The Auburn Auction

Lot 66
1951 Studebaker Commander Convertible

Selling on Saturday Evening

1951 Studebaker Commander Convertible
For the Benefit of the Studebaker National Museum

CHASSIS NO: 8192147

• Iconic bullet-nose styling
• Complete restoration
• Equipped with the desirable V-8 engine and automatic transmission
• Factory-correct exterior and interior livery

232.6 cid V-8 engine rated at 120 HP, three-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs front suspension, rear semi-elliptic leaf springs with solid axle, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 115”

Studebaker shocked the automotive world in 1950 with the now iconic bullet-nose. They were seeking to build upon the momentum created in 1947, when they released the first all-new car since WWII, exclaiming at the time the company was the “First By Far with a Post-War Car”. Penned by Studebaker stylist Robert ‘Bob’ Bourke, the bullet-nose has left an indelible mark upon automotive styling and design. Inspired by Raymond Loewy’s love of aviation, it was labeled the ‘Next Look’ by Studebaker marketing. It would be Studebaker’s most successful design in terms of sales, totaling over half a million units during its life from 1950 to 1951 model year. The 1951 model year would be the introductory year for Studebaker’s V-8 engine. Designed and built by Studebaker, it was one of only four automakers to produce a post-war overhead valve V-8. Also newly introduced the previous year was Studebaker’s Automatic Drive transmission. Designed in league with Borg-Warner, it provides a smooth delivery of power, in a fuel-efficient system.

This Commander convertible is trimmed in the upscale ‘State’ package, which includes extra brightwork such as the chrome rear fender gravel guards. The previous owner followed the production order sheet to authentically restore this vehicle. It has been refinished with factory-correct Surf Grey exterior with red leather interior and black fabric top, per the production order sheet. Another charming detail, meticulously recreated are the factory door panels with map pockets. This convertible features the Commander’s standard V-8 and the optional Automatic Drive. Sporting the Studebaker’s automatic folding top, the Commander convertible is designed for convenience and relaxed fair-weather drives. Receipts for many of the parts and work performed during the restoration is included. An original Owner’s Guide and a registration renewal stub from January 1952 lists the possible first owner of this fabulous convertible.

From the estate of Allen Walrath, this beautiful auto is for auction to support the Studebaker National Museum. This is your chance to own an iconic American post-war convertible. As Studebaker marketing proclaimed, “youth in your veins … makes you yearn to drive this Studebaker.”

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