1948 Studebaker Champion for sale 101100388
1948 Studebaker Champion
Streetside Classics - Dallas-Ft Worth
(855) 893-3292
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1948 Studebaker Champion

Car for sale by Streetside Classics - Dallas-Ft Worth in Fort Worth, Texas 76137


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Classic Car Overview

Following the war, all the automakers were scrambling to get new hardware out the door, but Studebaker was one of the first to offer a truly new design with the 1947 Champion and Commander. With its distinctive and striking wrap-around rear window, this 1948 Champion offers ground-breaking styling that still looks great today combined with durable, thrifty performance that made them a very popular choice back in the day. The neat little Champion was the right car at the right time and maybe that time has come again. The size and proportions are just about perfect and it has a slick 1940s look that makes folks smile everywhere it goes. This particular teal paint shade wasnt available on 48s (although its somewhat close to Peacock Green) but it obviously looks right on the Studes sleek bodywork, especially with the off-setting white roof. Resprayed recently, the paint is very nice and shows no obvious imperfections or flaws, but its certainly not a $20k finish for a trailer queen, because thats not what Studes are meant to wear. The doors fit well, the cowl vents work properly, and that dramatic 2-piece wrap-around rear window (curved glass was quite the novelty in 1948) never fails to get people talking. Plenty of bright trim is standard fare for the era, and its all in decent condition that would perk up a bit with a good polishing, although a full replacement would better match the paint finish. The future arrived inside, where theres a surprising amount of space for a smallish four-door. Both benches have been upholstered in two-tone vinyl fabric that matches the exterior paint scheme, and all four door panels are taut with the same matching pattern, which looks awesome and ties the whole car together. The burled walnut is very elegant, and strangely puts the clock front and center, with auxiliary gauges on the left and the speedometer on the right. The row of switches and knobs underneath control things like the windshield wipers, headlights, and overdrive for the 3-speed manual transmission. The original AM radio is fitted in the center, right above the heater controls and youll dig the Champion badge emblazoned above the glove compartment. Theres also a reasonably-sized trunk out back that includes a period-style mat, providing plenty of room for all your car show needs. Studebakers reliable 2.8L flathead six seems modest on paper, but in the lightweight Champion, particularly when paired with overdrive, its a fun little engine. The engine bay is very nicely finished with olive green paint on the block, a correct downdraft carburetor, and correct hoses and clamps. The wiring was replaced during the restoration years ago and it still uses its original 6-volt generator to make electricity. It has been fitted with an updated exhaust system that gives it a great 6-cylinder grumble and the chassis is in good condition without being so over-detailed that youre afraid to drive it. That box on the passengers side of the undercarriage is for the heater and even without power assist, the steering is light and easy. Stock gears out back give it plenty of zip around town, but with the overdrive system operating, itll cruise on the highway at 65 MPH without complaints. Matching teal wheels are fitted with really nice hubcaps and trim rings, as well as a set of F78-15 whitewall bias-plys that give it a flashy look. This is a neat little car with a lot of appealing features for not a lot of money. Studebaker was on a roll following the war and even today theres a big group of guys who think theyre the best thing going. Call today!

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Vehicle Specifications

  • VIN
  • Classic Car ID
  • Stock Number
  • Category
    American Classics
  • Body Style
  • New/Used
  • Mileage
    5,714 miles
  • Engine
    2.8 I6
  • Drivetrain
  • Transmission
    3 Speed Manual
  • Exterior Color
  • Custom Color

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