Like other U.S. automakers, Studebaker hustled to re-tool its plants to answer the demand for new cars and trucks following World War II. In 1949, the South Bend-based corporation introduced the 2R pickup. It was a stylish thing, with lines that flowed more than the Fords and Chevys of that era. In a remarkable styling departure: It lacked running boards.
But the Stude pickup never caught on with the public like the F1s and 3100s of long ago. These days, a Studebaker truck is a rare machine.
All the more reason to restore this old hauler, perhaps a ’51. It’s sitting on the edge of downtown Pitts, 150 miles south of Atlanta.