Offered here is an example of the sensational 'Bullet Nose' Studebakers, a landmark of automotive styling clearly influenced by the coming of the 'Jet Age', which had been designed by Raymond Loewy and Virgil Exner. Introduced for 1950, the 'Bullet Nose' Studebaker Land Cruiser sat at the very top of the company's more expensive Commander line up. It was powered by the 245.6ci (4,026cc) 102bhp side-valve six-cylinder engine and had a three-speed column-shift manual transmission.
This example of a Classic American rarely seen in the UK was sold new in August 1950 to its first owner, who used the car to travel to and from his place of work at the Naval Ordnance Test Station at China Lake in the Western Mojave Desert, California. Second owner Edward Haines purchased the Studebaker in 1973 and owned the car for some 30 years in both California and Utah. He then sold it to a friend in the UK, David Loewy of Sussex. The current (fourth) owner purchased the car in 2014.
Recent works carried out include a strip down and re-spray (2017); overhauling the gearbox and overdrive (2019); fitting electronic ignition; replacing the centre prop-shaft bearing and rubbers; overhauling the carburettor, generator, and starter motor; and fitting a bypass (manual) choke. The electrics had already been rewired by Mr Loewy. Offered with bills and a V5C document.
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