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My Classic Car: Jonathan’s 1951 Studebaker


Childhood memories led to buying this car | Jonathan Cox photo
Childhood memories led to buying this car | Jonathan Cox photo

I was 9 years old in 1951. My aunt and uncle owned a new ’51 Studebaker and they reluctantly let me drive it on the farm. I promptly drove it into the creek and it had to be pulled out with the tractor.

It was 8 years later before my folks let me drive again.

A while ago, I saw this ’51 Studebaker Champion Deluxe Starlight coupe and it brought back all those memories.

I bought the car on the spot.

— Jonathan Cox, Ocean Park WA

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  1. My Dad had always said that his Studebaker 1951, like this only April Green, would be mine if anything happened to him. He died from WW II wounds 1959 just before my 16th birthday. My mother decided to give the car to my sister’s boyfriend who immediately turned it into a drag car running it on Cape Cod. I just couldn’t forgive my mother for that among other things she kept from me.

  2. Hi there, I was 9 or 10 years old the first time I saw a Starlight bomber coupe. I was already a ‘car guy’ so I knew what a Studebaker was – but the Starlight stopped me in my tracks. It was in the yard of my city’s main fire station back in the days when the firemen lived on the premises in a row of apartments each with its own fire pole from the upstairs. The car belonged to one of the firemen. Of course in the mid-60’s it was only an old car – but it was pretty special to me.
    I never owned one but if I owned all the cars I like, I’d need Jay Leno’s budget and his garage.

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