Seattle has been experiencing a
paralyzing apocalyptic record setting moderate snowstorm for the past few days. In my strolls through the neighborhood, I’m not surprised to see unique cars parked on the street. This Studebaker however, really took me by surprise.
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This is a 1950 Studebaker Champion sedan in Rio Green. Notice the cool suicide rear doors? This is the first Champion sedan I have ever seen and I think it looks less awkward than the coupes. The coupes being famous for their optional “Starlight Coupe” wraparound rear window.
This Virgil Exner penned body style was introduced in 1947 and was a rare new design in post war America. The bigger car companies were selling rehashed late 30s designs. With its propeller spinner influenced grill (some folks call these cars “Bullet nosed”), I think this sedan looks a little like a Tucker.
The fender detail is particularly eye catching, perhaps more so here since snow is hiding the green house.
This car looks like it’s in pretty good shape. The year stickers on the license plates indicate that it has been out of service for a few years. I wonder why?
Studebaker sold over 300,000 cars in 1950. All my life Studebakers have been “old cars”, referenced only on Happy Days or by Fozzi Bear in the Muppet Movie. I wonder what sort of person bought a Studebaker in 1950? The airplane inspired nose seems sort of Saab-like. The next model year, 1951, would see Studebaker introduce a V8 similar in design to the Chrysler Hemi. Did Saab sorts, engineers and professors, buy Studebakers?
This car came equipped with an inline six engine fed by a single carburetor that made 85 horsepower.
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