Studebaker Starlight Custom Coupe

Hal Bankhead of Tustin, California wanted a 1990's style hot rod that he could cruise on the street and race on the drag strip. The result was this Studebaker, which combines the modern engineering and traditional design for the ideal blend of performance and nostalgia.

Car bulder Paul Newman of Scotts Valley, California (no relation to the actor) formed a new full tube frame chassis for the car then fitted it with a Heidt's Mustang II front suspension kit, Alston Pro-link suspension, and adjustable shock absorbers.

Legendary tuner John Lingenfelter built the 540-cubic inch big block Chevrolet engine with an H&K tuned port injection system and mated it to a 400 Turbo 400 transmission.

Although it runs on unleaded gas for street driving, the full Pro-Street roll cage and large Mickey Thompson tires mounted on the Centerline wheels make it ready for racing.

Source: Peterson Automotive Museum

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