The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 203
1948 Studebaker M5 Pickup

Selling on Saturday

1948 Studebaker M5 Pickup


• The last year for the M Series pickups
• A rare find in good condition
• Finished in bright red fire truck livery
• A clean and simple truck that is a blast to drive

170 cid six-cylinder engine, 80 HP, automatic transmission, front independent coil spring suspension, rear floating axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 113”

Studebaker was an American wagon and automobile manufacturer based in South Bend, Indiana, first established in 1852. First put into production for the US Military in 1940, these rugged M-5 ½-ton trucks saw extensive action in World War II in the Southeast Asian theatre against Japan. Often called the Coupe Express, it features a very car-like interior and shares many components with Studebaker’s passenger cars.

The interior of this lovely truck includes like-new two-tone vinyl door panels, rubber mat floor coverings, and a simple painted dash panel with the factory white-face instruments. The black and red upholstery is excellent, and the entire interior appears nicely finished. It’s been upgraded with a modern tilt-wheel steering column backing up the column shifter, with modern gauges mounted below the dash. The deep red paint finish attracts your eyes immediately, and this truck has a nice square stance and top-notch panel gaps. It is obviously freshly finished and looks fantastic. Options include dual taillights, dual rearview mirrors, bumper guards, dual wipers, and whitewall tires, along with chrome mirrors, hood ornament, and accessory roof marker lights. With fresh running boards and tires, this fire truck-themed Studebaker has great graphics, and will no doubt attract attention wherever it goes. Out back, the step-side bed has a new wood floor and a very nice finish, and, with the painted bumpers, the truck has a workmanlike vibe that is undeniably attractive. Pop the big hood, and you’ll find a clean and accurate engine bay featuring a hard-working inline six, an engine renowned for its durability. With simple chrome hubcaps and fender-mounted headlamps, this iconic Studebaker model bridges the gap between pre-war designs and post-war truck development.

Few trucks have the presence and striking good looks of the Studebaker M5, so finding a clean and properly restored example is a treat not to be taken lightly. These rare haulers maintain a huge and loyal following, and this one will make a great conversation piece at any classic car event for the lucky new owner.

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