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Studebaker Champion (1951)


Studebaker Champion (1951)

Often described by people as the car which didn't know which way it was going - due to the wraparound rear screen which could have been the windshield -the Studebaker Champion was designed by famed stylist Raymond Loewy. He took a lot of his influence from the aircraft industry, and nowhere was this more evident than with the bullet nose which even carried a small spinning propeller early in production. This car has been substantially modified since those days, with a revised and strengthened chassis, Mustang II independent front suspension and a Chrysler rear axle on lowered leaf springs. A tuned Mopar 360 sits under the hood and is mated to a Chrysler Torqueflite gearbox with shift-improvement kit. The body has been treated to shaving off any superfluous trim, and the door handles now open on electric solenoid locks operated by remote control.

Studebaker Champion (1951) Specifications

Top speed:115 mph (184 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):9.8 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:360 ci (5,899 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:244 bhp (182 kW) @ 4,200 rpm
Max torque:290 lb ft (393 Nm) @ 3,000 rpm
Weight:2,690 lb (1,222 kg)
Economy:17 mpg (6.01 km/I)
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