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.


JUNE 2015

1955 Studebaker President State Sedan

Rear Angle View

Passenger Side Angle

Interior and Dash

Rear Seat Area

Under the Hood

This fine 1955 Studebaker President State 4-Door Sedan belongs to Ed Sallia of Dundee, Oregon. Ed indicates that the car received a repaint several years ago as well as a new interior. The chrome is in outstanding condition and the car shows extremely well. It was built at the Hamilton, Ontario plant and is equipped with a 259 cubic inch V8 with a Carter WCFB four-barrel carburetor and dual exhaust, automatic transmission, power steering, power windows, fog lights, factory push button radio, and electric windshield wipers. Ed notes with some amusement that the previous owner once took it to a show where, since it was assembled in Canada, it took the award for best import.

The President name was revived in 1955 for the top model long wheelbase sedan and was also used on top line coupes and hardtops. Studebaker stylists laid on lots of chrome for 1955 and two-tone paint combinations were common on these models. The front grille was chaged to a large chromed casting with an oblong opening and "V" insert and large rectangular parking lights under the headlamps. Ed's President has the "Ultravue" wrap-around windshield that was part of the mid-year "Ultra Vista" styling refresh as shown in this period magazine ad. The President State 4-Door Sedan was a popular model with 14,634 produced.

Ed's car still has the original bias ply wide white wall Firestone spare tire in the trunk. Here is a picture of the trunk area with the optional rear fender skirts inside. Ed says that it rides smooth as silk with plenty of vigor and he is looking forward to taking it to the Pacific CanAm Zone Meet this coming August.

Ed's 1950 Commander appeared on this page in June 2011 and a cool HO scale Studebaker dealership that Ed built for the Catlin Gabel Model Railroad Club appeared on this page in October 2011. Thanks to Ed for sending the pictures and information about his very sharp Studebaker President State Sedan.

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 August 2015.

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 International Meet Pictures

1964 Studebaker Daytona Wagonaire

Driver Side View

Rear View Roof Open

This sharp 1964 Studebaker Daytona Wagonaire Station Wagon belongs to Rob Reese of Easton, Pennsylvania. The exterior color is Laguna Blue. Rob's sliding roof Wagonaire is powered by the optional 289 V8 with dual exhaust and is eqipped with the factory roof rack. It also has the optional power tailgate window, factory backup lights, factory accessory locking gas cap, and is equipped with a trailer hitch. Quad headlights were standard on Daytona models. The Daytona Wagonaire was the highest trim level Studebaker station wagon for the 1964 model year.

Rob's Wagonaire was registered as display only so it was not judged.

1964 Studebaker Commander Wagonaire

This attractive 1964 Commander Wagonaire is owned by Bill and Kathy Foy of Kingston, Ontario. Commander Wagonaires came standard with single headlamps and narrow stainless steel side trim. The Foy's Wagonaire has the the optional 259 cubic inch V8 engine with three-speed overdrive transmission. It also has the optional tailgate step, factory push-button radio, factory backup lights, and factory roof rack. The Commander Wagonaire was the middle trim level Studebaker station wagon for the 1964 model year.

The Foy's Wagonaire was registered as display only so it was not judged.

1947 Champion Convertible

1954 Commander Starliner Hardtop

1948 M5 Pickup Truck

The 1947 Champion Convertible is owned by Bill and Maxine Morgan of Rockville, Maryland. Only 2,251 Champion Convertibles were produced for the 1947 model year so this is a relatively rare model. The Morgan's Champion took a first in Division 2, Early Postwar Sedans and Wagons, with 390 points.

The 1954 Commander Starliner Hardtop is owned by Ed Ellis of Bishopville, Maryland. This tastefully modified car has a four-speed manual transmssion. Here is another view of Ed's Sharp Starliner. Ed's Commander took a first in Division 8, Non-Stock Studebaker Powered, with 386 points.

The 1948 M5 Pickup Truck is owned by Cole Phillips of Seaford, Delaware. M Series production for 1948 was cut short with the introduction of the 2R Series in early 1948 as a 1949 model. Cole's truck took a third in Division 7, Trucks, with 297 points.

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


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.


1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible

Side View

Hood and Trunk Lid Up

Front View

Under the Hood

As regular readers of this page know, I occasionally feature Packards from the period that Studebaker and Packard were a merged company. This beautiful 1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible is owned by Reggie Nash of Richmond, Virginia. Reggie is a member of the Richmond Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America. Three-tone piant was standard on these cars as was a 352 cubic inch V8 rated at 275 horsepower. This was basically the same engine used in the 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk. Caribbeans in 1955 came standard with every available option except for wire wheels, air conditioning, and tinted glass. The 1955 Caribbean was a big car with a 127" wheelbase weighing in at 4,755 pounds.

Reggie's Packard is one of 500 Caribbeans produced for the 1955 model year all of of which were convertibles. A 2-door hardtop was added to the Caribbean line for 1956. Caribbeans featured a special hood with twin scoops but no hood ornament as on lesser models which can be seen in the first picture above. All were equipped with power windows, power seats, torsion bar self-leveling suspension, power steering, and power-assisted drum brakes. Other features include dual rear fender antennas, dual exhaust integrated into the rear bumper, and cathedral tail lights. Here is a closeup rear view that shows these features and the huge trunk area.

The pictures were taken at the 62nd Annual ODMA Meet held May 2015 in Verona, Virginia. The meet was hosted by the Waynesboro-Staunton Region of the AACA. The Old Dominion Meet Assocation is the only non-governing association of its kind in the AACA. Judging criteria and awards follow those of the AACA with some exceptions. The ODMA consists of 14 AACA regions throughout Virginia. Reggie's fine Packard Caribbean received an ODMA Junior Award at the 2015 ODMA Meet.

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.


Editions Atlas Studebaker Stake Bed

This reproduction of the Dinky Toys Studebaker M Series Stake Bed Truck is a product of Editions Atlas which is based in Evreux, France. It is one of an extensive range of reproduction French Dinky Toys issued by Atlas. This model comes packed in a very nice reproduction Dinky Toys box. The base clearly indicates that it is made in China and is an Editions Atlas model so there is no doubt that it is a reproduction.

The Atlas Dinky Toys line includes several versions of the French Dinky Toys Studebaker M Series Truck. Here is a picture of the Atlas Stake Bed and an Atlas M Series Dump Truck together. I purchased both of these on eBay, the stake bed from a vendor in the U.K. and the dump truck from a vendor in France. Other versions of the Atlas M Series Truck not yet in my collection include a wrecker and a covered back. The Atlas Dinky line also includes a 1939 Commander Coupe and a 1955 Commander Hardtop.

Atlas Editions markets an extensive line of adult collectibles including a 1:43 scale "Spirou et Fantasio" 1953 Starliner Hardtop that was featured on this page in December 2008 and a 1:43 scale 1947 Studebaker Commander in the Tintin Series that was featured on this page in June 2012.

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 1964 Laguna Blue Challenger Wagonaire from the
October 2014 Turning Wheels Inside Back Cover.

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