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.



1969 Avanti II

Side View

Nice Interior

Under the Hood

This outstanding 1969 Avanti II belongs to Steve Wood of Greenville, South Carolina. Steve indicates that this is an original car that was repainted about 18 years ago. As with all early Avanti II's, it is powered by a Chevy 327 engine. Early Avanti II's look much the same as those made by Studebaker except for the lack of a forward rake and, of course, the absence of Studebaker nameplates. Steve's car is one of 92 Avanti II's produced in 1969.

If you own or once owned a Studebaker or related vehicle and would like to see your car as "Stude of the Month" or in the "Cool Studes" section, or if you have other pictures or material that you would like to see in this page, please e-mail me here. I can accept either electronic or hard copy images.

The first "Stude of the Month" appeared in October 1995. Many of the early scans used for the Stude of the Month were fairly small due to the modem and storage limitations of the time. I am currently in the process of rescanning early photos used in this section and in the "More Cool Studes" section. Past Studes of the Month and More Cool Studes are in the Studebaker Stuff area.


1951 Starlight Coupe

This picture was taken by Roger Bass at the 2001 Studebaker International Meet. Bill Hower sent it to Bill Junge who sent it to me. Bill Junge has his own web site called Bullet Nose Paradise which is dedicated to 1950 and 1951 Bullet nose Studebakers. Thanks again to Roger, Bill, and Bill for helping to keep this page in new material.

Three Golden Hawks

The green and white car is a 1956 model with a 352 cubic inch Packard engine. The other two are 1957 or 1958 models with supercharged 289 cubic inch Studebaker engines. Both engines were rated at 275 horsepower. This photo was also taken by Roger Bass at the 2001 International Meet.

Studebaker Junkyard in Kentucky

This picture along with several others was sent in some time ago by Daniel Minchen. Daniel indicates that the pictures were taken along Route 31 East near Uno, Kentucky. He describes his find as a "crop of rusting Studes sitting in the shadows of a Kentucky tobacco field." As with the British Columbia Stude wrecking yard featured earlier this year, I'll include a different shot from the Kentucky yard with each of the next several updates. Thanks to Daniel for sending along a fine group of junkyard pictures.

Did you know that Michael Kelly's New Avanti Motor Corporation signed a deal to produce the VW based Brazilian Puma Sports Car? I didn't think so! The deal fell through when Kelly ran out of money. To learn more about the Puma, visit my Puma Sports Cars Site.


1953 Studebaker Champion Coupe

Rear View

All Business Interior

Under the Hood

This cool 1953 Custom Starlight Coupe belongs to Nathan Robertson of Montevallo, Alabama. Nathan's Champion is powered by a Chevy 396 engine tied to a Turbo 350 automatic transmission. Other modifications include a Mustang II front clip, Micky Thompson Sportsman Pro tires on chrome rims, and four wheel disc brakes. Nathan is a memeber of the Heart of Dixie Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club.


1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk

This rare 1:43 scale 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk Hardtop was made by Mercury of Italy. This very nice example appeared on eBay earlier this year. While I don't know the final price, my recollection is that had been bid up to well over $100. A rare find for the serious toy Studebaker collector. More toy Studes can be found in the Stude Stuff area of this page and on my Studebaker Toys Home Page.

Click here for information on ordering a toy Frankenstude Hot Rod, 1960's Champ Truck, 1951 Starlight Coupe Hot Rod, or Modified 1953-54 "At-A-Tude" Starliner.

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

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