Studebaker V-8 '51


(Their first V8 and first model with single-sheet windshield.) This was a fairly nice car, though the front seat backs were excruciatingly uncomfortable after a while, the automatic choke was useless and had to be redesigned, and the camshafts wore down in a hurry and had to be replaced on recall. Some of you will remember this as the car that carded you around Europe and experienced problems in Germany with the fuel pump and the voltage regulator. Its distinctive appearance included the propeller-type boss on the grille. Driving up to a filling station in Wales at one point the attendant said: "I thought you were an aeroplane driving up here." (They tend to use the term aeroplane more than airplane in England, and used to spell it with a dieresis: "aŽroplane"). (They also used to spell dieresis with a diphthong: diśresis. My spelling checker doesn't like either of those.)

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