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  • 51 commander conv Is it real?

    Saw this a few minutes ago. Looks good in pics. Is this a real convertible or one of the Studebakers bar tribute cars? Just curious, I am not a player on it either way. Steve https://www.proxibid.com/asp/LotDeta...1%26refine%3D#
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    The description indicates it's real, but the cowl tag (which is there) can't be read.....Questions like this one are another reason 'repo' serial/cowl tags have the potential to create problems!

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    • #3
      Quality repo body tags have not been available until Jerry Kurtz started producing them recently. The Serial No. would reference the production order that would reveal the original body designation. I see no reason to believe it is anything but a '51 Commander convertible. The Serial No. indicates a Commander built in Canada.
      "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

      Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
      Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
      sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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      • #4
        Looks like the real deal to me. Sure is a lot of red.

        The Studebakers restuarant chain originated here in Tallahassee, and a local friend knows the guy who built up all of the display cars. The same friend ended up with two of them, one was sold and the other was parted out. The restaurant cars were very crude.

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        • #5
          What is a 'repo' tag?
          Something you get when you don't pay for your Stude?


          Originally posted by SN-60 View Post
          The description indicates it's real, but the cowl tag (which is there) can't be read.....
          Questions like this one are another reason 'repo' serial/cowl tags have the potential to create problems!
          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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          • #6
            Originally posted by DEEPNHOCK View Post
            What is a 'repo' tag?
            Something you get when you don't pay for your Stude?
            No Jeff, a 'repo' tag is a term we use in the automotive world to indicate that a vehicle's serial number plate, (or cowl tag in the case of Studebaker vehicles), has been reproduced.

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            • #7
              Interesting... Learn something new every day...
              I Googled 'repo tag' and get nothing related to cars.

              Then Googled 'repro tag' and got quite a few hits.
              Then Googled 'repop tag' and got more hits.

              I've been in the automotive world for a long, long time and never heard the term 'repo tag'....


              Originally posted by SN-60 View Post
              No Jeff, a 'repo' tag is a term we use in the automotive world to indicate that a vehicle's serial number plate, (or cowl tag in the case of Studebaker vehicles), has been reproduced.
              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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              • #8
                Jeff, SN-60 is always more than willing to enlighten a fellow forum member!

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                • #9
                  Sailed right over your head, Ed....

                  Originally posted by SN-60 View Post
                  Jeff, SN-60 is always more than willing to enlighten a fellow forum member!
                  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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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by DEEPNHOCK View Post
                    Sailed right over your head, Ed....
                    You think?

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                    • #11
                      This has the convertible top (at least the mechanism) and proper rear seat. The restaurant cars were usually hacked from sedans.
                      It would be nice to see this one with the top up though, wouldn't it?
                      KURTRUK
                      (read it backwards)




                      Nothing is politically right which is morally wrong. -A. Lincoln

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