Studebakers, etc.

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by MrBob, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. MrBob

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    My employer collects Studebakers and whatever else catches his eye. He has property outside of a city in New Mexico where the cars are currently quietly decaying in the sun. Here are a few photos which I'll probably add to from time to time.
    The owner also raced in the La Carerra Panamericana back in the day and has two of those race cars slowly being covered in bird poop.

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    BTW, I believe the Discovery Channel is interested in featuring this collection and I heard the owner is thinking of selling individual cars.
    This thread could also be comfortable in Barn Finds and mods should feel free to move it if necessary.
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  2. soewe812

    soewe812 Wag more Bark less

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    I didn't see any Avanti's in those pictures. No Stude collection is complete without. Got a line on a couple if he is interested.:evil
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  3. Yooper_Bob

    Yooper_Bob Long timer

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    It's so sad to see old cars like that slowly rotting away...
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  4. MrBob

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    He's approached me about helping him sell parts on eBay and from time to time I become interested in the blue car, but so far my common sense is winning out.
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  5. Blakebird

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    My dad had a Studebaker Hawk when I was a youngster... really cool car from what I can remember in the 3rd grade :lol3
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  6. itsatdm

    itsatdm Long timer

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    Gawd I am old. I remember the PanAmerica, where Oldsmobiles and Lincolns (occasional Mercury) battled it out.
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  7. Dismount

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    Oh, Hello beautiful. Come here often?

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  8. MrBob

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    This is the nicest car of the bunch. The grey paint has a lot of metal in it and sparkles, the interior is almost very nice, and the engine bay is only dusty with a rebuilt engine.
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  9. Neil E.

    Neil E. Been here awhile

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    I had a 54 Studebaker many years ago. I miss real clutch and brake pedals that pivot from below. So much nicer to operate. I also miss having a real handbrake (it doesn't throw dirt at you when released).

    Flathead engines that were so quiet you had to double check they were running. Sigh.
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  10. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Looks like he has a thing for Aluminum skinned trailers and pick-up campers as well.
    I like them too but for me 1 is enough.
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  11. MrBob

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    Silver Streaks - at least a dozen of them.
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  12. jeep44

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    Shouldn't he at least roll the windows up on that station wagon?:huh

    My grandfather worked for Studebaker from the late '30s right up until they packed up shop and moved to Canada-which didn't last long. He always had a Lark station wagon when I was a kid.
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    That white racer in the first photo is badass! :thumb
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  14. chazbird

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    Frank Zappa had a thing for Studebaker Hawks...and Raymond Lowery penned the Hawks and the Avanti's...pretty stylin'. Is there any truth the story that Studebakers were direct descendents of the Conastoga wagons? I think they both came from South Bend.
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  15. Offcenter

    Offcenter On The Road Again!

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    I don't know about connestoga wagons, but everything I've read says that long before Studebaker built cars, they built stagecoaches, especially those used by Wells Fargo. Supposedly they were built like tanks and quite a few survive today. I've heard that Wells Fargo has bought up a number of them and is displaying them at their company headquarters.
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  16. Ragin Rabbi

    Ragin Rabbi Semper Fidelis

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    Conastoga wagons were first built (designed) in Pa, in Conastoga Pa..
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  17. rocker59

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    Studebaker Brothers was founded in the 1850s. They built everything from carriages to Anheuser-Busch wagons.

    I love their quirky cars. Too bad they couldn't survive beyond the early 1960s.

    100 years isn't a bad run, though.
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  18. MrBob

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    I think this one dates from the late 1800's. It's located in the Dougherty Museum in Longmont, CO.

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  19. Jurgen

    Jurgen Trolljegeren Super Moderator

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    A. Welcome to NM MrBob.
    B. Damn why did you post that pic of the wagon or the Carrera Pan America cars. Why?
    C. I have no mechanical skills to speak of and little money but I want.
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  20. zilla

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    Dad had a couple Studebaker pickups when I was a little kid. He had a thing for the Avanti's also, but I don't think her ever actaully owned on.

    There is a Studebaker museum in South Bend that is well worth the trip.
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