all had throaty V8's—so you knew they weren't real-deal Cuban rides. American advertising swag was largely unavailable, and 99% of the old American cars there are powered by European 4-bangers or diesels!

                            I caught the movie a few months ago while at a friend's house. Possibly the worst thing I've ever watched in my life? Egregiously terrible—to me, at least. The Havana part was the opening 10 minutes, and had zilch to do with the 80 minutes that followed. It also felt like why go to all the trouble and expense of shooting in Havana when the majority of what audiences end up seeing just gets created in a computer by a series of 0's and 1's? Oh yeah, not to mention the classic winning-a-race-by-driving-100-mph-in-reverse trope. What kind of transmissions are in these cars anyway??

                            Okay—curmudgeonly rant over! That's a damn sweet Stude in the screen cap, for sure, and a beautiful color to boot.

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                            • In the 1988 movie "Rain Man", there was a gold 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk called out while Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman were on their drive from Ohio to California. Tom's character rattled off some specs about the car that appeared to be correct. (I'm not a Hawk guy, so I don;t know for sure.)
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                              • Originally posted by BILT4ME View Post
                                In the 1988 movie "Rain Man", there was a gold 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk called out while Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman were on their drive from Ohio to California. Tom's character rattled off some specs about the car that appeared to be correct. (I'm not a Hawk guy, so I don;t know for sure.)
                                Here it is:


                                "Would you look at that, 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk. Zero to sixty in under eight seconds. 275 supercharged horsepower under that hood."
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