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.



1953 Studebaker Commander Starlight

Rear Angle

Commander Dash

No "Brand X" Engine Here!

This mild custom 1953 Studebaker Commander Starlight Coupe belongs to Carrol and Billie Bushong of Dayton, Virginia. The Bushongs also own a cool 1938 Studebaker Commander Street Rod. These pictures were taken when the car was on the lot at Shenandoah Valley Auto Sales in Bridgewater, Virginia. Bud Rogers, who owns Shenandoah Valley Auto Sales, indicated that the car was a "barn find" that was brought back to life several years ago. Aside from a fiberglass front clip, a floor shift, and some chrome removal, the car is mostly stock, and retains its original Studebaker V8. The Commander V8 used a different dashboard than the 6 cylinder Champion. Commander instruments were mounted low in binnacles, while Champions featured a more conventional dash design.

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.


1935 Studebaker President Sedan

1938 Studebaker Coupe Express

1938 Studebaker K25 Stake Bed

These three show quality pre-war Studebakers belong to Chester Bradfield, who owns and operates Good Printers, which is also located in Bridgewater, Virginia. Good Printers is the long-time printer for Turning Wheels, the Studebaker Drivers Club monthly magazine. Chester also has an interest in post-war Studes, and his 1951 Commander Convertible was this page's Stude of the Month in September 1997. Chester indicates that the 1935 President has its original paint (!!!) and came to Virginia from Nebraska. The President has about 80,000 miles on the clock, but sure does not look it. Notice the front suicide doors which were used on several 1930's era Studebaker models. The 1938 Coupe Express was a "basket case" that was found in Parsons, West Virginia. This beautiful truck had a full frame up restoration which was done by Bud Rogers. The Coupe Express was only produced from 1937 to 1939. Chester's 1938 K25 Stake Bed, which is powered by a Hercules engine, has only 7,000 miles on the clock. This fine truck was brought to Virginia from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Studebaker Junkyard in Kentucky

This is the second in a series of pictures that was sent in 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.


Mild Custom 1957 Golden Hawk

Wild Custom C-Cab Pickup

Bill Junge took both these pictures at the 2003 "Roddin' on the River" show in Laughlin, Nevada. The Golden Hawk had its original McCulloch blower changed over to a Paxton blower. The cool C-Cab pickup is a "twin" of sorts to the lowboy sitting next to it, both vehicles having bright white paint with orange and red flames. My guess is that they have the same owner.

1953 Studebaker Roadster

Bill Junge also sent in this photo which was taken by Darrell Lawrence. I don't know what the wheelbase is on this modified 1953 Starliner, but it is obviously shortened. This looks to be a quality conversion job.

Bill Junge has his own web site called Bullet Nose Paradise which is dedicated to 1950 and 1951 Bullet nose Studebakers. Thanks again to Bill for helping to keep this page in new material.


1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk

The feature toy this month is a relatively rare white version of the Corgi 1:43 scale 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk Hardtop. The more common colors are gold painted, gold plated, and light blue. 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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Published 10/1/2003