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1951 Studebaker Champion Regal Convertible [10G]

1951 Studebaker Champion Regal [10G] in It Happened to Jane, Movie, 1959 IMDB

Class: Cars, Convertible — Model origin: US

1951 Studebaker Champion Regal Convertible [10G]

[*][*][*] Vehicle used by a character or in a car chase

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vilero ES

2009-09-10 12:21

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Champion Regal or Commander??. In some pics I've seen Commanders with some chrome trim over the headlights, and here the car hasn't it.

DT83 US

2009-09-10 12:40

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I'd say it's a Champion Regal. It looks similiar to this one, with the lack of chrome over the headlights. But this ones a 50 model. http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/main.php?g2_itemId=73796

Commander 57 US

2010-02-06 18:54

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I believe this fender-top brightwork was optional by 1951.
My family owned a '51 Commander for over 10 years and it had no such chrome pieces.
Would need to see the engine, dashboard or presence/absence of V-8 emblems on the trunklid or hood crest to tell for certain which model.

Photo of a 1951 Commander I found on the internet, showing no fender top chrome:
Link to "posterous.com"
Second pix, to prove this is a Commander. Note V-8 trunklid emblem.
Link to "posterous.com"

This is a Champion, since all Commander convertibles were in the State series and all States had fender top ornaments.

(Definitely a 1951, BTW)


-- Last edit: 2010-02-13 18:15:53

Commander 57 US

2010-02-07 18:11

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OK. Final word (hopefully!) on '50 to '51 Studebaker fender top ornaments.
(Maybe someday, I will research the '47 to '49 models)
In 1950, such ornaments were standard on Commanders/Land Cruisers and optional on Champions.
In 1951, they were standard on the Commander State and Land Cruisers but optional on Commander Regals and Champion models.
I hope that clears confusion.

(My family had a 1951 Studebaker Commander Regal sedan without the ornament option)

BTW, in 1951, the gravel shields were chromed on State Commanders, Land Cruisers & Champion convertibles, and rubber on Regal Commanders, non-convertible Regal Champions and Deluxe Champions. There were no shields at all on Custom Champions which also had no hood ornaments and painted headlamp/taillamp rims.

-- Last edit: 2010-02-07 18:15:23

Commander 57 US

2010-02-16 23:14

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Sure enough there IS one more word to say on the fender ornaments!

In 1950, all Commanders and Land Cruisers had fender top ornaments and they were long and low.
The 1950 Champions had fender top ornaments available optionally but they were not the same ornaments as the Commanders.
The Champion ornaments were shorter and had small "fins" on the leading edges.
Those same optional Champion ornaments were used on all 1951 Studebakers that had fender top ornaments (with the long, low 1950 Commander style being discontinued).

Whew!

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