Saturday, March 24, 2012

Truck Of The Day: March 24, 2012

Today's car of the day is M2 Machines' 1954 Studebaker 3R.

The 2R Series was the most produced Studebaker truck. This all new post-war design was created by Robert Bourke, Raymond Loewy's styling chief. During it's four year run, the 2R styling stayed basically the same with few minor changes. The hood ornament came from the Studebaker Champion car. This cab style is known as the C cab and was manufactured until 1964 for the heavy duty trucks and until 1959 for the light duty trucks. Many of these trucks have survived through the years and are commonly seen at Studebaker shows.

For more information and pictures of the real car please visit: Studebaker 3R

I love project cars and trucks, so this series from M2 was snapped up as quickly as humanly possible.  Unfortunately, judging from as many as I've seen on the pegs, this series may not have sold quite to Castline's expectations.

Several changes to the 2R / C cab evolved Studebaker's trucks into the 3R Series for 1954. The most noticeable changes are the grille and windshield. Two horizontal rows of openings are in the front grille and the windshield became curved and one-piece. A V-8 engine was offered and the outside mirror is square instead of round.

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