1948 Studebaker Champion


Front Left Side Maroon 1948 Studebaker Champion Car Picture

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The 1948 Studebaker Champion was the second year of production for this model. It had proven highly successful in 1947 and 1948 would prove it to be no fluke. Studebaker built 99,282 units and sales records were made that brought in record profits.

Two engines were available, the 169.6 cubic inch six-cylinder which gave 80 horsepower and a new 245.6 cubic inch six-cylinder giving 100 HP. The car used a 112 inch wheelbase. The Deluxe Business version sold for $1535 and the four-door Deluxe Regal sedan could be purchased for $1709.

In 1948, Paul Hoffman resigned from Studebaker to take an important appointment from President Harry Truman. This left Harold Vance to assume a dual role of President of Studebaker Corporation as well as its Chairman. By luck or by design, in 1948 the company increased its sales by 43% making impressive sale records. Studebaker as well as many other car builders felt the following year would be just as successful for the automotive industry as a whole.




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