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  • 42 Blackout Champion - a rare sight!

    Not something you see everyday. A short talk with the driver who was hauling it for the owner. Still, a rare sight I had to document:




  • #2
    First one I've ever seen.
    Lou Van Anne
    62 Champ
    64 R2 GT Hawk
    79 Avanti II

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    • #3
      Air temperature was 10 degrees. Wind chill below zero. Not the best conditions to tell a story in. Did get that the car served as a Civil Defense unit from the era. Current owner saved it from becoming a "Hot Rod". No chrome on the car at all. Don't know all the details, but it truly looks to be a '42 Blackout model.

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      • #4
        Nice to see a rare car! According the RQ, they made 4612 Champion 'Model 90' in blackout trim. http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...-2012-calendar

        Being a Civil Defence car, it would have got 'special privileges' at the gas pumps during the war!!

        Craig

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        • #5
          So glad you took the time to document your encounter! I'm sure that many Stude fans (myself included) have never seen one.
          ~Matt Connor
          '59 Lark 2-door

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          • #6
            It does look like a blackout car built just before auto production ceased to help the war effort. I remember, as a kid, my dad had to tape the upper part of the headlights on his '39 Stude Commander. Supposedly, this would prevent any airplane pilot from seeing his headlights. I guess Civil Defense didn't realize that the headlight beams could be easily seen anyway.
            Rog
            '59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
            Smithtown,NY
            Recording Secretary, Long Island Studebaker Club

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            • #7
              It now graces the front cover of the current issue (May/June 2016) Antique Studebaker Review parked on a driveway with green grass and no nasty snow in the background. A very interesting car!

              Craig

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              • #8
                It does look like a blackout car built just before auto production ceased to help the war effort. I remember, as a kid, my dad had to tape the upper part of the headlights on his '39 Stude Commander. Supposedly, this would prevent any airplane pilot from seeing his headlights. I guess Civil Defense didn't realize that the headlight beams could be easily seen anyway.
                Rog





                Well it does have a hood over the lenses. Thanks for posting such a rare car.
                101st Airborne Div. 326 Engineers Ft Campbell Ky.

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