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    I saw this period picture of a 54 with a different style wheel cover. I don't think I have seen a set of these on a car.
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    IIRC - those were accessories for those 1953-55 style wheel covers. Others will correct if I am wrong.

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    • #3
      Yes, a legit option it was called "The Sportster," part #AC-2497 sold for $3.00 each in 1954. That is for the spinner only. Went with the full disc cap #AC-2492. Pretty rare.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by 62champ View Post
        IIRC - those were accessories for those 1953-55 style wheel covers. Others will correct if I am wrong.
        I agree. Pretty rare items.
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        • #5
          TWO with AC-2497 in one week! http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...egal-Starliner

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          • #6
            Originally posted by 62champ View Post
            IIRC - those were accessories for those 1953-55 style wheel covers. Others will correct if I am wrong.
            These Sportster hub caps were a Studebaker factory accessory for the 1954 model year. I believe that they are only correct on 1954 models.
            Note that they were authorized for use on both the full wheel covers and the standard hub caps, but not on the wire covers.
            Last edited by studegary; 11-26-2014, 11:52 AM. Reason: missing letter
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            • #7
              Originally posted by 52-fan View Post
              I saw this period picture of a 54 with a different style wheel cover. I don't think I have seen a set of these on a car.
              I do not believe that is a "period picture". The car appears to be loaded with accessories, but no radio (antenna). It also appears to have 1955 side trim installed on a 1954 and I do not beieve that the air scoop support should be body color.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by studegary View Post
                These Sportster hub caps were a Studebaker factory accessory for the 1954 model year. I believe that they are only correct on 1954 models.
                Note that they were authorized for use on both the full wheel covers and the standard hub caps, but not on the wire covers.
                According to the 1955 Studebaker Accessories booklet and the "55 Studebaker Perspective on Value" (saleman's book) these were indeed an option in 1955.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by studegary View Post
                  I do not beieve that the air scoop support should be body color.
                  It is on my Canadian assembled 54 K.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by 2moredoors View Post
                    According to the 1955 Studebaker Accessories booklet and the "55 Studebaker Perspective on Value" (saleman's book) these were indeed an option in 1955.
                    Thank you. I stand corrected. I was mostly concerned that they are not correct on a 1953 since they did not come out until the 1954 model year.
                    I do not have any of that 1955 literature. I only remember owning two 1955 models (Speedster and Commander coupe).
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by dictator27 View Post
                      It is on my Canadian assembled 54 K.

                      Terry
                      I was trying to go by factory pictures of new cars.
                      Especially for that period, Canadian and California production had many differences from South Bend production.
                      There were also changes during the years.
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                      • #12
                        I dig em. Anyone know of any knockoffs that are close to the same as these? No pun intended. I would like to put some on my custom 53-55 HT
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                        • #13
                          I think they are the same spinner as used on the Packard Hawk deck lid overlay.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by studegary View Post
                            I do not believe that is a "period picture". The car appears to be loaded with accessories, but no radio (antenna). It also appears to have 1955 side trim installed on a 1954 and I do not beieve that the air scoop support should be body color.
                            Good call on the 55 trim. I didn't even notice. The reason I called it a period picture was the overall look of the photo and the fact that it was in a group of pictures taken years ago. I did not mean it was a picture of a new car however.
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                            • #15
                              I believe the air scoop supports were body color up until the 61 models came out with the silver lower scoops. GT's were flat to semi gloss black.
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