Studebaker built full-scale clay mockups of their truck designs as early as 1945, well in advance of their 1948 introduction for the 1949-model year. The designs were smooth, modern, and fresh. They were the first vehicles of their kind with a tough double-walled cargo bed and lacked the old-fashion running boards and cargo bed steps.
The 169.6 cubic-inch 'flathead' six-cylinder engine produced the most horsepower per cubic inch of any American light truck engine of the period. The L-head 'Champion' engine offered 85 horsepower for 1952.
This example, a late production 1/2-Ton Pickup Truck, has a three-speed manual transmission with centrifugal overdrive. It has been given a body-off restoration prior to the acquisition by the current owner. The exterior is finished by the factory-correct shade of Turquoise with red interior upholstery. Features include the optional centrifugal overdrive and an interior light.
In 2012, this 2R5 pickup was offered for sale at RM Auctions Scottsdale, Arizona auction. It was estimated to sell for $30,000 - $40,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the truck had been sold for the sum of $24,750 inclusive of buyer's premium.