2012 Orphan Car Show: 1950-1953 Studebaker Champions

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Though the 1947 Studebaker sedans were notable for being the first true postwar car designs, people tend to think of the 1950-52 models, the ones with a chrome “spinner” in the middle of the front end, hence the moniker “bullet nose”. Maybe it’s the fact that the early ’50s Studebaker sedan was cartoonish enough to star in a Muppet movie. Essentially the same car as the ’47 with that new front end, my guess is that the 1950 Studebaker was probably how the Loewy studio originally envisioned the car but that was too radical for the ’47 model so it got a more conventional front end. The bullet nose only lasted three years because in 1953, the Champion got a front end styled after the Starliner coupe, Studebaker’s halo car that year.

 

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