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Automotive Biographers Chronicle the Life of a 1951 Studebaker

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On: Fri, Dec 5, 2014 at 4:10PM | By: Gary P Garry

Automotive Biographers Chronicle the Life of a 1951 Studebaker

It's interesting to think about the path that a car may take after it has been produced. The new car is going to leave the factory and wind up at a dealership. It may sit there for a while, and various different people will get behind the wheel to take it for a test drive.

Eventually, someone is going to take the car home, and it will begin its life as a trusted workhorse.

If all goes well and there are no accidents that send the car to the junkyard, it will be sold at some point in time, and a new owner will add to its history. The first owner will never know what became of the car, and this can go on and on as the car is sold time and again until that fateful day when it can no longer do its job.

Do you think that I come up with deep thoughts like these on my own? I'm just a simple guy who writes stuff about cars. However, I do poke around the Internet because I like to read about cars, and people who are deeper than me sometimes give me ideas.

I came across something recently that is worth sharing, and this is where all of the philosophical meanderings are coming from. It all starts with a 1951 Studebaker Starlight Coupe.

Back in the day, Studebaker was an important automaker out of South Bend, Indiana. They introduced the Starlight coupe for the 1947 model year, and it remained in the lineup through 1952.

Fast forwarding to the present, Charlie and Hellen Attaway decided that they wanted to buy and restore a classic car, and they wound up buying a 1951 Studebaker Starlight. While they were deconstructing the vehicle during the restoration process, they found a slip of paper with the name Winfred Brown written on it.

After doing some research, they tracked down Mr. Brown in Selma, Alabama. He is 89 years old now, and he owned the car back in the 1950s.

When the restoration was done, the Attaways drove the car from their home in Georgia to Alabama so that Mr. Brown could reunite with the vehicle. He said that the experience brought back fantastic memories, and the sight of the car actually made him feel younger.

Here's a quote from Brown that is published on the Selma Times Journal website:
“This was the prettiest one that they made. It’s so unusual looking. And the inside of it is absolutely perfect.”

It turns out that Brown was not the original owner of the car, and Mr. and Mrs. Attaway are trying to find the person who purchased it out of the showroom.

Some say that it's a cold, dog-eat-dog world, but when you hear stories like this one, you see the other side of the coin.

12-5 arm


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