The all-new postwar 1947-1949 Studebaker Commander Coupe & Convertible represent Studebaker in its most glamorous (and pricey) guises. These cars were announced well in advance of the 1947 model year in early '46, making Studebaker "First by far with a postwar car!"

The 1947-1949 Studebaker Commander was a styling sensation that, to some extent, predicted design trends not only at Studebaker, but also for the auto industry as a whole, particularly the flow-through front fenders and the low hood/deck height.

The 1947 Studebaker Commander was the work mainly of Loewy Associates, with input from Virgil Exner. The Starlight coupe was available in DeLuxe and Regal DeLuxe trim, but the convertible was offered only in Regal DeLuxe form. Though not as important as the Starlight, the soft top was notable for its smooth lines and jaunty top-down character.

Pluses of the 1947-1949 Studebaker Commander Coupe & Convertible:

  • An outstanding industrial design
  • Good performance
  • Milestone cars

Minuses of the 1947-1949 Studebaker Commander Coupe & Convertible:

  • Not cheap or easy to find anymore
  • Rust-prone, especially front fenders

Production of the 1947 Studebaker Commander Coupe & Convertible:

  • 5-passenger coupe: 13,299
  • 5-passenger convertible: 1,503
Production of the 1948 Studebaker Commander Coupe & Convertible:
  • 5-passenger coupe: 14,441
  • 5-passenger convertible: 7,982
Production of the 1949 Studebaker Commander Coupe & Convertible:
  • 5-passenger coupe: 8,990
  • 5-passenger convertible: 1,702

Specifications of the 1947-1949 Studebaker Commander Coupe & Convertible:
Wheelbase, inches: 119.0
Length, inches:
204.3 (1947-1948); 205.4 (1949)
Weight, pounds: 3,200-3,420
Price, new:
$1,755-$2,468

Engines for the 1947-1949 Studebaker Commander Coupe & Convertible:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
sv I-6226.2 cid
94
1947-1948
sv I-6245.6 cid
1001949

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