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Junkyard Gem: 1962 Studebaker Champ Spaceside

With one wagon construction history spanning from the mid-1700s, luthier Corporation started building gasoline engines delivery truck started in 1911. The company thrived through World War II—helping win the war for the Allies in the process—and for several years afterward, but then had difficulty when GM, Ford and Chrysler began to crush smaller American manufacturers with their increasingly complex (but affordable) products. However, the longstanding company from South Bend, Ind., still hasn’t given up on the pickup market, even with the walls closed, so new generation of Studebaker pickup trucks Launching showrooms for the 1960 model year. Here it is impatienceand i found one of these vans In a self-catering Boneyard in northeast Colorado.

Studebaker pickup truck used same cabin design from the late 1940s, and that cab looked as majestic as the 1960s began, Explosive space explorationand thermonuclear weapons reached the threshold of 50 megatons. Studebaker, merged with package in 1954, there was no money to design a new taxi from scratch, but the first half of larks sized to fit Studebaker’s truck chassis. With a little cut and paste, a Lark-based pickup cab was developed and it looks pretty good.

In fact, the new Champs look as modern as they are Ford’s rival, Chrysler and GM. The cheapest possible Champ 1960 pickup starts at $1,875 (about $19,051 in 2022 dollars). avoid can get you into the most affordable pickup for $1,812 ($18,411) that year, while a chevy pickup starting at $1,991 ($20,230). The cheapest ’60 Ford Flareside is $1,956 ($19,875).

For 1962, the price of a half-ton Champ started at $1,870 (about $19,000 today).

This one has Spaceside bed, accused made using the Dodge engine purchased from Chrysler. Sure Looks similar! Studebaker made a few bucks a long way in the early 1960s, needlessly.

Flat head motor is serious obsolete in the 1960sand it’s good news that Studebaker has finally offered a six . straight overhead valve in Champ for the 1961 model year (Chrysler continued to sell a number of flat-top Dodge trucks for quite some time during this decade, although most of the latter were intended for military use only).

This is a 170 cubic inch (2.8 liter) mill based on Studebaker’s respectable flat design, rated at 110 horsepower and 156 pound-feet. Studebaker’s 289 cubic inch V8 is available as an option. Various transmission lines are available, including one “Flightomatic” automatically; This truck comes with base guide to move column three on tree.

The decorative speaker grille gone, but the original AM radio speakers are still there. Imagine it US Highway 36 from Denver to Indianapolis with Hank Snow’s latest hit buzzing out of this speaker every half hour!

Pickup trucks of this era didn’t use fancy switches or instrumentation.

i still find the Studebaker gets scrapped from time to time transparent my scrap yard tour, but Studebaker was struggling financially in the 1960s so their cars from the last years were rare. 1964 was Champ’s last year (and for all US-built Studebakers, for that matter). Studebaker car production continued in Canada in 1966.

Looks like Studebaker doesn’t do much TV advertisement for the Champion, so here’s an ad for Lark in 62.

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