1953 Studebaker Starliner: Let's take a look

3 years 7 months ago - 3 years 7 months ago #589 by JP
JP created the topic: 1953 Studebaker Starliner: Let's take a look
Commander of the Continental Look

The 1953 Studebaker Starliner, as seen from the viewpoint of styling, represents the best of the era. With its low, lean and refreshingly clean lines the design exudes discipline – which was a rare virtue in the 1950s.

The 1953 Studebakerr was powered by a new V-8. In its basic layout it resembled the design introduced by Cadillac and Oldsmobile in 1949. But the Studebaker unit, with its 232 ci, was small and lighter, by thirteen pounds. It produced 120 hp and a top speed of 95 mph.

Unfortunately, the pure shape of the Starliner was soon compromised. First weighted down by a more elaborate grille as well as a chrome spear down the side, a final addition of fins constituted the ultimate humiliation of this 1950s classic.

1953 Studebaker, Starliner

These photographs illustrate the clean, flowing line of the 1953 Studebaker Starliner. The simplicity is unmarred by chrome and other distracting embellishments. Notice that the monotony of the side panel, which the lack of decorations could otherwise have caused is delicately broken by that smoothly sweeping curve pressed directly into the steel. The windows have been rolled down, illustrating the appearance the stylist originally intended. (His first effort specified that the door end farther back, thus eliminating the need for a quarter window.)

The original specifications called for an unusual (for the time) amount of consideration for safety. They called for both a padded dash and a padded steering wheel. Unfortunately, in the end, cost considerations ruled out these features. Another original idea that also fell victim to the accountant's axe was a separate bucket seat for the driver, supplemented by a bench for the two front passengers. Instead, as can be seen, a full bench became the substitute.

Although the use of a wide-angle lens which can distort a photo, this car looked exciting, pleasing and harmonious with the character traits of a true masterpiece. The most unique feature on the Starliner was the reverse angle of the fenders. This could be attributed to aircraft designs. The taillight bezels and the rear bumper were separate on the finished product but was on paper on the designer's bench, one smooth unit in clay.

Are you as bored as I am about this car? But let's peek at how some creative minds made it far more interesting to look at:

It's good to see someone's reading this! Thanks, JP
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