A couple of months ago we ran a post called Cars On Roofs about the many old (and sometimes new) cars you see put on top of buildings for advertising purposes. That post was inspired by seeing a bulletnose Studebaker convertible on top of a storage shed at a used car dealer in Detroit. I didn’t have my camera rig with me at the time but I was able to get back to Doulette’s Deal, where Detroiters have been buying used cars for over 30 years to take these photos. The nice folks at the store say that they get many requests to sell it these days, but when they first put it up there, it was a funny looking old car that nobody wanted. Up close you can see that it’s pretty rough, being exposed to the Michigan elements for three decades after it was already in bad enough shape to put up there, but the shop’s manager said that it was restorable. He’s restored and customized a bunch of cars, with hundreds of pictures on his wall to prove it, and I’d probably agree with him, rough but restorable. They also had the front end of another Studie mounted on a wall. With that bullet nose and rear fender bulges, the 1950 and 1951 Studebakers look great in 3D. Back in the day, people must have thought that they looked good too because those years were Studebaker’s best selling years, which may partly explain why they have so many fans and there are so many restored and restorable examples.
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