"When you think the words ""different"" and ""cool"", what comes to mind? ""Cool"" is easy for many folks, because there aren't many things cooler than traditional '50s Americana. ""Different""? Well, that's a little more difficult... Unless you pick up a classy and elegant cruiser like this incredible Studebaker Commander. Upgraded with a hot LT1 and a reliable 4L60E 4-speed, this cool coupe is a unique, world-class weekender!
CHAMPAGNE & CASHMERE
A solid South Bend dandy that has no problem charming onlookers, this pristine Studebaker is the beneficiary of a $130K ground-up restoration that wrapped in 2012. The pros behind that professional rebuild were none other than Slatersville, Rhode Island's Xtreme Restorations. All-original sheetmetal is layered in rich Cashmere Taupe 2-stage, which reflects a bright white roof. And that quality pigment highlights distinctive, retro character that reminds us just how cool vintage metal can be!
At the front of this sophisticated classic, a split, Studebaker-branded grille hangs wide-set parking lamps between clear headlights that feature polished visors, and a polished bumper that features sculpted guards. At the sides of that grille, a modernist profile centers ornate ""V8"" emblems between polished door handles and subtle quarter toppers. At the top of that profile, polished frames plant factory-tint glass between opposed wipers and fast ""Studebaker"" scripts. And at the back of the car, fashionable tail lamps stretch a second guarded bumper between polished exhaust and a Studebaker-branded trunk.
LINGENFELTER & STREET AND PERFORMANCE
When it comes to the perfect blend of power, reliability and fixability, nothing beats a stalwart GM small block. With that in mind, it seems perfectly logical that this Commander sports 383 cubic inches of proven LT power. Lift the car's whittled hood and you'll find a $13K Lingenfelter LT1 that, with the help of $8K of Street and Performance bolt-ons, twists 450 horsepower into 430 lb./ft. of tarmac-twisting torque. At the top of that blueprinted stroker, a bowtie-branded air box feeds a Lingenfelter-branded throttle body. That throttle weaves wind into electronically injected fuel, which combusts at the behest of loomed MSD plug wires. Above those wires, CNC-ported LT4 cylinder heads wrap polished covers and a polished breather around heavy-duty springs, titanium retainers, one-piece stainless valves and stainless Comp roller rockers. 10.8 to 1 compression is created by a computer-balanced rotating assembly, which is finished with a forged Lunati crank, billet Oliver connecting rods, forged JE pistons and Speed Pro plasma moly rings. A smooth hydraulic roller cam spins behind a polished serpentine drive, which twists an aluminum water pump between a polished alternator and a polished AC compressor. Exhaust is jettisoned through coated Hedman Hedders. A large electric puller fan cools a beefy aluminum radiator. And aesthetically, the compact mill seems right at home in the car's clean, Satin Black engine bay.
RESTO & MOD
Naturally, that modernized powerplant precedes a modernized, road-ready chassis. Everything starts with a sturdy, factory-spec frame that traces solid, undercoated floors. At the center of those bones, a 4L60E 4-speed makes excellent use of a 10-bolt Trans Am axle. That road-ready pumpkin drives a fully rebuilt chassis, which mixes a Trans Am rear-clip with a massaged Camaro front-half. Turns come courtesy of lucid power steering. Solid stops are achieved with the help of four AFCO discs. Aluminized exhaust funnels spent gases through Flowtech Raptor mufflers. And all that proven hardware rolls on custom steelies, which spin 215/70R15 BF Goodrich Radial T/A whitewalls around NOS hub caps.
LEATHER & AIR CONDITIONING
The car's warm and welcoming interior looks straight out of boomtown, America, complete with tight leather, tasteful fabrics and ornate telemetry. The red and taupe cockpit is centered on big bench seats that feel soft enough to take a nap on. At the front of the car, a chrome-trimmed dash centers vintage AM audio above Vintage Air climate control. The driver turns a classy steering wheel around a traditional shifter. And the passengers store essentials in a fully carpeted trunk.
If you're looking for some classic Americana that's much more exclusive than mass-market Chevys and run-of-the-mill Fords, this elegant Studebaker is a fantastic choice. Distinctive, reliable and lovingly restored, it's a lot of fun on the street OR at the show. Call, click or visit https://www.RKMotors.com for more information!
Incredible Studebaker resto-mod that's the product of a professional, $130K build
Awarded Best in Class at the 2012 ISCA World of Wheels in Boston
Awarded Outstanding Custom at the 2012 ISCA World of Wheels in Boston
383 cubic inch Lingenfelter LT4 Corvette V8 / 450 horsepower
4L60E 4-speed automatic transmission
Modern Air conditioning
AFCO 4-wheel disc brakes
Camaro front suspension / Trans Am rear suspension
Custom steel wheels / NOS hub caps
All-original sheetmetal / Cashmere Taupe paint
Build photos / Build receipts
All RK Motors vehicles receive a comprehensive, multi-point inspection
We can arrange shipment of your purchase anywhere in the world
|Exterior Color:||Cashmere Taupe|
|Transmission:||4 Speed Automatic|
RK Motors was built on a vision to share our passion for cars, make buying or selling your dream car as simple and satisfying as possible, and make the hobby more enjoyable and accessible. At the core of our operation is a dedicated group of serious car enthusiasts who strive to achieve our corporate vision. No matter where you look, you'll see this ideal reflected throughout RK Motors operations.
The “RK” in RK Motors proudly represents our founder Rob Kauffman, a lifelong enthusiast. Rob’s deep passion for cars, extensive automotive knowledge, and business insight has transformed the company into one of the most innovative collector car dealers in the United States.
RK Motors is a global destination for serious collectors and hobbyists. Our state-of-the-art 60,000 square foot East Coast showroom was named the nation’s #1 “must see” destination for gearheads and enthusiasts by HotRod Magazine. Our website draws nearly 300,000 visitors per month, making it the most viewed car dealer website on the planet. RK Motors continually offers something new and unique to consider.
In addition to being a classic car dealership, our world-class RKM Performance Center has restored some of the most legendary cars on the planet. Many of these cars have collected trophies at some of the largest shows in the country. Our ASE certified mechanics and Master Technicians are also fellow enthusiasts who ensuring your vehicle is treated with the utmost respect. From our unprecedented Seal of Approval Exit Service to complete restorations, our performance center has the passion, knowledge, and experience to fulfill your automotive needs.
The RK Motors name has appeared on all forms of media and even a few race cars. We proudly support various racing series and competitions, including NASCAR. Our Chairman, Rob Kauffman, drives a RK Motors Charlotte sponsored Ferrari F458 Italia in endurance races like the Rolex 24 and 12 Hours of Sebring. He also competes in Historic Trans Am racing and various road rallies, domestic and abroad.
If your passion for cars burns as brightly as ours, call our sales team today to schedule an appointment to visit our showroom. We hope to see you on our list of satisfied customers soon. Until then, see you on the road or at the track.
With more than 4,500 high grade, classic cars sold since 2007, RK Motors has established a clear track record with thousands of customers world-wide. On an annual basis, more than 80% of our sales are from repeat customers.
Before any car is listed for sale, on our website, our highly skilled, in-house production team spends countless hours ensuring every image and video represents each vehicle as you would see it in our showroom. With the exception of one visually explain enhanced “lead shot”, our images are true to the actual state of the car- what you see is what you get.
Speaking of our showroom, if you are ever in the Charlotte, NC area, please make it a point to schedule a visit with us and find out why Hot Rod Magazine named our showroom its Top Automotive Destination in the US for 2013.
If you're a serious collector looking to freshen your collection, we'll gladly consider high-quality trades, even if it's a car you recently bought from us. No other dealer offers the same services and flexibility as RK Motors.
Being a full-service, licensed, used car dealer, we offer finance, insurance, transportation, restoration and customization for your collector car. We handle the business end of every sale with equal confidence. All titles are clean and transfers are handled in-office for the quickest turnaround possible.
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