With an all new design by Robert Bourke of the famous Raymond Loewy design studio in 1953, Studebaker quickly applied Bourke's radical design to its entire line of coupes and sedans. Known as the Starliner and the Starlight, these new models quickly gained popularity and were known as 'The new American car with the European look,' because of their low height and smooth, sleek lines, they were unlike any other American car on the market at the time. With two models available, the Starliner was offered as a hardtop coupe, while the Starlight was offered as a pillared coupe. They could also be had in two different model levels, with the Champion designation denoting a 6-cylinder engine, and the higher-priced Commander, which offered a V8 engine. Upon its unveiling, Studebaker's new design was so well received that in September of 1953, the Studebaker Starlight Commander was featured in the Museum of Modern Art's exhibition titled 'Ten Automobiles'. 'Only those automobiles that were considered which met standard safety and performance requirements were shown in the first exhibition, primarily for their excellence as works of art.' However, not only did these new Studebakers look stunning, they performed well too. In fact, soon after their debut they began to appear at Bonneville because of their aerodynamic advantage, and In fact, the first full-fendered stock-bodied car to break the highly coveted 200mph mark was a Studebaker coupe. In 1955, the Starliner and Starlight designations were dropped and the pillar less Starliner became the '5-passenger hardtop' with the Starlight becoming the '5-passenger coupe', however the Champion and Commander were kept. Shown here is a 1955 Studebaker Commander coupe that has had the same owner for the past 20 years. Wearing Ford Ultra Violet Metallic paint, this Studebaker underwent a complete frame off restoration 15 years ago. Under the hood is a Chevrolet 283ci V8 bored 30 over with a steel crank, mini high rise intake manifold and a wolverine cam which is mated to a TH350 automatic transmission with a shift-kit. Under the hood you will also find a power rack and pinon, aluminum valve covers with matching air cleaner as well as ram horn style exhaust manifolds. Custom touches include a catfish grille, frenched hood and quarter panel emblems. The interior of the Commander has a reupholstered front and rear seat, completed in black leather with black cloth inserts up front and black vinyl and black cloth inserts in the rear. The interior also features a custom two tone dashboard with custom pin stripping, under dash heater, and custom steering wheel. The stock Studebaker steel wheels sport the correct '54-'55 Studebaker hubcaps and are all stopped by power assisted disc brakes up front and drum brakes in the rear. Snatch up this Studebaker for your next classic cruise or custom car meet where you will surely stand out!