Despite improving on previous models' performance and style ,the 1939 Studebaker L5 Coupe-Express met with disappointing sales, closing out Studebaker's ahead-of-its-time three-year experiment with the car-pickup concept.
Unlike Studebaker's 1937-1939 Coupe-Express models, which were car-pickup hybrids, the 1947 Studebaker M-5 Coupe Express descended from a line of true trucks. Despite its collectability, this model has its drawbacks.
The 1951 Studebaker 2R5 pickup was part of the Studebaker 2R series the company's first postwar truck design. Billed as "The '49er" the Studebaker 2R family arrived in early 1948 to replace the prewar M-series.
The 1949-1956 Studebaker trucks, including the 2R and 3R series, were among the best the company made. One novel feature exploited by Studebaker's advertising was "lift the hood accessibility" to the engine. Read about 1949-1956 Studebaker trucks.