RealRides of WNY - 1953 Studebaker

This appears to be a 1953 Studebaker Champion Regal Starlight Coupe. I say appears to bebecause it seems to have the grille of a ’53 while wearing the C-pillar trim and chrome roof two-tone break-line pieces from a 1954 model. (Sometimes I think they do this to me on purpose!)We saw this nice example, from Pennsylvania, a few years ago at a Studebaker swap meet in Dunkirk, where it was in th

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Studebaker

Day 4 of Wagon Week…The all-new 1963 Studebaker Lark Wagonairewas unique in the American market with its sliding roof panel which could help owners accommodate… what? A small refrigerator? A potted palm? Or maybe, as was suggested in the brochure photo seen below, a safe place for the kids to stand when the parents park in the middle of a poison ivy patch, Lol… The Lark statio

RealRides of WNY - 1962 Studebaker Champ

Here’s a 1962 Studebaker Champ, really pretty much a mash-up of the Studebaker Lark compact car’s front end, a pickup chassis which dated back to 1949, and a late-1950’s Dodge Sweptline pickup box (Studebaker purchased the tooling from Chrysler to replace their own outdated pontoon-fendered box, which also dated back to 1949). This nice green & white two-toned Champ was seen

RealRides of WNY - 1959 Studebaker Lark

Hard to tell unless you really look, but this 1959 Studebaker Lark is based on the South Bend manufacturer’s 1953 models’ body shell. A nip here and a tuck there made for styling updates which pretty much helped Studebaker hang on right into the mid-1960s, when they finally ran out of gas. And cash. Saw this wagon in the car corral at the recent Studebaker Swap Meet at the Chautauqua C