Used a Canon T1i, captured in Elko, Georgia
This is my singular favorite auto design
In 1947, Studebaker introduced a radical new body that they would continue to use until 1952. The 1947, ‘48 and ’49 models had a somewhat flat grill, but that was changed in 1950 and ’51, thanks to Bob Bourke’s bullet nose design. This website’s focus is on the bullet nose models of 1950 & 1951. Some of the Studebakers you will see on this website were built before 1950 but have the ’50 or ’51 sheet metal added in place of their original front ends. You will also see some other cars that have the Studebaker bullet nose front end added to them.
Three models of Studebaker were available during the bullet nose years; Land Cruiser, Commander and Champion. The Land Cruiser was only sold as a four-door sedan and was basically a stretched version of the Commander four-door with longer rear doors. The Champion was a shorter version of the Commander in 1950 but in 1951 they were built on the same chassis. Wheelbase dimensions are:
1950 Land Cruiser – 124 in.
1950 Commander – 120 in.
1950 Champion – 113 in.
1951 Land Cruiser – 119 in.
1951 Commander – 115 in.
1951 Champion – 115 in.
The Commander and Champion body styles included the four-door sedan, two door sedan, business coupe, convertible and the Starlight Coupe, which was designed by Raymond Loewy.
In 1950, the Land Cruiser and Commander had a 245 cu. in. flathead six that produced 102 hp. The 1950 Champion had a 169 cu. in. flathead six that produced 85 hp. 1951 saw some changes as Studebaker introduced a V-8 engine in the Land Cruiser and Commander lines. This 232 cu. in. OHV engine produced 120 hp. The Champion used the same 85 hp flathead six engine in 1950 and 1951.