1950 Studebaker Champion

These are photos of my 1950 Studebaker Champion. My car was made in the Los Angeles Plant of the Studebaker Company. As far as I know it has spent all of its life in California. It was a desert car and therefore has little rust. The only thing bad about desert storage is electrical wiring becoming very brittle. Therefore the first order of business was to rewire the car least we have a fire. When I got the car the brakes didn't work. It ran just fine but didn't stop. It is a little shocking to step on the brake pedal and have it go effortlessly straight to the floor. Now that the wiring is fixed I can work on the brakes.
Studebaker made 270, 604 Champions in 1950 which was their best year ever. The engine is an in line L head displacing 169.6 cubic inches and producing 85 horsepower. The bore and stroke is 3.00 X 4.00 inches. It has a 1 barrel carburetor. The engine is coupled to a 3 speed standard shift on the column and is equipped with electrically actuated overdrive. My car is the bottom of the line. It has the least trim and didn't even have a radio or heater. Studebaker cars, including mine, have "hill holder" which is an ingenuous contraption on the master brake cylinder which when the car is on a hill holds the brake on until the clutch is let out thus keeping the car from rolling back from a start.
Studebaker was the oldest car company. It was founded in 1852 by the Studebaker brothers Henry and Clem who made covered wagons in South Bend, Indiana. Actually there were five brothers and at one time or another all were involved with the company. In 1902 Studebaker began making automobiles. The early Studebakers were electric cars and then they began to use gasoline engines. They made both cars and trucks during their long history. The company died in 1966 when production declined to 8,947 units.