Studebaker 1/2 Ton Pickup
Studebaker’s postwar truck designs were not overlooked during wartime, with full-scale clay mockups completed in 1945, well in advance of their 1948 introduction for the 1949 model year. With their smooth and fresh styling, the new Studebaker trucks were the first vehicles of their kind with a double-walled cargo bed. They also broke from Studebaker’s former practice of using many passenger-car components for its light trucks, borrowing only hubcaps from the Commander and headlight rims from the Champion.
The new Studebaker trucks weighed 400 pounds less and carried payloads of some 600 pounds more than the competition. Their lightweight, 169.6-cubic inch “flathead” six-cylinder engine produced the most horsepower per cubic inch of any American light-truck engine of the period. Known as the “Champion” but also called the “Econ-O-Miser,” this engine yielded industry-leading fuel economy of 22 mpg, which improved with optional overdrive, yet another unique Studebaker feature.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2011 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida and in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
85 bhp, 169.6 cu. in. L-head “Champion” inline six-cylinder engine, single-barrel carburetor, three-speed manual transmission with centrifugal overdrive, I-beam front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 112"