1952 Studebaker Champion Custom 2-Dr - £12,995

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This is a 1952 Studebaker Champion Custom 2-Dr Sedan, finshed in pastel green with a beige interior.  One of only 4,310 ever made; she's in beautiful condition with 61,000 miles on the clock. 

The Studebaker Automobile Company demonstrated its futuristic designs, reliability, and innovation throughout its existence, and in 1952 they planned to celebrate their 100th anniversary by building an all-new vehicle, but due to growing tensions and conflicts of the Korean War, they continued to employ the same designs as the 1947 year.

1952 Studebaker models included the entry-level Champion and the top-of-the-line Commander. Trim levels within the Champion included the Custom and Deluxe with both offered as a two- and four-door sedan, and a Starlight Coupe. The top trim level was the Regal, which came with the body styles found on the lower two trims, plus a two-door Starliner hardtop and a convertible.

The Champion was powered by a 169.6 cubic-inch L-head engine with a cast-iron block, solid valve lifters, four main bearings, a Carter one-barrel carburetor, a 7.0:1 compression ratio, and delivered 85 horsepower at 4,000 RPM. The Commander came equipped with a 232.6 cubic-inch engine with 120 horsepower. All models came standard with a three-speed manual transmission with column-mounted gearshift controls. An overdrive transmission, an automatic drive, and a 7.5:1 compression ratio were available on both models.Styling updates on the Champion for 1952 were minimal. The upper portion of each taillight was hooded, an oblong emblem was added above the grille molding, and the grille molding now formed a 'V' in the center of the grille. The prior 'bullet-nose' design was replaced by a more conventional horizontal grille, and the business coupe of the previous year was no longer on the list of available body styles. Hardtops could be purchased with two-tone finishes.

This rare car in great condition was registered in the UK in 2019. It comes with the original user manual as well as some interesting history, and presents beautifully both inside and out.