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Can You Guess The Three Cars The Autopian Has Tried To Buy This Week?

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Papa Bruyant
Papa Bruyant
9 months ago

#3….CitiCar?

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
9 months ago

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Last edited 9 months ago by David Tracy
LTDScott
LTDScott
9 months ago

Clearly it’s a Dodge based on the bed…

Last edited 9 months ago by LTDScott
Shop-Teacher
Shop-Teacher
9 months ago
Reply to  LTDScott

You’re close. That is a Dodge bed, but the truck is a Studebaker Champ. Weirdly Studebaker used old Dodge beds to try and make their trucks look more modern, when they were in their last gasps of existence. They don’t fit the cab AT ALL, but that’s how they left the factory.

LTDScott
LTDScott
9 months ago
Reply to  Shop-Teacher

I’m well aware. The ellipsis at the end of my comment denotes sarcasm.

Shop-Teacher
Shop-Teacher
9 months ago
Reply to  LTDScott

D’oh! I missed that!

Bizness Comma Nunya
Bizness Comma Nunya
9 months ago

Gotta be a Studebaker pickup OR it’s one of the final years you could get a Mercury branded F-series pickup for the Canadian market.

I think a very interesting story piece could be how studebaker went in a different V8 design direction compared to the big 3 and how they somehow cobbled together their own (not licensed from BW, etc..) in-house automatic transmission with a much smaller budget compared to the big 3.

Last edited 9 months ago by Bizness Comma Nunya
Shop-Teacher
Shop-Teacher
9 months ago

It’s definitely a Studebaker. Look how poorly the bed fits the cab. It’s so weird that the factory did these that way! I mean, I know why they did it, but it doesn’t make it less weird.

I think a very interesting story piece could be how studebaker went in a different V8 design direction compared to the big 3 and how they somehow cobbled together their own (not licensed from BW, etc..) in-house automatic transmission with a much smaller budget compared to the big 3.”

That would be interesting! I don’t know anything about either of those topics.

Bizness Comma Nunya
Bizness Comma Nunya
9 months ago
Reply to  Shop-Teacher

Studebaker V8 : Probably the most “overbuilt” V8 design in every way, gear-driven cams, designed for efficiency, later years had supercharged options. The downfall at launch was that Studebaker thought that after WWII with all the advancements in high-octane fuel for aviation, that high-octane fuel would have a much bigger future and may be standardized for all cars…which wasn’t the case.

Studebacker Automatic : 3 speed and a lockup torque converter and it debuted in 1950, also had a hill-hold feature (but it was brake based). They couldn’t afford the production costs and Ford was desparate for the unit and wanted to pay big $$ for studebaker automatics to be put in to Fords…Studebaker declined and had to abandon it to Borg Warner (who did help heavily to design it, so I wasn’t totally right about that). BW then sold what was really the Studebaker automatic to European automakers such as Jaguar.

“1951 Commander with the new 120 hp OHV V8, tested by three magazines, the average 0-60 time was 17.0 seconds, about 4-5 seconds more than with a manual transmission. 1/4 mile times averaged at 20.8 seconds, top speed 95.9 mph, and fuel economy 22.3 mpg, a very good number considering the times, and for a V8 powered sedan”

If Studebaker had sold the transmissions to Ford, it probably would have saved the company or at least given them a longer life.

Shop-Teacher
Shop-Teacher
9 months ago

WOW! Very cool stuff.

GertVAG
GertVAG
9 months ago

Articles about Studebaker and their own tech, 10/10 would read that !

TXJeepGuy
TXJeepGuy
9 months ago

I thought David’s was a teal J-Truck at first (Jeep is THE orphan brand as its constantly moved to new foster homes). The front looks almost like the early rhino grill, the bumper looks right.

But the bed, wheel arch aint it.

I’m gonna go with a Studebaker, as it has some similar features.

Data
Data
9 months ago

Every time Gossin gets abbreviated as SWG, I think Star Wars Galaxies?

I’m going with Studebaker. The blurry box looks like it doesn’t line up with the blurry cab.

Paul B
Paul B
9 months ago

It’s not one, but it would be fun if David had found a Mercury M-100.

RootWyrm
RootWyrm
9 months ago

Y’all needed to blur it more.
International C-series, presumably with the AMC 232?

Peter Andruskiewicz
Peter Andruskiewicz
9 months ago
Reply to  RootWyrm

That was my first thought too, but after a second look I think I’m in the Studebaker camp

3WiperB
3WiperB
9 months ago

I’m guessing Nissan Leaf for the last car, just because a $2000 version probably will only have about 32 miles of range left.

Harmanx
Harmanx
9 months ago
Reply to  3WiperB

…using its 1.25-gallon battery

Last edited 9 months ago by Harmanx
3WiperB
3WiperB
9 months ago
Reply to  Harmanx

I took that as Torch making a joke that the leaf was basically equal to a car with a 1.25 gallon gas tank.

Harmanx
Harmanx
9 months ago
Reply to  3WiperB

Fair enough — he has been known to make jokes

Jalop Gold
Jalop Gold
9 months ago
Reply to  3WiperB

Totally agree! Dala has enough info online and with David’s tools, he should be in for a battery swap. I will totally fly in to help him if he’s scared of the HV pack.

Andy Individual
Andy Individual
9 months ago

Is one a brand new red Corvette C8 with a Camry dent?

MATTinMKE
MATTinMKE
9 months ago

That’s not a Camry dent, that’s where the lift went ripping through the side when the car fell off.

Andy Individual
Andy Individual
9 months ago
Reply to  MATTinMKE

But it will still buff right out. Right?

Chris Stevenson
Chris Stevenson
9 months ago

Custard is such a fetching car color.

Jesus Chrysler drives a Dodge
Jesus Chrysler drives a Dodge
9 months ago

Is it a 1973 Denbeigh Super Chauvinist Mark VII Saloon? 32 miles is the exact interval between fill-ups on Lucas wiring smoke, so good clue there.

Last edited 9 months ago by Jesus Chrysler drives a Dodge
Canopysaurus
Canopysaurus
9 months ago

The first is definitely a Studebaker Champ.

3WiperB
3WiperB
9 months ago
Reply to  Canopysaurus

That’s my guess too.

Hugh Crawford
Hugh Crawford
9 months ago
Reply to  Canopysaurus

California black plate H16 862, with the V8 and an automatic transmission? That Champ?

Hugh Crawford
Hugh Crawford
9 months ago
Reply to  Hugh Crawford

Oh wait, I’m thinking of the $2200 champ in Chico, https://chico.craigslist.org/cto/d/chico-1963-studebaker-champ-v8-truck/7665639648.html
you seem to be looking at a different $3000 champ.

Last edited 9 months ago by Hugh Crawford
Gubbin
Gubbin
9 months ago
Reply to  Hugh Crawford

I do not have time for that kind of road trip right now, dangit.

Icouldntfindaclevername
Icouldntfindaclevername
9 months ago

“Paint your garage floor to look like toast” is AWESOME

Taco Shackleford
Taco Shackleford
9 months ago

International Pick up and Peel P50?

JurassicComanche25
JurassicComanche25
9 months ago

First thought is a studebaker- followed by an international

Drew
Drew
9 months ago

I went the other way–I immediately thought of International, but the “orphan brand” hint made me go to Studebaker. It doesn’t look quite right, but the blurring may just be playing tricks on my brain.

Drew
Drew
9 months ago

Also, Thomas did not, for the record, kill a guy.

Okay, we’re with you on this. Where should we say we saw him? Not too many details or it won’t be believable.

Outofstep
Outofstep
9 months ago
Reply to  Drew

He got to the Lumiere Rouge around 6 and was there all night. Him and Torch argued about something. If pushed for more details say you think it was about taillights that look like a Jeep.

Soso Tsundere
Soso Tsundere
9 months ago
Reply to  Outofstep

Yes there was a chainsaw, but it was only used for car repair!

Outofstep
Outofstep
9 months ago

I truly hope that Thomas takes Peter’s suggestion to heart and paint his garage floor like toast. That would be hilarious

David C
David C
9 months ago

When I first saw the reveal photo, I thought Thomas was hinting at the purchase of the Skyline! Bayside blue, spoiler and angular rear was the teaser!

Buzz
Buzz
9 months ago

The only car I can think of that taps out after 32 miles is a Nissan Leaf with 2 bars on the battery health indicator. Final answer.

Drew
Drew
9 months ago
Reply to  Buzz

Is the battery 1.25 gallons? Because I could see Jason doing some conversion like that.

Buzz
Buzz
9 months ago
Reply to  Drew

I don’t think Jason knows that electric cars exist in non-changli forms

Data
Data
9 months ago
Reply to  Drew

It was a 2.5 gallon battery, but Torch chainsawed it.

Shop-Teacher
Shop-Teacher
9 months ago

That’s a Studebaker pickup truck. One of the ones where they used an old Dodge bed. A very DT purchase, for sure.

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
9 months ago
Reply to  Shop-Teacher

Nice! I was just wondering “Did Chrysler actually make a Chrysler-branded pick up at some point??”

Shop-Teacher
Shop-Teacher
9 months ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

Good question. I have no idea.

Mike Harrell
Mike Harrell
9 months ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

Yes. There were Chrysler-branded utes for the Australian market such as the Wayfarer and Valiant (yes, Chrysler Valiant).

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