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1953 Studebaker Commander Starliner

1953 was the introduction of Studebakers first entirely new body style since 1947. Surprisingly, the demand for the Loewy coupes, as they were called (after designer Raymond Loewy), outweighed the demand for the sedans 4 to 1! The 1953 Studebaker Loewy coupe was acclaimed numerous times as the most beautiful cars ever produced. Beautiful they were, but powerful, they were not. The 6-cyl Champion version was grotesquely underpowered, and the V-8 Commander was not exactly a muscle machine.

The 1953 bodyshell was one of the most widely used designs by Studebaker. Due to insufficient funds, Studebaker kept on using the basic 1953 coupe body on its Hawk series until 1964. The 1953 sedan body, albeit heavily modified throughout the years, was used until the demise of the company in 1966.

Related Reading : Studebaker Commander History

The Studebaker Commander was produced for several years, representing several bodystyle changes, and first appeared in the 1920s. The company would continue to use the name until their demise in 1966. There were only a few years where the Commander did not appear in Studebakers line-up during that time those were in 1936 and 1959-1963. When the name first appeared in 1927, it was Studebakers....
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