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1955 Studebaker Champion Ghia-Aigle 2+2 Sportcoupé

1955 Studebaker Champion Ghia-Aigle in Le petit soldat, Movie, 1963 IMDB

Class: Cars, Coupé — Model origin: US — Built in: CH

1955 Studebaker Champion Ghia-Aigle 2+2 Sportcoupé

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sixcyl FR

2006-02-26 18:30

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Je suis incapable de dire quel est ce somptueux coupé :/

sixcyl FR

2006-02-26 18:31

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[Image: coupe27av9si.4848.jpg] [Image: coupe37af.7245.jpg]

-- Last edit: 2006-06-04 15:01:32 (antp)

Saturn Simon UK

2006-02-26 19:31

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That's a fantastic looking car!

Looks like a coachbuilt special. Could it be a Ghia-bodied Chrysler of some sort??

wrenchhead US

2006-02-26 19:33

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I don't know what it is but I want one. I also thought it looked like a Ghia design but couldn't find anything like it.

BeanBandit FI

2006-02-26 19:40

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The movie is shot in Zürich and Geneva, maybe it is made by some Swiss coachbuilder?

sixcyl FR

2006-02-26 20:43

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I think too, about a US chassis with specific body... and want one ,too ! :D
won't be easy ... :??:

stronghold EN

2006-02-26 23:33

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Put me down for one as well.! looks good ...never come across this before.!

antp BE

2006-02-26 23:37

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I am very curious about this one too :D
At first sight it reminded by the Aston Martin DB4, but it would have been too easy.

mrcadillac SX

2006-02-27 07:36

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Am guessing: Dual-Ghia (Chrysler-powered) 1957-1963

sixcyl FR

2006-02-27 09:54

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Quote Am guessing: Dual-Ghia (Chrysler-powered) 1957-1963


I had a look on several site about Dual-Ghia, and I didn't find any Coupé looking like this one
http://www.elisanet.fi/ralf/dualghia.htm

I'm not convinced :/

antp BE

2006-02-27 10:02

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Same for me :/

Junkman UK

2006-02-27 10:18

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It is not a Dual Ghia and anyway looks much more Pinin Farina to me than any Ghia.

pilou BE

2006-02-27 11:09

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The body is without doubt a Ghia realisation of ca 1953-1954 .But for the chassis further research will be necessary.This car does have headlights mounted on top of the front fenders , not like the Chrysler Ghias or Chrysler GS-1's that had lower , slightly inboard mounted headlights with the front part of the front fenders slightly extruding at each side of those lights.Furthermore , there is an airscoop on the hood , a feature also not seen on the known Chrysler bodied cars and the grille does not seem to have the more oval shape as on Chryslers .So another chassis ( Jaguar , Aston Martin...) or a modified GS-1 ?

antp BE

2006-02-27 11:10

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The closest thing that I found until now is the make "Cisitalia", but it is still not that :/

antp BE

2006-02-27 11:15

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With Pilou's hint I found that:
http://www.ghia-aigle.info/graphics/pics_big/1955_studebaker_01.jpg
"1955 Studebaker Champion 2+2 Sportcoupé"
... looks close
and: Ghia, Swiss ("Ghia-Aigle" is in Switzerland, we talked about Swiss production above :D)

-- Last edit: 2006-02-27 11:19:18

pilou BE

2006-02-27 11:34

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The picture you refer to is the one with the 1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 SS chassis , not the Studebaker one .Yes , given some distotrtion of the movie picture , it could be the Alfa Romeo 1900 SS Coupe by Ghia Aigle of 1956.

antp BE

2006-02-27 11:35

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:??: why is the file called "1955 studebaker" then?
They put the name above the picture on that page, cf the first pic which is obviously the Mercedes Kombi and not the Citroën Cabriolet.

-- Last edit: 2006-02-27 11:36:05

sixcyl FR

2006-02-27 14:30

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Quote :??: why is the file called "1955 studebaker" then?
They put the name above the picture on that page, cf the first pic which is obviously the Mercedes Kombi and not the Citroën Cabriolet.

I agree with you Antoine, the picture is Ghia-Aigle Coupé based on Studebaker Champion, the mention Alfa Romeo 1900SS concerns the text below and not the pciture.... anyway good find!

Alexander DE

2006-02-27 14:39

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Quote The picture you refer to is the one with the 1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 SS chassis , not the Studebaker one .Yes , given some distotrtion of the movie picture , it could be the Alfa Romeo 1900 SS Coupe by Ghia Aigle of 1956.

Following the links given for the Alfa Romeos I find something completely different:
Link to "www.barchetta.cc"
Link to "www.barchetta.cc"
Link to "www.barchetta.cc"

This picture is certainly named '1955 Studebaker Champion 2+2 Sportcoupé'
http://www.ghia-aigle.info/graphics/pics_small/1955_studebaker_01.jpg

...and the wheelbase moves into the right direction.

pilou BE

2006-02-27 14:40

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Yes you are right sorry , the picture text is above the picture , so Studebaker Champion Ghia-Aigle Coupe 1955.

wrenchhead US

2006-02-27 20:28

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I wanted see the unobstructed car so I made a composite picture without the man. You found the right car.

[Image: wholecar0yk.4125.jpg]

Excellent find!! I don't care if is is a Studebaker, I still want one.


-- Last edit: 2006-02-27 20:39:47

sixcyl FR

2006-02-27 21:01

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Quote I wanted see the unobstructed car so I made a composite picture without the man. You found the right car.

Very good use of Photoshop? or Adobe Photo deluxe? ... thank's!

I wonder how many were produced?...and how many still existing nowadays to fill wrenchhead's and mine whishes :D

wrenchhead US

2006-02-27 21:02

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Photoshop

stronghold EN

2006-02-28 04:24

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Excellent find!! I don't care if is is a Studebaker, I still want one.
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..Yes great find ... and very surprising to find it's a Studebaker.! (must be extremely rare.!)

Alessandro58 CH

2008-01-27 22:16

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Alexander wrote
Following the links given for the Alfa Romeos I find something completely different:
Link to "www.barchetta.cc"
Link to "www.barchetta.cc"
Link to "www.barchetta.cc"

This picture is certainly named '1955 Studebaker Champion 2+2 Sportcoupé'
http://www.ghia-aigle.info/graphics/pics_small/1955_studebaker_01.jpg

...and the wheelbase moves into the right direction.

On the page, where you find the correct picture, we read about: "1963 Background vehicle in Geneva street scene in the movie “Le petit soldat” (The Little Soldier) directed by Jean-Luc Godardthe". The world is very small...

-- Last edit: 2008-01-27 22:18:03

antp BE

2008-01-27 23:44

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:) nice, they added a link back to us

-- Last edit: 2008-01-27 23:52:17

voli61 CH

2008-03-23 18:30

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Hello,

Just found this forum - it's great. Has anyone more information about the Studebaker by Ghia-Aigle? If this wonderful car still exists, where is it today. Any information is welcomed.

Best regards,
voli61

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