1951 Studebaker Champion

1951 Studebaker Champion Regal Convertible

Studebaker’s famous “bullet nose” design came from the musings of Raymond Loewy Associates artist Bob Bourke, recalling the famous nose of the P-38 Lightning World War II fighter.

Without changing the basic 1947 body style that Studebaker successfully introduced as “first by far with a post-War car,” the South Bend automaker created the controversial front-end lineup in 1950 and refined the look for the 1951 model year in Champion, Commander, and Land Cruiser models.  Studebaker sold more cars in 1950 and 1951 than any other year in its storied history. 

This 1951 survivor was produced just after Christmas 1950 — likely as a holiday gift — and was sent to a Louisville, Kentucky dealership.  The car was found in Texas, with mostly original equipment.  Painted “Comanche Red,” the convertible 1951 Champion was shipped with optional equipment like an AM radio, a “Climatizer” heater, and overdrive (necessary for going faster than 50 miles per hour.)  A comprehensive restoration included installation of a 1955 Studebaker Straight 6 engine, a hydraulic system for the convertible top, LED headlights and taillights, and a digital radio for AM, FM, and Bluetooth reception.