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John emailed the following photograph over, having spotted the mystery cars page via an online search. He was hoping that the car shown below could be identified, this handsome two-seat touring car belonged to the Uncle of John's Great-Great Aunt. It was quite probably photographed in New Zealand - the owner was born in Christchurch in 1883.
Stuchamp, a forum long-termer with an interest in classic and vintage Studebakers, identified it as a Studebaker Roadster, possibly the "Six" (for six-cylinder) version. Further input via the VSCC members' forum suggests that, due to the length of the Studebaker's bonnet, it is likely to be the Studebaker Four (four-cylinder), or SF4 Roadster. Both models utilised the same bodytub, only the length of the front-end panelwork, and the chassis beneath, differ depending on the engine fitted. Apparently this style of coachwork was current from 1915 through to 1918. This example is a two-seater Roadster, a four-seat version was also offered.
(Please click the thumbnail to view full-size Studebaker images.)
1915 - 1918 Studebaker car
Other early examples of Stude to feature on the site include a side-on shot of a c1928 Dictator Sport Roadster, and an owner's view of buying and running a restored 1923 Special Six Tourer.

2. Studebaker Commander Six.

Photograph number two features what the chap shown behind the wheel of the car described as a Studebaker Commander Six, my thanks to Leo for kindly sending the image over. The owner was a friend of Leo's father, known as "Uncle Eduard". His car - photographed in the Dutch town of Zeist - bares a striking similarity to the four-cylinder version shown above, one that he remembered as being a strong and lively performer. The body tub on this car is slightly deeper than that shown in photograph number one, plus it has carriage-type doorhandles, whereas the first car has none.
Studebaker Commander
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