Radical Roofline: 1948 Studebaker Starlight Coupe

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GuysWithRides.com is pleased to offer Lot 260, a restored, driver-quality 1948 Studebaker Starlight Coupe, in an online reserve-price auction on behalf of the current caretaker.

Bidding opened Wednesday, September 13, 2023, and closes at 3:00 PM EDT on Wednesday, September 27, 2023.

This 1948 Studebaker Starlight Coupe currently resides in a collection based in Clarksville, Tennessee.


The Deets

Year 1948
Make Studebaker
Model Starlight Coupe
Location Clarksville, TN
Mileage 103,000
VIN 353173
Exterior Color Red
Interior Color Light Tan Cloth
Engine 80hp 170 cu in L-Head Inline 6
Transmission 3-Speed Manual
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel Gas

High Bid: $2,100 (Reserve Not Met)

Buy Now For $12,000 or Make an Offer

Radical Roofline: 1948 Studebaker Starlight Coupe

The 1948 Studebaker Starlight Coupe is a classic American automobile known for its distinctive and futuristic design that set it apart from other cars of its era. As part of Studebaker’s post-World War II lineup, the Starlight Coupe was introduced in 1947 and continued through the 1952 model year. It gained widespread recognition for its sleek, aerodynamic appearance and unique rear window configuration.

One of the most notable features of the 1948 Studebaker Starlight Coupe was its innovative design, which was ahead of its time. The car’s exterior was characterized by its low-slung stance, gently sloping roofline, and integrated fenders. The standout feature, however, was its wraparound rear window, which extended into the sides of the car and provided enhanced visibility for both the driver and passengers. This design element not only contributed to the car’s distinctive appearance but also improved rear visibility, a significant safety feature.

The Starlight Coupe featured a unit-body construction, where the body and frame were integrated into a single structure. This construction method helped reduce weight and improve rigidity, contributing to better handling and overall performance. The car’s body panels were smoothly contoured, with a focus on aerodynamics and a streamlined appearance.

The interior of the 1948 Studebaker Starlight Coupe was designed for comfort and style. The cabin featured a bench seat upholstered in high-quality materials, offering comfortable seating for both the driver and passengers. The dashboard showcased a simple yet elegant design with easy-to-read gauges and controls. The wraparound rear window design also extended to the rear passenger area, providing an airy and spacious feeling inside the car.

The 1948 Starlight Coupe was available with a range of engine options, including inline-six and V8 engines. These engines provided decent power for the era, contributing to a smooth and enjoyable driving experience. While not necessarily a high-performance car, the Starlight Coupe was well-suited for cruising and comfortable road trips.

The 1948 Studebaker Starlight Coupe’s distinctive design made it a memorable and iconic vehicle of its time. Its futuristic appearance set it apart from the more conservative designs of many other cars from the late 1940s. The wraparound rear window design was a hallmark feature that influenced future car designs, particularly in terms of visibility and styling.

Today, the 1948 Studebaker Starlight Coupe is highly sought after by collectors and automotive enthusiasts due to its unique design and historical significance. It remains an example of American automotive design innovation and a symbol of the post-war era’s aspirations for the future.

We will provide a complete description and a complete set of pictures before the start of the car’s auction. For now, here is a brief overview provided by the seller:

“Always Kentucky owned and now in Tennessee. The previous owner had the paint & interior done ten years ago. It is a driver-quality paint job with no runs or orange peel. As a collector, I may be a bit more picky. The car has been in storage for the last few years, so the spark plugs, coil, condenser, and more have been replaced. The car retains its original 6-volt system and six-cylinder engine with a three-speed overdrive manual transmission. Mechanically good. Good brakes & tires. Both windows need help going up and down. There is pitting chrome on the headlight bezels and rear tail light bezels. If you’re looking for a classic that won’t put a big dent in your wallet and enjoy the hobby, this may fit your needs. I use her for cruise-ins, and sometimes car shows to meet fellow enthusiasts. Use as-is or take to the next level.”

To help you make informed bids, we’re providing a link to Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the Classic Car market, that summarizes other recently sold Studebaker Champions of all body styles and trim levels produced between 1947 and 1952:

If you have any questions about this 1948 Studebaker Starlight Coupe for sale, please leave a comment below or feel free to call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497.  Thank you for looking and happy bidding!


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