1951 Studebaker Champion Starlite Coupe
Chassis no. G1023565
169.6ci L-head inline six-cylinder engine
Single Carter single-barrel downdraft
85bhp at 4,000rpm
Two-speed automatic transmission
Independent front coil spring suspension and
semi-elliptical rear leaf springs
Four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes
-Offered from a Private Collection
-'Bullet Nose' Studebaker
In receivership in 1933, Studebaker had been revitalized by the time of the Champion's introduction in 1939. This new medium-sized model would prove an outstanding success, re-emerging after WW2. In May 1946 Studebaker became the first major American manufacturer to announce an all-new design with the introduction of its 1947 range. Created by two of the greatest automobile stylists of all time, Raymond Loewy and Virgil Exner, the sensational new Studebakers featured a straight-through front wing line, lowered bonnets and, in the case of the Starlight Coupe, an astonishing wrap-around rear window. For 1950 the company introduced another landmark of automotive styling in the form of the 'Bullet Nose' Studebakers that had clearly been influenced by the coming of the 'Jet Age'.
This 'Bullet Nose' Studebaker Champion three-window coupé is powered by the 169.6cu in (2.8-liter) 85bhp sidevalve six-cylinder engine and has the column shift manual transmission.
The Motorcar Offered
The perfect foil to the Sky Hawk in this collection, the Starlite was acquired 'a few years ago', believed to be previously owned in Indiana. Close inspection of the car today suggests that it retains its original interior which is in very good order, while externally it appears that the car has been repainted or restored to the current maroon scheme.
Having been rarely used in its current ownership, the Starlite has been laid up and stored recently. When viewed for cataloguing/photography, it was suggested that it may require light recommissioning before road use.
- Please note that the title for this vehicle is in transit