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.
Decades ago, someone drove this ’65 Galaxie 500 XL, drove it hard, listening to eight cylinders banging away in a 352-cubic-inch block. No longer. The V-8 i is gone, the car resting in red dirt on a forgotten stretch of U.S. 1.