My second vehicle is the result of a long term full body off restoration completed in April 2007.
My 1966 Commander 4 door sedan was also imported into Australia about 20 years
ago after having sat in the desert in Reno, Nevada for over 20 years.
Built in September '65, it was shipped to Crescent Garage in Yerington Nevada as
part of a fleet order of Commanders for the First National Bank of Nevada. After
only a year or two of service, my Commander was involved in a serious front end
collision and parked, having travelled only 48,000 liles uo tp that time. A
ground up restoration began in 1992 and continued slowly until completed just in
time for our 17th Australian National Meet in April 2007.
The original factory colour is Niagara Blue Mist with Montego Blue cloth trim.
Over many years I was able to gradually find all of the pieces needed to make up
a complete N.O.S. interior. The new RHC dash pad was an especially rare find!
Unusual for a base model, this car was ordered with many options, including 283
V8, automatic transmission, power steering, manual tuning radio, climatizer,
back-up lights, full wheel covers, regal horn ring, seat belts and all of the
other minor options that Studebaker made standard that year.
Additionally, I have added a rear seat speaker kit, individual & reclining
seats, door handle scratch plates, mirror mounted compass, locking petrol cap,
under hood and trunk courtesy lights, original number plate frames, chrome
exhaust tip, tinted glass, transistorized ignition system and a power brake kit.