1966 Studebaker Cruiser.

March 23, 2012

11 comments

11 comments:

The Professor said...

Wow! A '66 Studebaker! This was the last year of production for Studebaker; only 9,000 total 1966 models were made. Great find!

Matt Saxton said...

Very much indeed! My grandfather owned a Studebaker dealership for about 25 years in East McKeesport, Pennsylvania, (opened it some time in the 1930s) and stopped selling them in 1963 when the South Bend plant closed. He then sold Chrysler/Plymouths until his death in 1968, and his brothers closed it that year. Anyway, this Studebaker would have been built in Canada, and is the descendent of the Lark. Pretty cool!

Dave said...

Oddly luxurious. I've always had a soft spot for the Studes- even the 'ugly' Canadians. I often wonder what could have happened if American Motors brought them into the fold.

cam.man67 said...

Cruiser? Heck yeah! I'd totally drive that. The color is pure '60s goodness.

Ben Piff said...

Wow, golden-glorious. I really dig the lack of small or subtle details.

Having trouble figuring out how big this car is, what does it compare to?

Justin said...

Gorgeous. The paintjob compliments the lines and that front fascia is great.

kenosha62 said...

Hey Ben it's little larger than 87 Taurus cept with comfy couch seating and lots more head room. Great car thanks for posting

Matt Saxton said...

Chrysler Concorde would be comparable in size, both with 113-inch wheelbases. Trying to find a 1960s model with a comparable wheelbase might be tricky. They were usually longer. In other words, this wasn't a huge car at that time.

Ezra said...

Dave said: "Ugly Canadians?" It was built in Hamilton, Ontario. It's the prettiest thing to come out of Hamilton aside from Martin Short.

clifton.ra said...

Weight 3,066lbs
Dimension
Wheelbase 113 inches
Length 190 inches
Width 71.5 inches
Height 54.8 inches
Front Tread 57.375 inches
Rear Tread 56 9/16 inches

http://www.classiccardatabase.com/specs.php?series=8794&year=1966&model=80

1966 Chevrolet Chevelle

Wheelbase Overall Length
115 in 197 in
Width Front Tread Rear Tread
74.6 in 58 in 58 in
tire size 6.95 x 14
4-dr sedan 3,110 lbs

http://www.oldride.com/library/1966_chevrolet_chevelle.html

clifton.ra said...

Factor in that the Stude was: Original Base Price $2,682.00

And the Chevelle Malibu Series 36 - V-8 was: $2,458.

$224 was 3.2% of a $6900 annual income. Most women didn't work and gas cost around $0.32 cents a gallon.
The Studebaker was expensive.

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