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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 Brand Ave. Studios transparent grill cover and Pas- Deluxe trim. Contributing Writer 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 Missouri. 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 theoldmotor.com. 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 PHOTO PROVIDED BY AMERICAR THE BEAUTIFUL 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 OLD CAR COLUMN By BRUCE KUNZ 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 level. If you like nostalgic photos like this one, check out theoldmotor.com and click on “Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs”. Visit the Old Car Column on the web at stltoday.com/lifestyles/autos to see more photos. UPCOMING EVENTS: Join 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 time! TRI-POWER TRIVIA 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? ANSWERS: 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. This content was produced by Brand Ave. Studios. The news and editorial departments of the St. Louis PostDispatch had no role in its creation or display. For more information about Brand Ave. Studios, contact email@example.com.