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Distinctive “bullet-nose” Studebakers borrowed styling from the aviation industry
dard transmission cars, so you Line trim. Commanders were
didn’t roll back); winter plastic available in Deluxe and Regal
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transparent grill cover and Pas- Deluxe trim.
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tel Sparkle Spray exterior finish
Powering the 1950 StudebakThis story is in memory of the treatment.
ers was one of two in-line six
late Ben Brown, the so-called
Studebakers were offered in cylinder engines. The Cham“Studebaker man” from Petosi, two series for 1950 – the entry pion six had a displacement of
Champion series and the upscale 170 cubic-inches and produced
Speculation abounds regarding the meaning of the photo
seen on this page as posted
on Obviously a posed photo, but why?
One reader’s thought, “A young
man seeking fame in Hollywood
perhaps?” Another quipped,
“Brown shoes and belt, socks
match shirt, blue pants against a
filthy car, maybe thinking “why
did I wear blue pants?” I’ll throw
in that the Study probably broke
down, possibly as a result of the
sweltering desert heat... and he’s
thinking, “Damn, I left my cell
phone at home!”
The Studebaker shown in this This guy looks as if his Studebaker 5-passenger Starlight coupe may have
photo was decked out in Maui just broken down in the middle of the sweltering desert. What to do? Not a
Blue... one of 18 colors on the cell phone tower in site!
palette for 1950.
Although the list of options for Commander. The 5-passenger just 85 horsepower. The larger
1950 Studebakers was a lengthy Starlight coupe, featured here, and roughly 500 pound heavier
one, air conditioning was not to was available in both series and Commander Series engine had
be found on said list. Some of all-trim levels. The Champion 80 more cubic-inches of displacethe more interesting accessories was available in Custom Line, ment and cranked out 102 horsewere, a Hill Holder (for stan- Deluxe Line and Regal Deluxe power. The 1951 model year saw


introduction of Commander
V-8, an overhead valve, five main
bearing engine with solid lifters.
The Starlight coupes of 1950
and 1951 had factory suggested
base prices ranging from $1,514
for a Champion Custom Line to
$2,018 for the Regal Line Commander. Those figures calculate
to $16,120 to $21,487 in millennial dollars. According to a recent copy of the Old Cars Report Price Guide, a number one
condition Starlight coupe should
be worth roughly $25,000 either
a 1950 or ‘51 model in any trim
If you like nostalgic photos
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me next Sunday, June 16th, for
the 18th Annual Father’s Day
Concours Car Show hosted by
the Horseless Carriage Club of
Missouri and held at the National Museum of Transportation in
Kirkwood. It’s one of my ‘don’t
miss’ shows... always a great


1. What other popular American
automobile had a bullet-nose front
end, and for which model years?
2. What was the TV game show
premiering in 1950, which challenged guests to complete challenges to win prizes within a time
limit? How many of the six hosts
can you name?
3. A long-time favorite song for
wedding receptions, Daddy’s Little
Girl was performed by who? The
Everly Brothers, The Ames Brothers, The Andrews Sisters or The
Mills Brothers?


1. The 1949 and 1950 Fords had a
similar front end treatment, but not
quite as dramatic. In addition, the
tiny Crosley cars for 1952 and 1953
had a pseudo-bullet nose frontend, but much less prominent,
being part of the horizontal grill
bar. Interestingly, each of the three
pulled the styling cue after the
second year.
2. Beat the Clock’s hosts have
included Bud Collyer; Jack Narz;
Gene Wood; Monty Hall; Gary
Kroeger and Paul Costabile.
3. The Mills Brothers.

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