Engineers stroked the 259-cid V-8 to 289 cid and 210 hp. Dwight Eisenhower was the US president, and in Australia we were under the thrall of a Liberal government headed by party founder Robert G Menzies. Sleek, sporty, and low slung, the Studebaker Commander is the visual antithesis of so many US cars of the era. We will get back to you soon. Buy and sell new and used construction equipment and machinery at Australia's No. Among the forward-thinking US designers at the time was Studebaker stylist Raymond Loewy who, along with stylist Virgil Exner, was a driving force behind the second-tier US car-maker’s determination in the late 1940s to be the first to present the public with truly post-war designs. Witness the 1953 Studebaker Commander sedan and coupe – a lithe, beautifully resolved evolution of the first post-war Commander series – which demonstrated that excess was not a word in the corporate lexicon. Note: Studebaker was a presence in Australia from before the early days of the motorcar when it was a manufacturer of horse-driven carriages in the mid-1880s. Australia's No.1 place to buy, sell or research a boat, and read all the latest news and reviews. This 1955 Studebaker Commander is different by design. Until the appearance of the 8-cylinder President in January 1928, all Studebaker cars of the 1920s were sixes. 1955 Studebaker Commander technical specifications and data. Policies underwritten by Essentia Insurance Company. There were three basic models — the Light, the Special and the Big Six, developing 40 bhp (30 kW; 41 PS), 50 bhp (37 kW; 51 PS), and 60 bhp (45 kW; 61 PS) respectively at 2000 rpm. The 1928 GB Comman… 1955 Studebaker Regal Commander Original drive train with 224 cu in v8 automatic. Living in Pasadena the choice was air conditioning first. 1955 Studebaker Commander . This '55 represents the opportunity to break free of the fetters of conformity. The baby boom was on, industry was shifting into top gear and most people were focussed on getting together a peaceful life. Their inbuilt durability and toughness gained them great renown under worldwide conditions. This was something at odds with the company’s declining fortunes as it struggled in the wake of the powerful Big Three – General Motors, Ford and Chrysler – but its products were nevertheless among the most striking cars of the era. 33,000 original miles. From The Classifieds: 1955 Studebaker Commander The 1950s may be romanticised in many ways today, but it was a time of reformation and recovery for a world that was in repair mode after the devastation of the 1939-1945 war. Sleek, sporty, and low slung, the Studebaker Commander is the visual antithesis of so many US cars of the era. 1955 Studebaker Commander Eight This Commander was originally bought in Pasadena CA and the owner opted for air conditioning rather than power steering. For the lower slung cars, a new sub-series, the Commander Power Hawk and upscale President Sky Hawk were introduced on pillared coupe and hardtop coupe styling respectively. From The Classifieds: 1955 Studebaker Commander The 1950s may be romanticised in many ways today, but it was a time of reformation and recovery for a world that was in repair mode after the devastation of the 1939-1945 war. If you were already looking for a Studebaker Commander, look no further, we have what you're after. Owning an uncommon car makes a bold personal statement, yet millions of people drive the same kind of car. 6 volt electrical system. The transmission was rebuilt at a shop by the previous owner. 1955 Commander listed currently on carsales.com.au. Uncovering the mysteries of South Bend's production methods By David Traver Adolphus from December 2009 issue of Hemmings Motor News. As a result, Studebaker switched to sturdier Ford-O-Matic … Be courageous, go against the grain! 1955 Studebaker Regal Commander Original drive train with 224 cu in v8 automatic. US cars in the thirties increasingly focused on aerodynamics, but after the war, the infatuation shifted to power. 1955 Studebaker Commander Regal Series 16G8 Hardtop Convertible 1955 Studebaker Commander Regal Series 16G8 Sedan 1955 Studebaker Commander Regal Series 16G8 Station Wagon 1955 Studebaker President Series 6H Sedan 1955 Studebaker State Series 6H Coupe 1955 Studebaker State Series 6H Hardtop Convertible 1955 Studebaker State Series 6H Sedan 1956 Studebaker Champion … 1955 Studebaker Regal Commander Original drive train with 224 cu in v8 automatic. The Commander series that followed was described by Studebaker as 'European' in flavor, with its most distinguishing feature its 'clam digger' front end treatment. Some car insurance companies operate only regionally or locally. The doors require wind lacing and the carpets no longer exist.”. Despite a number … The Studebaker is being advertised for $25,000, complete with a roadworthy certificate and is a wonderful reminder of what are seen now as more innocent times. If you're not a Studebaker owner, you probably still think they're interesting for their unique styling and performance.