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    I know virtually nothing about the bullet nose models, but have a chance to buy one.
    It's a '50 Commander Deluxe 4 dr sedan. Does anyone know if the upholstery is original?
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    Chip
    '63 Cruiser
    '57 Packard wagon
    '61 Lark Regal 4 dr wagon
    '50 Commander 4 dr sedan

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    It does not look like it. No

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    • #3
      Looks like it might be a time-period seat cover - wonder if the original seats are under???
      Last edited by 62champ; 04-04-2016, 01:23 PM.

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      • #4
        I also vote "NO". Studebaker used a lot of grey, mostly cloth with some models getting vinyl seat backs and sides. Never used a broad stripe, that I know of.
        sigpic1966 Daytona (The First One)
        1950 Champion Convertible
        1950 Champion 4Dr
        1955 President 2 Dr Hardtop
        1957 Thunderbird

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        • #5
          That cover may be period correct. It could have even been dealer installed. A year or so after I got my first 52 I got up the nerve to remove the ragged covers. The seat looked like it had never been sat on.
          "In the heart of Arkansas."
          Searcy, Arkansas
          1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
          1952 2R pickup

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          • #6
            Originally posted by 62champ View Post
            Looks like it might be a time-period seat cover - wonder if the original seats are under???
            That would be my most curious thought. It appears to be an aftermarket period cover. One could hope!
            "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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            • #7
              Chip, how's the Body and Floors? the Interior looks pretty good after all these Years.

              Originally posted by raoul5788 View Post
              I know virtually nothing about the bullet nose models, but have a chance to buy one.
              It's a '50 Commander Deluxe 4 dr sedan. Does anyone know if the upholstery is original?
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              Joseph R. Zeiger

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              • #8
                A plus is, I see the O.D. Handle! A Commander "245" with Overdrive, can actually get going quite well with 4.56 or 4.09 rear Gears, and still Cruise pretty well!

                I would not fret about the Seat Covers, they look period correct and should wear well.
                The Originals would have been a closer match to those original Door Panels.
                StudeRich
                Second Generation Stude Driver,
                Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                • #9
                  I haven't seen the car yet, I will on Saturday. The pictures do look promising!
                  Chip
                  '63 Cruiser
                  '57 Packard wagon
                  '61 Lark Regal 4 dr wagon
                  '50 Commander 4 dr sedan

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                  • #10
                    Chip,

                    Yes, what the others said, those are seat covers, but are in real nice shape. Chances are the original material, a pinstriped fabric, is underneath.

                    Looks like a pretty decent unmolested car.

                    Keep us posted.
                    Dan Peterson
                    Montpelier, VT
                    1960 Lark V-8 Convertible
                    1960 Lark V-8 Convertible (parts car)

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                    • #11
                      All the best!!!

                      Rog
                      '59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
                      Smithtown,NY
                      Recording Secretary, Long Island Studebaker Club

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                      • #12
                        A few more pictures, any feedback would be appreciated.
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                        Chip
                        '63 Cruiser
                        '57 Packard wagon
                        '61 Lark Regal 4 dr wagon
                        '50 Commander 4 dr sedan

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                        • #13
                          My 51 commander had the original seat covers when I got it and did not look anything like that. It had a narrow strip nylon cover with no vinyl . I may have saved some of it I will check too see if I can find it

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                          • #14
                            Seat covers (the kind that goes over the factory upholstery) came in a variety of colors and patterns. I have 3 different ones here right now that would fit my 52 and be correct for the period.
                            As several have said the actual upholstery is probably gray with a pattern. It was nice looking, but did not hold up well in heavy use and many people covered the seats from the time they were new.
                            "In the heart of Arkansas."
                            Searcy, Arkansas
                            1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
                            1952 2R pickup

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                            • #15
                              Given the head light surrounds, it looks like an early 1950 to me. other options were all chrome and all plain, no chrome at all.

                              Otherwise a very nice looking find. Would like to see more pictures after you look at it!

                              Mark

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