The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 78
1949 Studebaker Champion Two-Door Sedan

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1949 Studebaker Champion Two-Door Sedan

CHASSIS NO: 476012

• The first new Studebaker design post-WWII
• Penned by notable designer Raymond Loewy
• Reliable six-cylinder; three-speed manual with overdrive

216 cid inline six-cylinder engine, 80 HP, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, independent lever action front suspension, rear solid axle with leaf springs, four-wheel manual drum brakes; wheelbase: 112”

The Studebaker Champion began its run in 1939 as one of the lightest cars of the era, and its outstanding gas mileage made it very popular during WWII gasoline rationing. It is credited with being one of Studebaker’s most successful models ever, and postwar, the Raymond Loewy redesign helped the Champion make up over 65 percent of Studebaker production in 1949. A car that nearly anyone could afford, its combination of modern styling and economy were instrumental in keeping the Studebaker factory busy, and all their dealers in business.

This 1949 Studebaker Champion two-door, #476012, is a three-owner California classic vehicle that is quite rare and in very desirable condition. The bodywork and paint finishes are original and very nicely maintained, with only the most minor signs of wear. The chrome bumpers, emblems and trim are likewise very nice, and this simple car has an eye-catching design and a sleek profile that is very appealing to any fan of post-war cars. There is virtually no rust, and with the very good paint and a new interior, this Champion stands fully ready for any old car adventures you might choose. You certainly won’t see many others and, when you do, there’s great respect among fellow Studebaker enthusiasts.

In excellent mechanical condition showing just over 30,000 miles on the odemeter, this car runs and drives like a well-cared-for car with this mileage should. The six-cylinder engine and transmission are in workmanlike condition and run and operate smoothly making this car highly enjoyable to drive. The doors and windows have upgraded rubber seals with a unique split front and rear window design, the vacuum wipers work but are a bit slow, and a clean replacement cloth and vinyl tan interior with newer carpets has been installed. It’s a simple, comfortable car that can be driven and enjoyed without further expense. It was described by its owner, a dedicated Studebaker enthusiast, as “one of the best 1949 cars I’ve seen”.

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