Pick of the Day: 1949 Studebaker Starlight

1949 Studebaker Starlight coupe is located in Port Townsend, Washington
1949 Studebaker Starlight coupe is located in Port Townsend, Washington

The advertisement on ClassicCars.com for Pick of the Day, a 1949 Studebaker Starlight coupe, was placed by someone assisting “an elderly car-enthusiast friend who has been a long-time collector of primarily post-war American classic automobiles who desires to reduce his inventory.”

Several vehicles from the collection are available, it seems, most coming from the Chicago area two to three decades ago, with some sort of restoration started at that time. The advertisement says the cars have been kept in ventilated, insulated dry storage in Port Townsend, Washington.

Another view
Another view

The focus here is on what is purported to be a rust- and dent-free ’49 Studebaker Commander Starlight coupe which at some point got a fresh coat of Bahama Mist paint and a new set of whitewall tires.

The ad notes that the driver’s seat bottom and front bench seat need new upholstery.The car shows 95,499 miles on its odometer, has its original engine and a manual transmission.

The asking price is $16,000.

Studebaker introduced the Starlight coupe in 1947 and kept it in production into 1952. Design was by Virgil Exner, who would become the influential chief designer for Chrysler.

The car’s long-hood, long-rear-decklid design, along with its raked windshield and panoramic wraparound backlight, had some people confused as to whether the car was coming or going.

To which comedian Fred Allen reportedly promised that, “Next year, Studebaker is coming out with a model that you won’t be able to tell if it is going sideways.”

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Pick of the Day: 1950 Studebaker Champion Starlight Coupe

The Studebaker Champion got a bullet nose for 1950
The Studebaker Champion got a bullet nose for 1950

One of the most distinctive cars of 1950 was the “bullet-nose” Studebaker Champion, an effort to set itself apart in difficult times by the venerable company that started out making covered wagons.

The Champion was designed when all the major automakers were experimenting with post-war “modern” styling. Studebaker was struggling against the Detroit Big 3, but it did have an ace up its sleeve: famed industrial designer Raymond Loewy, the guy who made everything from toasters to locomotives look cool. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1955 Studebaker President

The Studebaker President was adorned with a massive chrome front end
The Studebaker President was adorned with a massive chrome front end

Studebaker was so much ahead of the styling curve during the mid-1950s, thanks to famed industrial designer Raymond Loewy, who also created the Coca-Cola bottle, the Lucky Strike cigarette pack and, later, the iconic Studebaker Avanti, among many other designs ranging from streamlined locomotives to stylish toasters.

The Pick of the Day, a 1955 Studebaker President two-door sedan, was an extension of the 1953 Starliner coupe, with which Loewy and his team set Studebaker apart from other U.S. automakers with a low and sleek family car that brought sporty design to the American mainstream. Continue reading

Former Avanti employees invited to owners group gathering

Avanti owners will return to South Bend for annual gathering with other Studebaker owners groups | Bill Panzica SportingShots photos
Avanti owners return to South Bend for gathering with other Studebaker owners groups | Bill Panzica SportingShots photos

There will be something very special about the annual Avanti Owners Association International meet scheduled for May 3-5 in South Bend, Indiana. Well, actually a couple of things, since the meet is being held in conjunction with the 53rd annual Studebaker Drivers Club Meet and the Antique Studebaker Club International Meet. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1930 Studebaker President

The Studebaker President is said to be fully restored and ready to roll
The Studebaker President is said to be fully restored and ready to roll

For most of today’s old car hobbyists and collectors, pre-World War II classic cars are vestiges of the distant past, vehicles that were before our time, that we never experienced or desired when they were actually on the road. But as tastes mature, there is a growing appreciation for the wonderful antique automobiles that range back to the start of the 20th Century.

The Pick of the Day, a 1930 Studebaker President four-door sedan, is a Full Classic included by the Classic Car Club of America in its list of recognized automobiles. As such, it’s in the company of such top-drawer marques as Duesenberg, Bugatti, Pierce-Arrow, Hispano-Suiza, Packard and Delahaye, among others built between 1915 and 1948. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1965 Studebaker Commander Wagonaire

The Studebaker Commander Wagonaire looks to be in good condition
The Studebaker Commander Wagonaire looks to be in good condition

Interest has been growing in vintage station wagons as fun collector cars, mainly focused on the Detroit behemoths of the 1950s through the ’70s, although smaller, quirkier wagons have their fans, too.

Take, for instance, the Pick of the Day, a 1965 Studebaker Commander Wagonaire, which might seem small compared with the domestic wagons of the period. But typical for Studebaker, the Wagonaire offered more for less. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1947 ‘Black Bart’ Studebaker Starlight coupe

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1947 “Black Bart” Studebaker Starlight coupe | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the 2nd in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Tammy Allen Collection to be sold October 13-15 at Barrett-Jacksons 2016 Las Vegas Auction. 

Offered without reserve from the Tammy Allen collection to cross the Las Vegas Barrett-Jackson block October 13-15 is a 1947 Studebaker Starlight coupe dubbed “Black Bart.” Built by award-winning builder Tony Carlini. “Black Bart” is the 4-wheel version of the late builder’s one-time line of custom show motorcycles.

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Pick of the Day: 1964 Studebaker Avanti

Styled under the direction of the great Raymond Lowey, the Studebaker Avanti was a unique looking car
Styled under the direction of the great Raymond Lowey, the Studebaker Avanti is a unique-looking car

The 1960s were a tough time for the smaller American auto manufacturers. The Big 3 had all but cornered the market in just about every category, leaving such companies as AMC and Studebaker to basically pick up the scraps with low-cost economy cars. Studebaker did not see much growth potential in this and despite an ever-shrinking bank account, decided to create a halo car in the form of a top-tier personal-luxury/GT coupe, the Studebaker Avanti, which debuted in 1963. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1947 Studebaker M5 pickup truck

The Studebaker pickup looks factory fresh
The Studebaker pickup looks factory fresh

Pickup trucks once were merely working vehicles appreciated for nothing more than getting the job done. But vintage pickups have risen in popularity among those who appreciate their classic style and who enjoy the simple pleasure of driving a basic truck.

Just about all the attention among collectors is on Ford, Chevy and Dodge trucks, but there is much to be said for the pickups from lesser brands, such as International, Hudson, even the highly collectible Diamond T. Studebaker holds a special place in the hearts of many hobbyists, and the pickups from the late, lamented brand have a unique style that sets them apart.

The pickup is a half-ton short-bed model
The pickup is a half-ton short-bed model

The Pick of the Day is a 1947 Studebaker M5 pickup, an attractive short-bed stepside model that has been restored to original, the seller says. The half-ton truck is located in Maple Lake, Minnesota, which sounds like the kind of place where you’d find a 69-year-old Studebaker pickup truck. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1963 Studebaker Lark custom sedan

The little Studebaker Lark looks very clean with a nicely aggressive stance
The little Studebaker Lark looks very clean with a nicely aggressive stance

I’ve always liked the idea of a sleeper, a plain-Jane car with hidden hot rod performance designed to surprise the muscle-car guys when the light turns green. A street-rod-building buddy of mine once took a ’65 Rambler American and tuned it with a 500-horsepower V8, race-spec drivetrain, disc brakes and suspension mods, while keeping it essentially bone stock on the outside.

The Pick of the Day is something along the same lines, a 1963 Studebaker Lark VI two-door sedan that packs a 350 cid Chevrolet V8 under its hood. Although the Lark has been slightly lowered, has a louvered hood and wears a set of American Racing wheels — plus those little Moon eyes behind the front wheels – it stills look stock enough to fool the locals. Continue reading