“I’m wheels, I am moving wheels, I’m a 1952 Studebaker coupe. I’m wheels, I am moving wheels, moving wheels. I’m a 1952 Starlight coupe.”
Wait a sec, this isn’t a 1952 Studebaker coupe, it’s a 1955. And it’s not a Starlight Coupe (technically), it’s a Champion. Okay fair enough, but I don’t know of too many songs that have a reference to Studebaker coupes. In fact the only one that I can recall is this one from prog rock/jazz fusion band King Crimson, called “Neal and Jack and Me”, and the quote above is the opening line.
Chances are if you are not a musician, you’ve never heard of King Crimson or of this bizarre song. So HERE is a live version, and if you can get beyond the first 26 seconds of the guitar intro, you’ll hear that line right away. It’s probably the only song you will ever hear with a line that goes, “Strained spaghetti, in the silent city…” That’s King Crimson for you, an inventive if not tonal bunch.
Just in case you are interested, the stringed instrument played by the bald guy (Tony Levin) that has no body is called a Chapman Stick. Yes I used to have one, they’re interesting but don’t expect groupies if you decide to play one for the love and adoration of the fairer sex.
Anyway, as I mentioned, this is a 1955 Studebaker Champion Coupe. In fact it IS a Champion Starlight coupe but in 1955 they dropped the Starlight name and just went with Champion. The central pillar behind the doors’ windows are the tell.
This particular vehicle is in what appears to be fantastic shape. The seller states that the car has 71,000 original miles on it. Apparently this car started life as black and tan. No silly, not the Guinness/Harp happy hour drink special. The exterior is now white and the interior has been redone in burgundy. It lived among the merry lanes of Walnut Grove, CA for it’s entire life until 2012 at which time it was restomodded into the vehicle that stands before you.
The original motor has been replaced with a small-block chevrolet 350 with 300 HP, and Edelbrock Direct Fuel Injection system installed along with new fuel tank. Hydraulic clutch and a GM T5 5-speed with short throw Hurst shifter connects the power plant to the wheels. Also installed approximately a year ago was a Vintage AC system which you can see in the photos. The seller also states that the front end has been completely rebuilt, and the whole project was competed about a year ago.
To me, the restomod has been tastefully done which brings this cruiser right up to date. This extremely clean Studebaker Coupe has an asking price of $28,000 and also has a clean title. So don’t get any of your strained spaghetti sauce on it.
You can contact the seller HERE on craigslist for more info.