The 1947 Commander was Studebaker top-of-the-line model and available in a variety of body styles. The line was divided into the Deluxe, Regal Deluxe, and Land Cruiser line. A convertible was available, only on the Regal Deluxe line. The Land Cruiser came in a single body style, a 123-inch Sedan. All Deluxe and Regal Deluxe models rested on a 119-inch platform. Power was from an L-head six-cylinder unit that offered 94 horsepower and was mated to a three-speed manual gearbox. An overdrive was available for an addition $90.
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2011
Sold for $38,500 at 2013 RM Auction - Hershey.
Introduced in June 1946 as a 1947 model, the Studebaker factory in South Bend, Indiana, was able to beat just about every other major American manufacturer to market with an all-new automobile. They featured new and innovative styling by Raymond Loewy. The cars were lower, wider, and given a redesigned chassis and suspension.
Both 1947 Studebaker models had six-cylinder engines, with the top-of-the-line Commander having the more powerful 94-horsepower version. The Commander Convertible was offered only in Regal DeLuxe trim, with stainless steel windshield trim and rocker panel moldings. Just 1,503 examples were built.
This convertible was formerly part of the Charles Cawley collection. It underwent a 10-year-long restoration, during which the original interior was carefully retained, including the factory red vinyl upholstery and carpets. The body was refinished in the factory color of Tulip Yellow. Options include a factory overdrive gear, factory spotlights, an AM radio, a clock, a Heater, DeLuxe hood ornament, front and rear bumper tips, signal lights, and fog lights.By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2013