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    Rather than reinvent the wheel, I moved my post to an old existing thread- see

    [img=right][/img=right][img=right][/img=right][img=right][/img=right][img=right][/img=right]Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia
    '53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
    '64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
    '64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
    Museum R-4 engine
    1962 Gravely Model L (Studebaker-Packard serial plate)
    1972 Gravely Model 430 (Studebaker name plate, Studebaker Onan engine)

  • #2
    My friend< Chuck Motley, just bought a DVD collection of the old TV program Sky King and one episode has them riding in a 49 Commander convertible most of the scene.

    Leonard Shepherd


    • #3
      Last weekend I went to see "Leatherheads", Mr. Clooney's 20's era football flick.
      If you need a belly laugh, go see this movie - but I looked in vain for a Studebaker.

      Chris Pile
      StudeFolk Manager
      The only difference between death and taxes is that death does not grow worse every time Congress convenes. - Will Rogers


      • #4
        Brief shot of a early Lark in the trailer for this new movie.(near the end, between the credits.)

        "I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."
        Thomas Jefferson
        JDP Maryland


        • #5
          I'm not proud to admit it, but I did watch "The Love Bug" the other day. Since it was a "car" movie made in the late 60's, there were lots of interesting cars, including a number of Studebakers. What I found most interesting (and distressing) was the jalopy, demo derby and figure 8 racing in the opening scenes. You would think they would be using low end sedans, but instead they were almost exclusively 30's coupes and 50's 2 dr coupes, hardtops and even convertibles. All being enthusiastically smashed into scrap.

          Steve Hudson
          The Dalles, Oregon
          1949 "GMOBaker" 1-T Dually (workhorse)
          1953 Commander Convertible (show & go)
          1953 Champion Starliner (custom/rod project)
          1954 Champion Coupe (daily driver)
          1960 Hawk (future project?)

          Steve Hudson
          The Dalles, Oregon
          1949 \"GMOBaker\" 1-T Dually (workhorse)
          1953 Commander Convertible (show & go)
          1953 "Studacudallac" (project)


          • #6

            I also recently watched "The Love Bug." Friendly faire for our five year old son. I took note of the opening racing footage. "Yep. That's where all the coupes went." Raced and ruined. I'd say that's why there are few survivors today.

            Spotted a couple Studes in the movie. Cringed at the blatant "Oriental" stereotypes.[B)][B)][B)] Made me want to go apologize to our close Asian friends. UGH!!![V]

            (read it backwards)

            (read it backwards)

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


            • #7
              One movie I havent seen listed is from 1986 called "Out of Bounds". Its main car was a 60 Lark convertible. At the time I was a manager of a port facility in Long Beach & a couple of scenes were filmed there, mostly a shootout- chase scene that took 3 nights to film. If anyone ever sees it, you'll see a group of Gm/Isuzu trucks lined up getting "shot". It was an interesting experience seeing how they were set up to look damaged, altho some trucks did get slight damage (broken lenes, windshield cracks, ect). The prime rib they served the crew was excellent too!!

              60 Lark convertible
              61 Champ
              62 Daytona convertible
              63 G.T. R-2,4 speed
              63 Avanti (2)
              66 Daytona Sport Sedan
              59 Lark wagon, now V-8, H.D. auto!
              60 Lark convertible V-8 auto
              61 Champ 1/2 ton 4 speed
              62 Champ 3/4 ton 5 speed o/drive
              62 Champ 3/4 ton auto
              62 Daytona convertible V-8 4 speed & 62 Cruiser, auto.
              63 G.T. Hawk R-2,4 speed
              63 Avanti (2) R-1 auto
              64 Zip Van
              66 Daytona Sport Sedan(327)V-8 4 speed
              66 Cruiser V-8 auto


              • #8
                I did not go through and read all of the entries in the "studes in starring roles" thread, however, I did a search for "Gone with the wind" and I found nothing. That bieng said, I believe that the buggy that Clark Gable and ...whatsername..Scarlet O'hara ride in is a Studebaker. I saw a picture of the buggy in a 1984 turning wheels (April, I think). I do not believe that it has been mentioned yet. Now I am going to have to watch that movie (again!) and try to match that particular buggy up to the picture to find out which scene it is in.

                1963 Lark Custom, 259 V8, TT, 4 doors, 2 tone paint. Driven often, always noticed. Man I love this car!!