Welcome fans of the pride of South Bend. I am a long-time Studebaker fan and Studebaker Driver's Club member, having owned a 1957 Silver Hawk in high school and a 1959 Lark Regal Hardtop in college. Since then, I have owned other Studes as hobby cars including a 1962 Champ Pickup, a 1964 Canadian Commander Special, a 1962 GT Hawk, a 1960 Lark Regal 4-door, and a 1957 Silver Hawk (not the same one I owned in high school -- that one I wrecked). My current Stude is a 1949 Champion Starlight Coupe. I will build this page as time allows. If you have any suggestions or comments, please send me a message. Both text and image contributions are welcome.


JUNE 2004

1964 Studebaker Avanti R1 Coupe

Rear View


Under the Hood

This sharp mild custom 1964 Avanti belongs to Richard Morris of Renton, Washington. If you look close, you can spot several custom upgrades including fog lamps, split rear bumpers, brake lights in place of the original backup lights, all new Stewart-Warner Stage II gauges, wood steering wheel, etc. The original owner of this fine car was Virgil Rice, an early and long time Studebaker Drivers Club (SDC) and Avanti Owners Association International (AOAI) member who wrote many technical articles. The car passed through two other owners before Richard purchased it in early 2002 with only 14,000 miles on the odometer. Prior to Richard acquiring the car, it sat under wraps in a warehouse for 20 years. Richard's Avanti also has quick turn steering arms and is beautifully dressed out under the hood.

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.


Avanti Convertible

Since we are on an Avanti theme, here is a very nice Avanti convertible. Not many of these were built. Photo taken by Bill Junge at a recent Studebaker-Packard Show in Laughlin, Nevada. The 1959 Lark Hardtop parked next to it is a dead ringer for the car I drove while in college in the 1960's.

1960 Lark Convertible

Another photo from the Laughlin, Nevada Studebaker-Packard Show. Rear fender skirts as fitted to this Lark were made by the Foxcraft Company. Foxcraft made accessory skirts for many U.S. and some foreign cars in the 1950's and 1960's. While Foxcraft is long out of business, some of the more poular Foxcraft skirts have been reproduced from the original patterns. Replacement rubber and reproduction hardware are also available for many Foxcraft skirts. As far as I can tell, Foxcraft made rear skirts to fit 1953 through 1955 Studebakers, 1956 and up Studebaker Hawks, and 1959 through 1961 Studebaker Larks. Factory skirts were available for 1947 through 1952 Studebakers. Foxcraft filled the need when the car manufacturers stopped making factory skirts. I had a pair of these skirts on the 1960 Lark Regal Sedan that I owned prior to my second 1957 Silver Hawk.

1935 Studebaker Dictator Street Rod

This outstanding 1935 Studebaker Dictator Coupe Street Rod is owned by Walt Sebastian of Thomasville, North Carolina. Power comes from a punched Chevy 454 V-8 topped by a Weiand 671 blower. The beautiful paint job is Dupont Mustang Red. What a great ride! Studebaker dropped the "Dictator" name in 1938 as not being appropriate in the era of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. At least Studebaker did not bring out a "Commissar" or "Comrade" model in the 1950's or 1960's.

1957 Packard Clipper

Since 1957 and 1958 Studebaker based Packards are few and far between, I am including this picture here and will add it to the Packard Connection section in the Stude Stuff area. This car was for sale some time ago. I want to think that it was located in California. Does anyone know who bought it or who owns it?


Bill Junge has sent along a series of pictures taken in an auto graveyard on an Arizona Indian Reservation. Unfortunately, the cars are not for sale. The two pictures featured this month show a pair of really trashed Starlight Coupes and a rare 1952 Starliner Hardtop in relatively good condition. I'll continue this series with the next few updates. Bill 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.

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.


1954 Starlight Coupe

This 1954 Starlight Coupe is being built by Bob Ashlock for Wally Milewski of Livonia, Michigan. Bob's sharp 1953 Starliner Hardtop was on this page last month. What you see under the hood of Wally's Stalight is a 383 Chevy Stroker V-8 with a GM 700R4 transmission and 9" Ford rear. The rear half of frame has been narrowed 4 1/2" to allow for wider tires. Hopefully we will get to see the finished product.


AMT 1954 Starlight Coupe Promo Model

The feature toy this month is an AMT 1954 Studebaker Starlight Coupe promotional model. It seemed an appropriate choice to go with the project car above. This example sold on eBay a while back for a very reasonable price of $49.50. As with other AMT promotional models of this period, it is 1:25 scale with a plastic body, plastic windows, no interior, metal base, and friction motor. This model was also issued in red with a black roof. 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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