1951 Studebaker Commander State Convertible / 8141747 Chassis Information

1951 Studebaker Commander State photograph

1951 Studebaker Commander State photograph

1951 Studebaker Commander State photograph

1951 Studebaker Commander State photograph

1951 Studebaker Commander State photograph

1951 Studebaker Commander State photograph

1951 Studebaker Commander State photograph

1951 Studebaker Commander State photograph

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Convertible
Chassis #: 8141747
Sold for $30,250 at 2011 RM Auctions - Concours d'Elegance at St. Johns.
In the postwar era, Studebaker claimed 'First by Far with a Postwar Car.' Their dramatic Starlight coupe was introduced in 1947 and sales were strong, seeing levels not seen before the war. Studebaker achieved eighth place in the industry for 1949, before setting into a steady ninth as other automakers' production caught up with demand.

For 1950, Studebaker introduced their automatic transmission, developed in conjunction with Borg Warner. 1950 was also the year the cars were face-lifted with the aircraft-inspired 'bullet-nose' design. The following year, a V-8 engine was offered, a first for an independent automaker. The engine was a sturdy overhead-valve design that remained in production for over a decade.

This Studebaker Commander State Convertible is finished in light yellow with a saddle tan interior and a canvas top. It was restored in 1987 and has aged rather nicely. The engine is a 232.6 cubic-inch overhead valve V-8 that offers 120 horsepower. There is a three-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. It is equipped with AM radio, under-seat heater, backup lamps, directional signals, chrome fender skirts, full chrome wheel covers and a tissue dispenser. For 1951, just 3770 'State' Line convertibles were produced.

In 2011, this Commander State Convertible was offered for sale at the St. John auction presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $35,000 - $45,000 and was offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $30,250 including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2011

2011 RM Auctions - Concours d'Elegance at St. Johns

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$35,000-$45,000 
Sale Price :
$30,250

2017 1
2016 1
2013 2
2011 1
2009 1
2008 1
2006 1
2003 1
2002 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2017$11,288$11,2881
2016$45,650$45,6501
2013$31,675$37,5002
2011$30,250$30,2501
2009$11,000$11,0001
2008$13,750$13,7501
2006$49,500$49,5001
2003$13,500$13,5001
2002$11,000$11,0001

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1951 sales)
1951 STUDEBAKER STARLITE COUPE
Sold for $11,288
  2017 McCormick's - # 62
 
1951 Studebaker Commander State Convertible
Sold for $45,650
  2016 Auctions America : Auburn Fall
 
1951 Studebaker Commander State V-8 Convertible
Sold for $25,850
  2013 Auctions America - California
 
1951 Studebaker Commander Convertible
Sold for $37,500
  2013 Mecum Auctions - Kissimmee, FL Auction
 
1951 Studebaker Commander State Convertible
Chassis#: 8141747
Sold for $30,250
  2011 RM Auctions - Concours d'Elegance at St. Johns
1951 Studebaker Commander State image  1951 Studebaker Commander State image  
1951 Studebaker Commander Open Top
Sold for $11,000
  2009 Leake Auctions - Houston - Annual Leake Auto Auction - Reliant Center
 
1951 Studebaker Starlight Street Rod
Sold for $13,750
  2008 Mecum High Performance Auction at Kissimmee, FL
 
1951 Studebaker Commander State Convertible
Sold for $49,500
  2006 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction
1951 Studebaker Commander State image  1951 Studebaker Commander State image  
1951 STUDEBAKER STARLIGHT COUPE
Sold for $13,500
  2003 Kruse Auction - Ft.Lauderdale, Fl
 
1951 STUDEBAKER STAR LITE CUSTOM COUPE
Sold for $11,000
  2002 Kruse Auction - Dallas, TX
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1951 Studebaker Commander State's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1951 Studebaker Commander State V-8 Convertible 2013 Mecum Dan Mecum's 26th Spring Classic$30,000  
1951 Studebaker Commander State V-8 Convertible 2013 Mecum : Indianapolis$30,000  
1951 Studebaker Convertible 2011 Mecum Auctions Dallas, TX Auction$50,000  
1951 STUDEBAKER COMMANDER STATE CONVERTIBLE 2011 Worldwide Auctions The Auburn Auction   
1951 Studebaker Commander Starlight Coupe 2011 Dana Mecum's Original Spring Classic Auction 24th Year$20,000  
1951 STUDEBAKER STARLIGHT 3 WINDOW 2007 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions November 18, 2007$8,500  
1951 STUDEBAKER STARLIGHT COUPE 2001 Kruse Auction Dallas, TX$11,000  

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