1952 Studebaker Specs & Registry page
A 1952 Studebaker car will be one of two models, depending on the engine:
Under the hood of a 1952 Studebaker will be a metal body tag, like the one pictured here.
C = Starlight coupe
S = Convertible
F = 2 door sedan
W = 4 door sedan
Y = Land Cruiser
The digit “2” refers to the trim level. In 1952 Champion trim levels were either Custom, DeLuxe, or Regal. All Champion hardtops were Regal Trim. Commander levels were either Regal or State. All hardtops were State level trim, although again the digit used was a 2.
All body shells of a particular type of car were also numbered, this is shown by the lower number on the tag.
Commander hardtop production (3H-K2) : 14,548 Weight – 3,220 lbs. Factory price, summer 1952 - $2,488.00
Champion hardtop production (12G-K2) : 12,119 Weight – 2,860 lbs. Factory price, summer 1952 - $2,220.00
Identifying a Commander or Champion:
Besides the engine and hood emblems, there are other differences between the Commander and Champion models.
However, unlike earlier year Studebakers, no difference exists in the wheelbase. The exterior and interior dimensions of the
cars are the same.
The dashboards are quite different:
At the rear of the car, a Commander will have a V8 emblem and a Commander script. A Champion will have neither.
2 different commander scripts were actually used, the block letters being the earlier style. Below are examples.
(items like fender spears, reverse lights, and bumper guards are optional equipment.)
Some 52 Starliners were painted a single color. But it is most common to see them two-toned.
Here are the combinations available that year.
Studebaker Centennial Celebration
During the 1952 Centennial celebration, A Commander hardtop was selected as the last car to come off the line in the first
Studebaker 100 years. Click here for more on this special car.
1952 Indianapolis 500
Studebaker paced the Indianapolis 500 for 1952. The actual pace car was a Commander convertible, but several cars
were taken to the speedway for support purposes, including six Commander hardtops and
one Champion hardtop. Click here for more on these cars.
1952 Studebaker Starliner registry
Any 1952 hardtop runner, project, or non-runner is welcome here. Please contact me with additions, changes, or removals.
Serial numbers will be tracked but not posted. Any known history, options, or stories are welcome.
Found, and awaiting Photo...
16. Commander - Body xxxx - James Dellies, Michigan
17. Champion - Body xxxx - James Dellies, Michigan
18. Champion - Body 260 - Charlie Case, Nevada
I am hunting for 1952 Studebaker hardtops! Please help me locate new cars to add to the registry, or find info on those shown below.