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    Are there any photos of prototype interiors for any cars actually produced by Studebaker? We always see pictures of prototype bodies and the interiors of prototype designs, but I have never seen a single photo of various interiors that were proposed for models that actually did get produced. There was a rendering in a recent TW showing a little bit of a '66 dash that was not as we know it, but where are the photos? Maybe Stu knows something about this.

    Here's the scenario I imagine. The guys that design the bodies are in suits and ties and get the publicity shots and the fame (as such). Meanwhile, in the caves under the engineering building where the troglodytes live is a small group of beings who are supposed to toss something together for the interior. They are not to talk to anyone but their single contact with the outside world and certainly are not allowed to photograph anything, lest it be thought that the interior designs were not simply supplied to the production line "ex nihilo". The evidence I've seen (or not) would make me conclude that the interiors could only be one way and from the beginning the final designs were never in dispute and never developed, since the troglodytes were instructed to come up with the perfect, final design right from the start. If it was true that the exterior designers had a hand in the interior, they seemed to not want to dwell on it very much. I know that Marcks, Hazelquist had a hand in the interiors of the 1966s, but again, there seems to be no interest (or maybe even records) of how the designs were developed.

    It just seems very strange, considering all the time that's spent in the interiors of the Studebakers we drive, how little we know about their development. Meanwhile, we seem to know almost everything about the developments of the smallest outer detail on the bodies.
    "Madness...is the exception in individuals, but the rule in groups" - Nietzsche.

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    There are some great shots of interior styling studies in Richard Langworth's Studebaker 1946-66: The Classic Postwar Years.
    Scott Rodgers
    Los Angeles
    SDC Member since 1989
    \'60 Lark HT
    \'63 Wagonaire
    \'66 Frankenbaker

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    • #3
      Originally posted by scott.rodgers View Post
      There are some great shots of interior styling studies in Richard Langworth's Studebaker 1946-66: The Classic Postwar Years.
      I posted the interior photo of the Spendida interior here: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...ight=splendida

      Some I took of the Sceptre interior: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...hlight=stevens

      Skyview: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...hlight=skyview

      Lark sedan: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...ghlight=mequon

      Craig
      Last edited by 8E45E; 04-02-2013, 02:25 PM.

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      • #4
        These are great Craig, but I'm looking for photos of the prototype interiors for models actually produced, not potential models.
        "Madness...is the exception in individuals, but the rule in groups" - Nietzsche.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by scott.rodgers View Post
          There are some great shots of interior styling studies in Richard Langworth's Studebaker 1946-66: The Classic Postwar Years.
          If you will pardon a little chest puffing and self promotion... that's my 50 Commander rag top on the cover of the second edition of the book.
          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

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          • #6
            That's right, Roy! That's a sweet car. Remember giving me a ride?
            "Madness...is the exception in individuals, but the rule in groups" - Nietzsche.

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            • #7
              thanks, Craig for the links!

              in the "Splendida" link post#109, shows again that Studebaker was (could have been?) ahead of its time with cup holders.
              Kerry. SDC Member #A012596W. ENCSDC member.

              '51 Champion Business Coupe - (Tom's Car). Purchased 11/2012.

              '40 Champion. sold 10/11. '63 Avanti R-1384. sold 12/10.

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              • #8
                I think there's some shots of prototype dashes in John Bridges book about Bourke.

                Edit: not that it's a BIG deal, but I've got that dozen or so prototype horn buttons (different colorations) for 57-58 sedans as well as an odd-colored Hawk button too.
                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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                • #9
                  I've seen some experimental interior shots at the archives, but I guess I haven't really been looking for them in particular.
                  Chris Dresbach

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Chris_Dresbach View Post
                    I've seen some experimental interior shots at the archives, but I guess I haven't really been looking for them in particular.
                    Hmm, maybe we can get Andy Beckman to do a couple of articles about them.
                    "Madness...is the exception in individuals, but the rule in groups" - Nietzsche.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Scott View Post
                      That's right, Roy! That's a sweet car. Remember giving me a ride?
                      Hey Scott. I haven't seen or heard from you in over 20 years. Still Studebakering, I see?
                      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

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Scott View Post
                        These are great Craig, but I'm looking for photos of the prototype interiors for models actually produced, not potential models.
                        First step is to go through ALL the production orders that read "ATTN J. HUSVAR, ENGINEERING" such as this one: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...ghlight=husvar

                        And another here: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...ghlight=husvar

                        J. Husvar was the trim engineer for interiors.

                        Second step is to see if any of the cars survive (besides that '57 GH), and take photos of them!!

                        Craig
                        Last edited by 8E45E; 04-02-2013, 08:19 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by RadioRoy View Post
                          Hey Scott. I haven't seen or heard from you in over 20 years. Still Studebakering, I see?
                          Yes, I am. I sent a PM to you.
                          "Madness...is the exception in individuals, but the rule in groups" - Nietzsche.

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