Studebaked: 1953 Studebaker Custom Hot Rod

In 1953 Bob Bourke (from Raymond Loewy’s design group) redesigned the Studebaker Starlight coupe into a haughty mustached faced thing that is one of the more recognizable Studebakers of all times — perhaps not as iconic as the 50-51 bullet nose Starlight, but arguable better looking.  However, today’s customizer decided to throw the tub out with the bath water and has created something else altogether.  Find this 1953 Studebaker Custom Hot Rod here on eBay bidding for $15,600 reserve-not-met with $29,500 buy-it-now located in Fairfield, IA with a few hours to go.

The seller says some good stuff in his listing — “custom”, “one of a kind”, “ a very talented craftsman with a creative eye”.  However, the part that really caught my attention was “I’ve had it to 120 mph at our local airport and it takes off”…wait…what?  Oh…“and it takes off ramps like it’s on rails.”  Right.  Makes more sense, this thing probably needs to hit 150 before it’ll go airborne like a Mark Webber Mercedes.

Power comes not from a Studebaker flat-head inline-6, but a Chevrolet 283 cubic inch small block V8 that has been bored to 301 cubic inches and souped up.  Expect something in the 350 horsepower range.

The seller claims that this car uses a “race car” chassis and the only parts that were retained from the original Studebaker are the body panels, including cowl, firewall,  dashboard, A pillars, grille, 
hood, door skins,  rear quarter panels, tail lights and tailgate. 
  Tailgate?  This car confuses me.

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