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1953 Studebaker Commander Land Cruiser

1953 Studebaker Commander Land Cruiser in The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, Movie, 1956 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: US

1953 Studebaker Commander Land Cruiser

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Comments about this vehicle


atom SE

2012-04-12 03:47

I would say 1954 Studebaker Regal. I'm not sure which model, I'd guess the man is covering the best (only?) way to spot it?

Commander 57 US

2012-04-12 04:23

Yes, he is covering up where the V-8 emblem would be to show whether or not this is a Commander or Champion.
But not to worry.
We know this is a Commander Land Cruiser regardless, owing to the vented rear door windows.

However, this is a '53, not a '54.
Note the small rear fender spear. The '54 Land Cruisers had a much heavier and longer spear, as did all Regal-trimmed models that year.

-- Last edit: 2012-04-12 04:29:07

bh US

2012-04-12 04:52

Here's an unimpeded view of the front fender:
[Image: 111129.jpg]

atom SE

2012-04-12 10:56

I thought it had the 1954 bumper over riders and worked my way from there, I did think it was strange with the rear ventilation windows though...

Commander 57 US

2012-04-12 14:56

Those overriders are incorrect for 1953 models.

Since the car was fairly new at the time of the movie, it was likely a case of where the selling dealer installed different guards at the purchaser's request or perhaps they were substituted later.
In fact, they don't really look like Studebaker guards at all from here.

If it was a modern movie, I would just conclude that an incorrect restoration had been done.

Commander 57 US

2012-04-12 17:39

I need to change that.

Did some looking through my Studebaker photo collection and realized I was thinking about the coupe/hardtop guards which were indeed small.
The sedans did have larger guards, albeit not as large as the '54's.

Best I can tell, the subject car does have the correct guards for a sedan.

-- Last edit: 2012-04-12 17:40:05

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