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MrBob 04-04-2013 09:00 PM

Studebakers, etc.
My employer collects Studebakers and whatever else catches his eye. He has property outside of a city in New Mexico where the cars are currently quietly decaying in the sun. Here are a few photos which I'll probably add to from time to time.
The owner also raced in the La Carerra Panamericana back in the day and has two of those race cars slowly being covered in bird poop.

BTW, I believe the Discovery Channel is interested in featuring this collection and I heard the owner is thinking of selling individual cars.
This thread could also be comfortable in Barn Finds and mods should feel free to move it if necessary.

soewe812 04-05-2013 01:50 AM

I didn't see any Avanti's in those pictures. No Stude collection is complete without. Got a line on a couple if he is interested.:evil

Yooper_Bob 04-05-2013 05:23 AM

It's so sad to see old cars like that slowly rotting away...

MrBob 04-05-2013 07:05 AM


Originally Posted by Yooper_Bob (Post 21113823)
It's so sad to see old cars like that slowly rotting away...

He's approached me about helping him sell parts on eBay and from time to time I become interested in the blue car, but so far my common sense is winning out.

Blakebird 04-05-2013 07:08 AM

My dad had a Studebaker Hawk when I was a youngster... really cool car from what I can remember in the 3rd grade :lol3

itsatdm 04-05-2013 11:27 AM

Gawd I am old. I remember the PanAmerica, where Oldsmobiles and Lincolns (occasional Mercury) battled it out.

Dismount 04-05-2013 11:29 AM

Oh, Hello beautiful. Come here often?

MrBob 04-05-2013 11:37 AM


Originally Posted by Dismount (Post 21116652)
Oh, Hello beautiful. Come here often?

This is the nicest car of the bunch. The grey paint has a lot of metal in it and sparkles, the interior is almost very nice, and the engine bay is only dusty with a rebuilt engine.

Neil E. 04-05-2013 12:04 PM

I had a 54 Studebaker many years ago. I miss real clutch and brake pedals that pivot from below. So much nicer to operate. I also miss having a real handbrake (it doesn't throw dirt at you when released).

Flathead engines that were so quiet you had to double check they were running. Sigh.

bk brkr baker 04-05-2013 12:06 PM

Looks like he has a thing for Aluminum skinned trailers and pick-up campers as well.
I like them too but for me 1 is enough.

MrBob 04-05-2013 12:11 PM


Originally Posted by bk brkr baker (Post 21116899)
Looks like he has a thing for Aluminum skinned trailers and pick-up campers as well.
I like them too but for me 1 is enough.

Silver Streaks - at least a dozen of them.

jeep44 04-05-2013 05:38 PM

Shouldn't he at least roll the windows up on that station wagon?:huh

My grandfather worked for Studebaker from the late '30s right up until they packed up shop and moved to Canada-which didn't last long. He always had a Lark station wagon when I was a kid.

rocker59 04-05-2013 05:45 PM

That white racer in the first photo is badass! :thumb

chazbird 04-05-2013 05:48 PM

Frank Zappa had a thing for Studebaker Hawks...and Raymond Lowery penned the Hawks and the Avanti's...pretty stylin'. Is there any truth the story that Studebakers were direct descendents of the Conastoga wagons? I think they both came from South Bend.

Offcenter 04-05-2013 06:24 PM

I don't know about connestoga wagons, but everything I've read says that long before Studebaker built cars, they built stagecoaches, especially those used by Wells Fargo. Supposedly they were built like tanks and quite a few survive today. I've heard that Wells Fargo has bought up a number of them and is displaying them at their company headquarters.

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