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1951 Studebaker Commander Regal

1951 Studebaker Commander in The Muppet Movie, Movie, 1979 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: US

1951 Studebaker Commander Regal

[*][*][*][*] Vehicle used a lot by a main character or for a long time

Comments about this vehicle

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DAF555 SE

2005-09-29 19:30

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I think it´s a 1951 Studebaker Champion according to the bumpers, they were slightly different on 1950 model.

Richard Davies EN

2008-10-06 22:34

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This film was the first time I had heard of Studebakers.

Fozzy's car did start out as a more boring colour, but was repainted as above to disguise it.

XFJaguar US

2008-12-15 13:38

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could someone upload more images of this car? preferably when it was a different colour? i think it was like gray or black or somethin and it was kinda fallin apart cuz i remember seein previews for the movie. but id like 2 see some more pictures

atom SE

2009-10-06 18:21

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Why did you remove the car when it was painted, I think it was more 'iconic' picture for this movie.

Kooshmeister US

2009-10-06 18:22

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It actually looks like this for much longer than it does when painted. They get rid of it pretty much right after it's painted. Like only scene later they collide with Gonzo's Citroen and then go to the used car lot. It's brown for most of its screentime.

-- Last edit: 2009-10-06 18:24:00

CougarTim US

2009-10-06 19:06

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Ahh, a bear in his natural habitat - a Studebaker.

Commander 57 US

2009-10-06 19:16

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I know of no way to visually ID any exterior difference between 1951 Commanders and Champions other than by namplates over the grille and they have been removed from this car.
The main model difference was under the hood (Commanders were V-8's and Champions were 6's).
Also, I believe the dashboards were different.

Trainboy12 UK

2009-12-23 11:24

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From Wikipedia:

In the film Fozzie states that he inherited the car from his uncle. When asked by Kermit if his uncle is dead Fozzie replies "no, just hibernating". One car was painted but unmodified and driven by a person in the front seat. It was used for long, traveling shots. The second car was driven by a person in the trunk, who viewed the road through a TV set. The TV received its image from a camera located in the center nose of the car's front grill. This made it possible for Frank Oz to sit in the front seat and portray Fozzie driving the car in close up shots. This car is now on display at the Studebaker Museum in South Bend, Indiana.

scaryclown101

2010-01-08 08:10

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I think it looks close to a 1951 Studebaker Champion.

enervator US

2010-01-18 22:40

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The Studebaker National Museum, which actually has the car, has been calling it a Commander. I'd love to know for certain which model it was.

I still think it's crazy that they came up with such an intricate paint job and then gave it something like five minutes of screen time.

Crown 85 US

2010-01-18 22:43

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Well, you will need to either inspect the dashboard or lift the hood, Enervator.

Commander 57 US

2010-02-09 18:01

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Likely a Champion as no rocker panel moulding but same could have been removed during its "customizing".

scaryclown101

2010-02-16 02:19

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No I think I'm wrong. It is a 1951 Studebaker Commander.

Commander 57 US

2010-02-16 22:52

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Based on?
(All 1951 Commanders had stainless steel rocker panel mouldings and either this car does not or it has been painted over.)

Commander 57 US

2011-07-21 22:03

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The closer I inspect the more it looks to me as if this car does have the ss rocker panel moulding that has been painted over.

But that does not make it a Commander as Champion Regals also had that trim piece. (Champion Deluxe and Custom models did not.)
ALL Commanders (Regal, State and Land Cruiser) carried it.

police car fan NL

2014-03-07 20:49

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-- Last edit: 2014-03-07 20:50:33 (walter)

Commander 57 US

2014-03-07 23:02

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Well, thanks to Police car fan's additional images, we can now conclude this is a Commander.
Note the V-8 emblem on the trunklid.

Thanks, Pcf!

police car fan NL

2014-03-07 23:49

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No problem Commander 57 :)

karoomay SY

2014-03-07 23:52

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Yes, it's nice when someone provides additional images a vehicle, unlike some other members who shall not be named. :whistle:

Commander 57 US

2014-03-08 01:45

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Interesting, though.
Look closely at thumbnail #5 (the one with the fork in the road). Doesn't that look like a 4-door? And I don't see a V-8 emblem on the trunk.
Could two Studebakers have been used in this movie?

-- Last edit: 2014-03-08 01:46:03

plutopup US

2015-11-29 07:11

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I like Studebaker! ;)

stevil101 US

2017-07-22 22:13

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I know it has a V-8 emblem, but did Studebaker even make a 2 door version of the Commander like this one? I tried looking them up, but I can't find one. I mean, I know the museum says it's a Commander, but why does it have 2 doors instead of 4 doors.

Commander 57 US

2017-07-22 22:24

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Yes.
The 1951 Commanders came in two trim levels, Regal and State.
Both trim lines came as 4-door sedans, 2-door sedans (the subject car) and 2-door coupes (the so-called Starlight).
In addition, the State Commanders also came as convertibles.
(The Land Cruiser, an extended wheelbase 4-door sedan, was also technically part of the Commander line.)

stevil101 US

2017-07-23 20:11

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I'm confused! If they said the one in the museum was used for close up shots, then why doesn't it have a cracked windshield like in the movie? Was it replaced with a new one?

Commander 57 US

2017-07-23 23:03

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Can't answer that one.
Per my 2014-03-08 comment, it may be that more than one Studebaker was used in the movie.

kooshmeister US

2017-10-21 23:12

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karoomay wrote Yes, it's nice when someone provides additional images a vehicle, unlike some other members who shall not be named. :whistle:


I provide additional images all the time. Well, usually, anyway. :whistle:

-- Last edit: 2017-10-21 23:17:05

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