Studebaker Transtar Deluxe Pickup
Chevrolet introduced new post-war “Advance Design” trucks for 1947, and Dodge and Ford both had their all-new ‘48s ready the next year. None of them, however, held a candle to the style rolled out by Studebaker in mid-1948. Designed in the Raymond Loewy studios, the new 2R series featured faired-in fenders and a double-wall pickup box and was dispensed with running boards entirely.
Subsequent updates included a new grille for the 1954 3R series, at which time Studebaker’s excellent V-8 was made available in trucks. The 1957 3E Transtar brought a new Deluxe cab and optional automatic transmission on V-8 models. A four-speed manual floor shift was also available.
The Loewy-designed cab was discontinued in 1960, in favor of sheet metal taken from the Lark passenger cars. Production hovered below 10,000 units per year through December 1963, at which time the closure of the South Bend, Indiana plant ended Studebaker truck manufacture forever.
195 bhp, 259.2 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine, four-speed manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 112 in.
Part of the RM Auctions event for John Staluppi in December, 2012.
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Teddy Pieper