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Studebaker President Speedster - 1955
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Studebaker President Speedster - 1955

For 1955. Studebaker stepped out of its class to offer a sporty two-door hardtop called the speedster. Loaded with features that were ordinarily studebaker options, the speedster was a pricey $3,253, almost $800 more than any other of the automakers models. Only 2,215 were produced.

Specifications performance
Top speed of 110 mph engine typedrivetrain: Overhead-valve, v8 displacement 259.2 cu. In (4.2 l) power rating 185 hp transmission 3-speed manual or 3-speed automatic chassis: Independent front coil-spring suspension, rear leaf-spring suspension; Drum brakes; 3,301 lbs. price: $3,253

About vehicle
Power brakes and steering the speedster belonged to studebakers newly revived top-line president series. Its v8, 185hp engine came with dual exhausts and a choice of manual transmission with overdrive or automatic at no extra cost. Power brakes and steering were also standard. The sporty white-on-black gauges set into the metallic dashboard included a tachometer to monitor rpm. Motor life magazine declared that the speedster acted more like a sports car than any other hardtop. sporty looks the speedsters front end had heavy chrome treatment, including bumper guards that bore foglamps. Two different speedster body colors, including odd choices such as lemon and lime or pink and gray, were divided by butter-knife side chrome trim. The speedsters interior sported color-keyed diamond-quilted leather-and-vinyl upholstery and white sidewall tires enclosed simulated wire wheel covers
The speedster was a fast and sporty two-door hardtop with a price tag too sleep for the studebaker line. It expired after only one season.

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