Welcome fans of the pride of South Bend. I am a long-time Studebaker fan and Studebaker Driver's Club member, having owned a 57 Silver Hawk in high school and a 59 Lark Regal Hardtop in college. Since then, I have owned other Studes as hobby cars including a 62 Champ Pickup, a 64 Canadian Commander Special, a 62 GT Hawk, a 60 Lark Regal 4-door, and my present 57 Silver Hawk (not the same one I owned in high school -- that one I wrecked). If you have any suggestions or comments, please send me a message. Both text and image contributions are welcome.


September 1998

"Faux" 1955 President Speedster

Rear View of this Cool Stude

These pictures of this cool "faux" 1955 Studebaker President Speedster were taken at the Sully Plantation Car Show in Northern Virginia earlier this year. Studebaker called these colors Sun Valley Yellow and Hialeah Green although this color scheme is sometimes referred to as "lemon and lime." This was the most common color scheme for Speedsters, with 763 out of 2,215 Speedsters produced for 1955 having this combination. Speedsters were only made as hardtops. This car, however, is a five-window coupe. The owner is Dr. Dietmar Schildwaechter of Sterling, Virginia. Dietmar bought the car at York last year knowing that it was not a "real" Speedster. He just liked the car! Whoever did the conversion did a really nice job. Thanks to Hal Hermann of the Potomac Chapter of SDC who provided the information about Dietmar's interesting and unique car.

Front Angle View

I'm Getting a Craving for Lemonade!

Fog lights and wire wheel covers were standard Speedster items and both have been installed on this car. In addition, the seats in Dietmar's car replicate the Speedster's leather upolstery pattern. Were it not for this car being a coupe, it would be hard to tell it from a "real" Speedster.


"Real" 1955 Studebaker Speedster

For comparison purposes, here is a "real" 1955 Studebaker President Speedster. It is even in the same "lemon and lime" color scheme. However, a close look reveals that there is no center post on this car because it is a hardtop. Otherwise, the two cars are very difficult to tell apart.


1961 Lark Regal Convertible

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Dinky Toys 1957 Golden Hawk

This Dinky Toys Number 169 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk is from my personal collection. The Dinky Golden Hawk was also issued in green with tan trim. The green version is less common than the brown version shown above, although neither is close to a factory paint color. Dinky issued several other Studebaker models, including a 1952 Land Crusier, 1955 Commander Hardtop, and 1957 President Sedan. To see more toy Studes, visit my Studebaker Toys Home Page.

Click here for information on ordering a toy Frankenstude Hot Rod in five available colors, 1961 Champ Truck, or 1951 Starlight Coupe.

My Midnight Black 1957 Silver Hawk is on the
August 1998 Turning Wheels Back Cover.

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Published 9/1/1998