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  • The Champion was one of the most stylish cars of the 1950s.
  • Its lack of chrome was in stark contrast to popular industry trends, so an extensive list of accessory trim options was offered.

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Production of the new 1953 Studebaker Commander and Champion models signaled introduction of the cleanest and most esthetically styled cars of the fifties.  New styling features included a long sloping hood, slim two-section horizontal grille with two suspended bars, small bumper guards and full wheel openings.  A reverse-angled, slant styling theme influenced the door contour line, the slant of the rear taillights and the shape of the rear quarter windows.  There was some resemblance between the 1952 grille and the 1953 version, but the newer grille was much cleaner looking and had far less chrome trim.

Studebaker’s conservative use of chrome was in stark contrast to the industry’s constantly expanding use of shiny trim so the Parts and Accessories Division came up with an extensive list of accessory trim items for customers to choose from.  Hood and fender ornaments, fog light bumperettes, wire wheel covers and exterior sun visors were just a few that were listed.  Model year production for 1953 was 169,599 Studebakers, and the Champion model lasted until 1958.

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