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, a 1957 Silver Hawk (not the same one I owned in high school -- that one I wrecked) and a 1949 Champion Starlight Coupe. My current Stude is a 1964 Challenger Wagonaire sliding roof station wagon. 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.



1953 Studebaker 2R Pickup

Rear Angle

Side View

Rear View

Interior and Dash

Under the Hood

This sharp 1953 Studebaker 2R Pickup to Jim and Barb Beadle of Troy, Virginia. The truck was found at M and M Auto Repair in Mount Jackson, Virginia. It was in the fenced tow lot adjacent to the old Heishman Garage Building which at one time was a Studebaker dealership Jim purchased the truck in August 2010 and since then it has undergone a complete restoration. It is easily identified as a 2R model by the three rows of horizontal grille openings. Here is a picture of the truck as found.

The truck was originally shipped from South Bend to the Grim Motor Co, Inc. in Kutztown, Pennyslvania. Its original color was Maui Blue but it was repainted red at some point in its life. The current color is Royal Jade Green. Jim did all the restoration work except for the upholstery and the finishing body and paint. The attention to detail is obvious. This is an outstanding Studebaker truck. Here is a picture of the bed with matching tool box.

The Studebaker 2R truck was designed by Robert Bourke of Raylond Loewy Associates. It was a considerable departure from the M Series truck and was the first American pickup without exposed running boards. The 2R was in production for five years from 1948 to 1953. Over 260,000 2R Series trucks were produced making it Studebaker's most successful truck model. The basic cab design, referred to as the C Cab, remained in production through 1964.

Thanks to Jim for sending pictures and information about his great looking Studebaker truck.

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 contribute to this page, please e-mail me here. I can accept either electronic or hard copy images. The Main Page is issued every other month so the next edition will be October 2014.

All of the previous editions of the Main Page going back to October 1995 have been reposted. In the process of reposting the pages, I have made corrections and revisions as needed, and in some cases added material that was not used when a page was first posted due to download speed and file storage limitations. A complete list of Main Pages and Studes of the Month with links to each is located here.

If you have a particular interest in Bullet Nose Studebakers, visit Bill Junge's Bullet Nose Paradise which is dedicated to the 1950 and 1951 Bullet Nose models.





More Cool Studes

1964 Studebaker 8E45 Diesel Tractor

Rear Angle View

Interior and Dash

This beautiful 1964 Studebaker 8E45 Diesel Tractor belongs to Michael Chernago of Cortland, New York. Michael's truck is powered by a Detroit Diesel 4-53 heavy duty in-line four cylinder diesel engine. The Detroit Diesel 4-53 has a displacement of 212 cubic inches and is rated at 140 horsepower. The maximum torque output of this engine is 282 foot-pounds at 1,800 rpm. That is a lot of grunt. Michael's truck is equipped with a five-speed manual transmission and overdrive and a two-speed rear end. Here is a rear view of this great truck.

The pictures were taken at the Studebaker Drivers Club International Meet in Dover, Delaware in July of this year.

1963 Studebaker 8E15 Stake Bed Truck

Front View

Rear View

Under the Hood

This sharp 1963 Studebaker 8E15 Stake Bed is owned by Herbert Coolidge of Collegedale, Tennessee. Herbert's truck is powered by a Detroit Diesel 3-53 heavy duty in-line three cylinder diesel engine. The Detroit Diesel 3-53 has a displacement of 159 cubic inches and is rated at 101 horsepower. The maximum torque output of this engine is 205 foot-pounds at 1,800 rpm. The 53 Series diesel engines displace 53 cubic inches per cylinder and were available in three, four, and six cylinder configurations. Studebaker only offered the three and four cylinder versions. Here is another view of Herbert's truck.

These pictures were also taken at the Studebaker Drivers Club International Meet in Dover, Delaware.

1951 Studebaker 2R6 Delivery Van

Rear Angle

This neat 1951 Studebaker 2R6 Delivery Van with a Boyertown body is owned by George Hamlin of Clarksville, Maryland. George's truck is powered by the 245 cubic inch Commander six rated at 102 horsepower. From 1926 until 1990, the Boyertown Auto Body Works in Boyertown, Pennsylvania manufactured truck bodies for commercial and government use. During the early 1950's Boyertown produced several thousand truck bodies for the U.S. Post Office Department. The body on George's truck is a Boyertown S-6 which is similiar to a Step Van.

These pictures were also taken at the Studebaker Drivers Club International Meet in Dover, Delaware.


The Early Years

The Middle Years

The Late Years

Dan Armstrong from Mansfield, Texas has created a number of crossword puzzles and games for car nuts. These are available on-line at Dan's Extreme Car Puzzles. Dan has a strong interest in Studebakers, particularly the 1956 Sky Hawk, the performance equipped 1963 Lark Daytona, and the performance equipped 1963 and 1964 GT Hawks. The Studebaker crosswords are copyright by Dan Armstrong and are used with his permission. Thanks to Dan for providing the link and the downloadable Studebaker crossword puzzles for readers of this page to enjoy.

Early Years Solution * * Middle Years Solution * * Late Years Solution




Nick Bodemer's Studebaker Dealer Inventory Project was started in June 2011 and includes a growing number of pictures, articles, ads, and other items related to former Studebaker dealerships. Well worth a visit. If you have a Google account you can join the site through Google Friend Connect.


1947 Studebaker M5 Pickup from Argentina

Side Angle View

This sharp 1947 Studebaker M5 Pickup belongs to Javier Alba of La Plata, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. Javier and his brother found the truck in a nearby town about 10 years ago. It was in fairly good condition but needed both body and mechanical work. Over time the body was repaired and the truck was repainted. The engine rebuild was completed last year and the truck is now ready to roll. Here is another view of Javier's truck.

Thanks to Javier for sending the pictures and information about his neat Studebaker truck.

1956 Studebaker Transtar Pickup

This neat 1956 Studebaker Transtar 2E11A Pickup belongs to Ed Hughes. The 2E11A designation indicates that this is a 1956 3/4 ton pickup on a 122" wheelbase with a 245 cubic inch six cylinder engine. According to Studebaker Truck Expert Frank Drumheller, this is a scarce model truck. Ed indicates that he is almost done building his truck. The 1956 2E featured a larger rear window as seen above and a revised hood with "Studebaker" lettering in a secondary chrome grille as seen in this picture of Ed's truck.

Thanks to Ed for sending the pictures and information about his neat Studebaker truck.

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.


Hubley Studebaker C Cab Log Truck

I recently purchased this restored Hubley Kiddie Toy Studebaker C Cab Log Truck on eBay for $16.11 plus $6.95 shipping. This was a good deal as the restoration is nicely done with excellent paint and new logs and chains. It appears to be a 1955 E Series truck in that has two rows of horizontal grille openings and a horizontal emblem bar on the lip of the hood as seen in this picture. Hubley Kiddie Toys were made of pressed steel with rubber wheels.

The Hubley Studebaker C Cab truck was issued in several variations including as a dump truck and as a stake bed truck. They were intended as children's toys not as collector items so they are usually found either well worn or restored. An original Hubley C Cab truck in new condition particularly with its original box would be a real find and quite valuable.

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 hard to find Studebaker toys made by manufacturers such as Johnny Lightning, Racing Champions, Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Muscle Machines, Maisto, and EKO.

Studebaker Toy Treasures Book

Jim Geary's book Studebaker Toy Treasures is the standard reference collectors of Studebaker Toys. This wonderful book has 294 pages of color pictures and details on hundreds of Studebaker toys. Publication date is 2004 and just about every Studebaker toy and model produced up to that time is pictured and cataloged. Jim is making the book available for the reduced price of $28 including shipping. This is a great deal since most vendors sell this book for $39.95 plus shipping. Jim will sign the book if requested. Jim can be contacted at sanjim76@live.com or send payment to Jim Geary, 181 Allendale Hills Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

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

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