Front Angle

Head On

Side View

Rear Angle

Tail End

Interior and Dash

Under the Hood

This cool 1950 Champion Starlight Coupe Street Rod belongs to Tony Berg of Spokane, Washington. Tony started this project in September 2008 and only recently finished it. This was his first custom build. The car has a hand built tube frame with air suspension at all four corners and rides on black Mustang Bullitt Wheels with modified Gorilla Spinners. Power comes from a Chevy 383 stroker V8 engine with Holley Stealth Ram fuel injection and a 100 shot NOS (nitrous oxide system). Here is another view of the engine.

The body was shaved with frenched headlights and frenched 1959 Cadillac tail lights. The front bumper was removed, front grill sections were fabricated from polished stainless steel, and the rear bumper was chopped and inset into the body. Exterior door handles, exterior trunk lock assembly, and script were removed and the holes filled giving the car a clean look. Tony decided to paint his Champion black because he liked black best on other rods he had seen. Here is a picture of the car before the build.

The interior features a 1996 Mustang dash with Autometer gauges set in hand built bezels. Tony selected the Mustang dash because the arches in the dash match the curve of the back window line and the sides of the dash match the lines of the side view of the nose. The wire harness and console down past the shifter are also out of a 1996 Mustang. The front and rear bucket seats are out of 2003 and 2007 Pontiacs. Here are under construction pictures of the dash and the seating area.

Thanks to Tony for sending the pictures and infomation about his awesome Bullet Nose Champion Street Rod.

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.

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