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1657-DFW (R)

1966 Studebaker Commander


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1657-DFW (R)
Engine Size
383 V8
5 Speed Manual
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Well this is a cool little number that will boggle everyone's minds and stomp them flat on the street. Take one low-key 1966 Studebaker Commander 2-door sedan, add 383 cubic inches of blown Chevy stroker motor, a 5-speed, and a suspension to hook it up, then dress it up in show-quality paint. If you want attention, this nasty Stude delivers in a big way.

The color is Pewter Gray from the GMC truck color pallet but it sure works well on the angular Studebaker. Small cars were pretty popular in the '60s, and the Commander looks awesome now that's been given a steroid injection. There are still signs of Raymond Loewy's vision in the dramatically sculpted fenders and the modern paint seems to make them even more prominent as the light plays across the surface. Someone spent a ton of cash on the bodywork, getting everything very straight and giving the paint a fantastic shine, and as a former economy car, the gaps are probably better than new. The front bumper was molded into the body and the simple, clean front end will have onlookers puzzling over its identity at shows. The big engine hanging out of the hood isn't much for keeping a low profile, but the car practically demands attention everywhere it goes, such is the quality of the work. Someone has thoughtfully added "1966 STUDEBAKER" decal on the windshield, which will surely cut down on questions at the shows and there's a cool Hurst badge on the tail that's a cool period addition.

The interior is not as hardcore as the bodywork would have you believe, offering beautiful modern buckets with 5-point harnesses, plush carpets, and full interior trim. The wood-rimmed steering wheel warms things up a bit and a few flashes of red on the pedals and center console are a nice contrast to the otherwise monochromatic interior. The original instrument panel has been augmented with a big Auto Meter tach in the center and some auxiliary gauges under the dash, and the steering column is now a tilt unit that makes it easy to get comfortable. This cruiser also includes a neat under-dash A/C unit that blows nice and cold as well as a Sony AM/FM/CD stereo head unit that sounds great thanks to lots of sound-deadening materials inside the body. The trunk is still useful, although the mini tubs, fuel cell, and battery take up some of the space, but you can see how beautifully finished it all is.

That big 383 is based on a 4-bolt main block stuffed with an Eagle rotating assembly with H-beam rods. Special blower pistons and a roller cam were selected to work with the BDS 8-71 supercharger and two Holley double-pumpers. RHS cylinder heads handle the force-fed mixture and an MSD ignition system lights it up. It's a tight fit in the Stude's little engine bay, but workmanship is outstanding, with custom side panels and a smooth firewall and lots of attention to detail. There's a big aluminum radiator up front that keeps it cool even with the A/C running and you're really going to dig how the headers snake out through the sheetmetal inner fenders. A Tremec TKO600 5-speed manual transmission sends all that supercharged horsepower back to a custom 9-inch Ford with 3.70 gears inside, so it's quick but easy-going on the highway. The chassis has been extensively modified and upgraded with rack-and-pinion steering, ladder bars, and 4-wheel disc brakes, plus a custom Flowmaster exhaust system that sounds wicked. Traditional Torque Thrust wheels are probably a low-key choice and they look awesome wrapped in big-n-little 205/75/15 radials up front and 29.5x12.5-15 Hoosier meats in back.

Beautifully built, insanely fast, and rare enough to attract attention without being obnoxious, this cool Studebaker couldn't be duplicated for twice the asking price. Call today!

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  • Defrost
  • AM/FM Radio
  • CD Player
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heat
  • Tilt Wheel
  • Coil-Over Suspension
  • Four Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Seatbelts (Front)
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Interior Color
Transmission Spec
Tremec TKO600
Rear End
Ford 9" 3.70
Front Suspension
Coil Spring
Rear Suspension
Front Brakes
Rear Brakes
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