1952 Studebaker Commander

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State Starliner
Nineteen fifty two marked the centennial of the Studebaker Corporation; they were one of a handful of wagon builders to succeed in the automobile business. New models were planned for 1953. In the meantime the dated 1947 designs received a final face-lift. The bullet-shaped, airplane inspired front end was replaced by a 'clam-digger' grille. There were 1,715 Commander Convertibles built in 1952.

Source - AACA Museum
1952 was the first year of Studebakers 2nd century of vehicle production (starting with farm wagons in 1852), and the 1952 Starliner was Studebakers first pillarless hardtop. What Stude designers essentially did was take a 1952 convertible (1952 was the last year for a Stude convertible until the introduction of the Lark) and attach a pillarless hard top (much like the ones used by Packard and GM) to it in place of the convertible top. A totally new Starliner debuted for 1953, but thats another car, and another story...
1952 Studebaker Commander 1952 Studebaker Commander 1952 Studebaker Commander
State Starlight Coupe
In 1952 Studebaker introduced the popular Hardtop body style in both the Commander and Champion lines. The company celebrated its centennial on February 16, 1952, and supplied the Pace Car for that year's Indianapolis 500.

A Hardtop is a specific body style that features frameless windows and no roof support pillars.

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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1952 Commander
$2,550-$17,350
1952 Studebaker Commander Price Range: $2,090 - $2,550

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Studebaker
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)63,101
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Buick (572,024)69,593
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)116,333
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)68,708
1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)151,576
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)167,662
1951Chevrolet (1,229,986)Ford (1,013,381)Plymouth (611,000)246,195
1950Chevrolet (1,498,590)Ford (1,208,912)Plymouth (610,954)320,884
1949Ford (1,118,308)Chevrolet (1,010,013)Plymouth (520,385)129,301
1948Chevrolet (696,449)Ford (430,198)Plymouth (412,540)184,993
1947Chevrolet (671,546)Ford (429,674)Plymouth (382,290)161,496

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