1950 Studebaker Champion Deluxe Starlight Coupe

Today’s car is a 1950 Studebaker Champion Deluxe Starlight Coupe owned by Greg White. It was also know as the Bullet-Nose. I photographed this car at the Classics with the Cardinals car show located at Bishop Diego High School in Santa Barbara, CA. It is finished in Aero blue with a beige Interior. It is powered by a 85 hp, 170 cu in, L head inline 6 cylinder engine, with a Carter single barrel carburetor and is mated to a 3-speed manual transmission with overdrive and a 4.55:1 rear axle gear ratio, with the overdrive engaged the final gear ratio is 3.19:1. Slowing this beauty down are drum brakes in all 4-corners. Studebaker boasted a new double A-arm independent front suspension, with tubular shocks, long travel coil springs and stabilizer bar. The rear suspension has longitudinal semi-elliptical leaf springs with tubular shocks.

This body style was produced between 1950 and 1951. One of the subtle differences between the 1950 and 1951 was that the bullet nose was metal in 1950 and plastic in 1951. The total production 0f Studebakers was 334,554 it was their largest production year in history, with 19,028 of them being Champion Deluxe Starlight coupes. The MSRP was $1,592.00. it had a published top speed of 83 mph with a 0-60 mph time of 19.4 seconds. This is a beautiful example of an original restored car. What a great car to take to a Studebaker event, an orphan car show, or just a local Cars and Coffee event. Thank you for riding along. Frank

The Bullet-Nose.
Engine photo courtesy Barrett-Jackson.
Courtesy of Studebaker The Complete History, Foster, Motor Books