Posts Tagged ‘commander’

1989 Earthquake Tested – 1951 Studebaker Commander Coupe

April 28, 2014

There are only a few Studebakers from the post-war era that seem to enjoy universal popularity among collectors – the Hawk and its various derivations, and the bullet-nose Commander, particularly the Starlight coupe version. The Starlight version was unusual for having no C-pillars, and a rear window that wrapped around from B-pillar to B-pillar. All 1950-1951 Studebaker Champion and Commanders got the distinctive bullet nose, though. And that’s where today’s car comes in – check out this 1951 Studebaker Commander for sale for $1000 in Loma Prieta, CA (epicenter of the 1989 earthquake!).

1951 Studebaker Commander front

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Loewy 4-Door – 1955 Studebaker Commander

October 7, 2013

In the early to mid-1950s, few automakers were building anything as low and aerodynamic-looking as Studebaker, with their line of Commanders designed by Bob Bourke, who was working for Raymond Loewy’s studio. From some angles, one could arguably say the Commander (and its brother, the Hawk line of cars) might have influenced the Citroen DS, with its pointy, low nose and headlights mounted in pods (as seen on the earlier Citroens), and even the sloping roofline. Sure, in other ways they’re vastly different, so maybe that’s just a way of pointing out how very unique these cars were. Find our accessible example of unusual 1950s design work in this 1955 Studebaker Commander 4-door, available for $3200 in Selma, OR, just north of the California border.

1955 Studebaker Commander right front

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