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  • #16
    Originally posted by romanwarrior109 View Post
    /Cut/I'm still a bit fuzzy on the differences between the champion and the commander, Is it the same body with better guts or is it a different style altogether?/Cut/
    As long as we are talking non-Land Cruiser, the differences are very few on the Main Body of the 1951 Models, mostly Interior trim and Dashboard, Commanders were more expensive and had to show a bit more Luxurious and expensive appointments.
    Of course the whole Power Train including Brakes, was upgraded to stronger, larger on Commanders both '50 and '51.

    The 1950 Commander is a different story. While the Non-Land Cruiser Models did have the same Main body as Champions, the entire front end was Longer, Heavier looking etc. with larger Parking lights which entailed Larger Headlight/Parking Light Rims.
    Other Details like Tail Lights, Trunk Handles, & other Trim were changed to mostly just look "Different' for the money.

    The Commander Land Cruisers were a Model all by themselves, with a Longer Wheelbase than Standard Commanders, a stretched Rear Seat Area with a fold down Armrest and Longer Rear Doors.
    The 1951 Land Cruiser also had a longer wheelbase than other "Commanders" like the even Longer 1950's as these "Y" Body Studebakers were always from their inception back in 1934, a Top of the Sedan Line, Luxury, Semi-Limousine Model.

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ID:	1707056 Mickey Rooney Advertizing for Studebaker, on a '34 Land Cruiser.

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ID:	1707057 Here is a 1950 Commander Land Cruiser with the larger (245 C.I.D.) than Champion (169) Flathead 6 Cyl. Engine.
    These LC's can be distinguished by their Longer Rear Doors with opening Vent Windows.
    Last edited by StudeRich; 06-05-2016, 09:02 PM.
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
    Proud '54 Starliner Owner


    • #17
      Also watch out for jealous "brand X" car owners!