Easily my favorite story of the day. I really like these cars and as I have related elsewhere, I once had a semi-partnership with a guy to build one into a drag car. But I was a Chevy guy and he was a Mopar man. We couldn't agree so I eventually walked away. Closest I ever came to having one!
When I was racing, there was a very cool one called the "Chevaker" (you can guess the powerplant) which I loved to watch. I've also seen many of this body style at Bonneville. The aerodynamics are obviously great for their time period. They are just flat sexy to my eyes. Justin has a cool pair of Studes for sure, and I envy him! 😊
Thank you sir! It's a total dream come true. I love these cars and always have. And owning S2D is unreal, it's the nicest I'd ever seen in my life. Never envisioned I'd one day own it.
Studebaker advertised them as the first American sports cars and the fact they still dominate La Carrera Panemericana and Bonneville is a testament to their aerodynamic shape. Since La Carrera was brought back in the 80s, I think they've won 30/33 races outright or something like that. It's unbelievable!!
Raymond Loewy gets the credit as it was his design studio and he fought for production of the car but Bob Bourke was the true designer.
and the yellow/green one is a coupe not a convertible. It is funny, Studebaker did advertise the Starliners (the black one) as being hardtop convertibles though. The Starliners are simply stunning!!
@GFCicotte Studebaker and Porsche were pretty closely intertwined during this period. The commander was inspired by the 356 and Butzi Porsche worked for Raymond Loewy for 1-2 years. Studebaker and Porsche were also collaborating on a sedan but John DeLorean killed the project. The collaboration saved Porsche as they used the profits from Stude to build their first major factory after the war. So a Stude and Porsche would make a great combo
@tmcrobertshis last name was Szikszai. He lived in South Bend and was often at the swap meets buying and selling. He probably built 10-20 cars in his life to drive. Not show quality but he drove them year round.