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Old 3rd February 2009, 03:09   #31
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No chrome headlight rings - thought they look tacky. The A/C is not OE, but, period and design accurate. What other pics would you like to see?

yes, speedo and all instruments and clock works.

here is the side view ....
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Here is a immaculate Studebaker Commander ('56). One owner, all original part - imported as needed. 3 Speed, monster V8, electronic dash (original), A/C ......
Looks pretty neat. What is an 'electronic dash?'
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a little OT, but here is a sedan version of the Commander called the President.
its from a local rally.
Sorry if I sound picky but the Commander in these pics. also is a sedan (a.k.a saloon)
That's what this style of body is called.

Anyways, going by the names, I guess the President was something like the top-of-the-range model?

And conssidering that these cars were assembled by HM in the 50s, ther happen to be quite a number of them still around in Calcutta?
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a little OT, but here is a sedan version of the Commander called the President.
its from a local rally.

The Commander is also a saloon amit! Look closely.

There were basically 3 saloons in '56.

The champion was the base model and came with a 6 cylinder 3.0 Liter, 186.0 Cid Engine
It also had a 2 door wagon called the Pelham.

Next up was the commander saloon. It had a 4.2L,259 cid V8 motor, with a 2Bbl carb as standard, and an optional 4bbl carb. P/S was an option in these.
Its wagon was called the Parkview.

The top of the range wa the president. It came with a different side trim, better features inside and a 4Bbl carb as standard. Internationally, it came with a full wheel cover, but India got only the amby style half wheel covers, which were originally on the champion.

It also had a 2 door wagon variant called the pinehurst.
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Sorry if I sound picky but the Commander in these pics. also is a sedan (a.k.a saloon)
That's what this style of body is called.
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The Commander is also a saloon amit! Look closely.
it's too hard to find whether it's a 2door or a 4door from the first two pictures. also, i never knew india had the 4door commander.
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it's too hard to find whether it's a 2door or a 4door from the first two pictures. also, i never knew india had the 4door commander.
Hi, just a general comment. Almost all cars ever assembled, built or imported to be sold in India, were 4 door sedans. Some station wagons did come, no 2 door except the Chennai product for which they did eventually make a 4 door version. And perhaps the Baby Hindustan. All other coupes, 2 doors convertibles were imported by individuals, consulates, etc. except for the 1954 convertible Chrysler products, Dodge, DeSoto, Plymouth.
Will be glad to hear more info on this.
BTW, in which city is this Studebaker located? Not to buy. but just curious.
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BTW - it is for sale at the right price. By what I see on this forum, I am not sure if this would be the place. Just the duty on the imported parts will blow most budgets.

The car spent all of it's year in the South and currently, last 5 years, is in Ahmedabad.
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BTW - it is for sale at the right price. By what I see on this forum, I am not sure if this would be the place. Just the duty on the imported parts will blow most budgets.

The car spent all of it's year in the South and currently, last 5 years, is in Ahmedabad.
You may advertise the car here with price and contact details.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/vintag...available.html
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what is a cyclops eye speedo?
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what happened to its hubcaps ?
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Hi, just a general comment. Almost all cars ever assembled, built or imported to be sold in India, were 4 door sedans. Some station wagons did come, no 2 door except the Chennai product for which they did eventually make a 4 door version. And perhaps the Baby Hindustan. All other coupes, 2 doors convertibles were imported by individuals, consulates, etc. except for the 1954 convertible Chrysler products, Dodge, DeSoto, Plymouth.
Will be glad to hear more info on this.
BTW, in which city is this Studebaker located? Not to buy. but just curious.
thank you for the info., i never knew this.
i thought all the rhd 2 door sedans were produced in india under lisence.
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what is a cyclops eye speedo?

the 'cyclops eye' speedo was one of the bling features of the 56 studes. they worked similar to the old weighing machines, where the numbers rotate on a drum behind the glass. A very novel feature i must say!

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Thanks JayD, A very novel feature indeed.
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Well there are a few differences between a studebaker commander and a studebaker president.
The commander has a single line of trims on the doors and fenders whereas the president has a Double line of trims (do observe in the pictures above).The commader rear doors were 6" smaller than the President rear doors so as a result the commander was 6" shorter in length compared to the president.And the last thing is that the president had lether or false lether on the left hand side on the dash.Apart from this No other difference same engine same suspension same gear box eveything the same.


Another thing is the pics of the commander above show that the headlight rims are painted.Well sometimes in the 60's there was this rule that you could not have any chrome on cars and they had to paint the bumpers and the headlight rims.Since it is very difficult to re chrome somethin which has been painted that is why mayb the car still has the headlight rims still painted.I could be wrong about this particular car but sure of the law that was passed.
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Never heard of this "no chrome on carsin the 60's" deal.

In fact the sixties were the times when lashings of crome were de regure.

In the US chrome was not permitted in the forties due to the WW2 this is the reason they used painted trim on cars like the 47 Fleetmaster.

These cars were called "blackout" cars. Chrome was in high season in the fifties and sixties.
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