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Published on Jul 27, 2009
What you see here in this video is an extraordinary yet controversial design by Bob Bourke. Although the Studebaker Starlight Coupe was produced in 1949, that year critics were saying it looked like it was the same, coming or going. So, a major facelift took place for the model year of 1950. The major facelift design was the bullet nose that is capped by an airplane theme jet intake. The airplane theme mimicks the famous 1949 Ford's grille. The most outstanding feature of the Starlight Coupe beside the bullet nose is the curved five piece rear window which was an outstanding glass production feat in 1950. Note the sunvisor mounted over the front windshield. This coupe body was mounted on a 120 inch wheelbase and had power from an engine that produced 102 bhp. An improvement for all 1950 models was the replacement of archaic single transverse leaf suspension with front coil springs. If you ordered an automatic transmission for your Stude it had the "hill holder" feature, a feature developed by Studebaker in the 1930's. Rivaling the Big Three automakers in price, a Starlight Coupe was priced around $1,400. Studebaker broke sales records this year by selling over 320,000 cars - quite a feat for an independent car manufacturer. Though the design of this car was different, if you look at this car's design objectively, I think you will agree that this car doesn't look that bad at all.