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1947 Studebaker Commander.One of several photos I have featuring old American cars, probably taken in Singapore.
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Jim in Australia, who is a dab hand at identifying old number plates, thinks that this was probably taken in Singapore ...
"This plate is almost certainly SINGAPORE. Prior to 1963 it would have had an S prefix. It would have been part of the Strait Settlements and Malaysia till 1963 when it became independent of Britain and Malaysia.
From 1963 they had white/black; British style plates; "S" 000 to "S" 0000 serial formats followed by "SA" to "SF", "SK" to "SY", "SBA" to "SBZ", "E", and "EA" to "EZ" prefixes.
Sri Lanka did use an S prefix, but only to 1928. From then they used X, then Z (1936) then CE from 1940, and then a bunch of different combinations of C,Y,E,L,N always in 2 letter format. Again I hope this helps."
More photographs of classic Studebakers feature elsewhere on oldclassiccar.co.uk, taken at an enthusiasts gathering in the US a few years back - click here to view these Stude photos.
The Studebaker brothers first produced their own car back in 1902, an electric vehicle, with internal combustion-engined cars joining their range a couple of years later. The Commander shown here was an early-postwar model, introduced while Raymond Loewy was heading up the design team.
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