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Lot 369
1948 Studebaker Champion Convertible


Selling on Friday

From The Rockhound Collection


• Older restoration that still presents nicely
• Equipped with overdrive for relaxed highway speeds
• The first “new” car after WWII

2.8-liter inline six-cylinder engine, 80 HP, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive; wheelbase: 112”

A full-size car in its first three generations and a mid-size car in its final two generations, the Studebaker Champion was first produced at the Studebaker Corporation’s South Bend, Indiana plant in 1939. The introduction of the Champion could not have come at a better time, as its success was imperative to bringing Studebaker out of the sales slump they were in. When first introduced, the Champion was the senior model but would be moved to the junior model behind the Commander in its final years. Even with the move, the Champion was loved the same by the public. For 1947, the intro year for the third generation, Studebaker completely redesigned the Champion and Commander, thus making them the first “new” cars since the end of World War II. The major differences of the new styling were the flat front fenders, wraparound “greenhouse” rear window in hardtop models, and backlight illumination for the gauges. This restyle would push sales into the green and help Studebaker gain popularity in the public’s eyes once again.

This charming example comes from the third generation of Champions, which ran from 1947 to 1952. It is finished in a light yellow which Studebaker called Tulip Cream with a nice tan interior and has a light tan cloth soft top with a matching top boot cover. Powered by the 80-horsepower Champion inline-six, it has an overdrive three-speed manual transmission for relaxed highway cruising, radio, bumper guards, chrome exhaust tip and whitewall tires. Well-maintained since its restoration took place and entering The Rockhound Collection, this delightful Champion Convertible is ready to be driven and shown with pride by its next caretaker.

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