Gear Head Tuesday – Studebaker Sketches by “58L-8134”

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“58L-8134” is the “handle” used on the forum and at the Studebaker Drivers Club by a Studebaker and Packard fan who also has training in art and once considered becoming a car stylist. He uses the handle “58L-8134” in honor of the last Packard (or, if you prefer, “Packardbaker”) produced, a 4 door sedan built finished in Mountain Blue Metallic, on 25 July 1958. 25 July 1958 was the last full day of car production at Studebaker before the line shutdown for the changeover to start building the Lark.

58 Packard Town Sedan - rf

The last Packard-badged passenger car built was painted in Mountain Blue Metallic, VIN 58L-8134.

Going back to the 1970s, “58L-8134” (the man, not the car 😊), has sketched out several Studebaker ideas, several of which are reproduced here. Keep in mind that these are rough sketches, not finished art. His finished art is done to a high level and we will be showing some of his finished art in future posts. He is also working on another great Studebaker “What-if” for us that will be done as finished art. 

Enjoy these sketches for what they are: food for thought worthy of further development for that always fun game of Studebaker “What-ifs”!

'50 President roadster sketch '80's

'55 President prefected sketch

'55 President profile sketch '80's

Above & below: “58L-8134’s” rough sketches of the Studebaker President built as stylist Robert Bourke originally intended on the 120.5″ wheelbase C-K body shell, a concept bone-headed Studebaker management nixed – one of the bad decisions Studebaker management made in those days that led to Studebaker’s demise. Below is a sketch worked out by former Studebaker stylist Robert Marcks of how the sedan Bourke wanted Studebaker to build would have worked using the C-K shell and frame. 


'59 President sketch '80's

'53 President convertible '80's

Above: Note the nice workup of the taillights on this convertible idea. We will see this again in an upcoming post of more work from “58L-8134”, as finished art rather than sketch form. This taillight treatment is very close to the ideal espoused by Robert Bourke in his ’53-’54 Studebaker C-K coupes, another idea nixed by Studebaker management.

'62 President Daytona roadster 1990's

Here “58L-8134” presents a nifty ’62 roadster work up which could have easily been  realized. It is similar in concept to this roadster workup at Studebaker from the ’50s that was likely in response to Chevrolet’s Corvette and Ford’s original 2 passenger Thunderbird:

Studebaker sports car

Stay tuned – “58L-8134” has more in store for us in upcoming posts.


Seen on the Road
(Hat tip: “Old Petrol Head”)



Over at Bring-a-Trailer, Raffi Minasian won the “Question of the Week” when the question was “What Car Has the Most Beautiful Tail Pipes” with his response:

“No question about it.

1953 Pegaso Z-102 “Thrill”

When I would drive it, the smoke coming out of the twin pipes would spiral from the air flow coming through the flying sail panels and leave a light trail of spiraling smoke behind me.”

53 Pegaso

Raffi once owned this Pegaso (!), the only one of this style ever built. Raffi is an auto designer and teaches car styling. We first met him on this blog HERE where he shared with us how none other than Raymond Loewy encouraged him. We also posted Raffi’s greatTwin H Brothers” story. We will also learn of his involvement with another Pegaso in an upcoming post.


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  1. Too bad that ’62 Daytona Roadster wasn’t a “real” car…what a beautiful design!

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  2. One quite difficult issue to overcome, at least in my opinion, on the redesigns of the ’50s Studebakers (and ’57/’58 Packard’s) would be the narrow width of the cars. The ’53 thru ’58 sedans were signicantly narrower than the big three cars which threw off the proportions especially from the front and rear views.

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    • You are exactly right about the width of the Studebaker cars of that era. The interior volume was spot-on competitive yet the overall width was narrower. This was because the doors were thinner as a result of Loewy’s “weight is the enemy” mantra.


  3. Kimberly Margosein 03/09/2019 — 09:12

    By far the best of the lot was the ’52 roadster. This would have been perfect for a small run 100th anniversary edition. Do away with the special doors for easier production.

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  4. Studebaker C-K otherwise known as Hawk, Starliner etc was an inch shy of six feet wide,
    virtually the width of all Corvettes, first T-bird or subsequent Ponycars. Nimble and well
    suited to a tread with of 57 inches, the latter coincidentally identical to track width of the
    Studebaker chassis and unladen height of the coupes. Who could have asked for anything

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