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From the archives #157 (Good thing she didn't order a convertible)

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  • From the archives #157 (Good thing she didn't order a convertible)

    Or a Starliner....

    52 tornado car.jpg
    Richard Quinn
    Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

  • #2
    OCH! Poor Commander, it MAY have been a 2 Door Sedan.
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
    Proud '54 Starliner Owner


    • #3
      And the door still opened! She was one Lucky gal!
      sigpic1957 Packard Clipper Country Sedan

      "There's nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer"
      Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle
      "I have a great memory for forgetting things" Number 1 son, Lee Chan


      • #4
        With today's seat belt laws she never would have made it.
        I'd rather be driving my Studebaker!



        • #5
          On that day my uncle was in the field on the back of a tractor and could see the cloud complex over the Waco about an hour north of his location - he said as big and black as it was, you just knew it was not going to be good.

          And the '52 wasn't the only Studebaker in the middle of things:


          • #6
            114 deaths - 196 businesses and factories were destroyed; 217 sustained major damage, and 179 sustained lesser damages. 150 homes were destroyed, 250 sustained major damage, and 450 sustained lesser damages. Over 2000 cars were damaged or destroyed and the First United Methodist Church was severely damaged. Over half the dead - 61 - were in a single city block bounded by 4th and 5th streets and Austin and Franklin avenues. This tornado tied the 1902 Goliad tornado for the deadliest in Texas and 11th deadliest in the United States. 597 additional people were injured and the tornado caused up to $41.2 million in property damage.[1]
            Richard Quinn
            Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review


            • #7
              What a mangled mess that poor 52 is. Yet, with those discs and whitewalls it still manages to look classy.