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Studebaker Starlight Car, for sale in LeMars, Iowa, for $33,700.
Without hesitation, one of the most attractive American cars ever produced was the 1953 Studebaker with design from the talented genius Raymond Loewy. For 1954, only very minor changes were incorporated leaving his clean, smooth lines intact. With a sleek, low profile, these cars looked like speeding bullets even when they were standing still. Studebaker offered a full range of models from the economy of a six to the power of a V-8, from the family friendly four-door sedan to a sporty little coupe, such as the example offered here.
Finished in a Polar White paint scheme, Loewy's theme of "Less is More" is seen with this car. From the stylized "S" hood ornament to the overall profile of its body, the composition is spot on. The interior is finished in red vinyl, and the dashboard is simple and functional, while attractively adorned with chrome trim. It appears the first owner did not want a radio as it had a blank-out plate in its place, but to maybe make that first owner feel guilty, the letters R-A-D-I-O are placed where the station selector push-buttons would have been. Under the hood is clean, tidy and correct with 85 HP, 169 6 cid L-Head in-line 6-cylinder engine with 3 speed transmission with overdrive. This "Starlight" has been treated to a nut and bolt frame off restoration. It is absolutely perfect top and bottom, inside and out. The nicest 1954 Studebaker Starlight anywhere!!