• Unfortunately they never offered a hardtop version. The V-8 in the Commander is the better motor, but there are suppliers for speed equipment for the 6, also aftermarket front disk brake kits, and a few other items to make this a fun weekend ride. Certainly a much cheaper way to get into a well kept shoebox style 50's cruiser than finding a rusting overpriced tri-five chevy.

  • The 1955 Studebaker Champ was much more streamlined looking. This, unfortunately shows what happens when a forward thinking company eschews their real talent for building distinct looking cars and succumbs to the pressures of the public's thirst for big upright grills, which were the penchant of the Big 3 in the late 1950s. I wonder how many at Studebaker suspected they wouldn't be building cars 10 years later, even though they would come with a wonderfully sized Lark, and the avant garde Avanti and incredibly practical Wagonaire?
    Here's the '55 version
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    which apparently had great influence on the 2009 Acura's chromed upper lip 🙂
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    • rotting Studebaker, it's a trope – my uncle convinced my grandpa to store his Hawk (1956-60, not sure what year exactly) in a dirt-floored Massachusetts garage from the mid-60s to the mid-90s – cool car – which i was able to watch melt from the wheels up throughout my childhood

      it was such a classic, composed,
      sculpted design though – you could see why people couldn't bear to part with it until long after the reality of the rust made it junk

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