[meteorite-list] Mercurian meteorite models nomination OT Version
From: Sterling K. Webb <sterling_k_webb_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 18:24:45 -0500
I hope you mean the 1963 Mercury Meteor S33. None
other is truly worthy. Oh, and it has to be RED.
The Studebaker "President" goes back to 1927-1942.
The President was given a powerful eight-cylinder
engine that was worthy of the elegant coachwork that
it carried. The engine earned Studebaker a reputation
in power, performance and endurance. In 1931 a
Studebaker President outfitted with a nine-bearing
engine won the Pikes Peak hillclimb. That engine
captured 114 records, 35 of which would stand for
The name "President" was revived in 1955 and went
until 1958. There was also a "President Speedster"
model. The "Presidents" were essentially Studebaker
Hawks. The chassis is so identical that it is common
to restore "Presidents" by rebuilding them on the
much more common Hawk chassis. Not to mention
the equally identical Packard Hawks. And then there
was the Studellacs...
For a pictorial review, try:
I don't usually wander this far Off Topic, but I had a
favorite uncle who had a Studebaker Golden Hawk with
the optional centrifical supercharger. Until, as a child,
you've sat in the front passenger seat of such an incredibly
primitive piece of engineering, with your chin resting on
the (unpadded) dash watching the roadway roll in as the
speedometer flirts with the 150 mph mark, all to the
accompaniment of a supercharger scream that would put
a diving Stuka to shame... Well, it's an experience.
Sterling K. Webb
----- Original Message -----
From: "Edwin Thompson" <etmeteorites at hotmail.com>
To: <meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com>
Sent: Saturday, August 06, 2011 3:35 PM
Subject: [meteorite-list] Mercurian meteorite models nomination
> My vote would be the 1955 Studebaker-President; Lots of heavy metal,
> really nice interior, looked like almost no other model, came in a
> really cool champagne silver metal flake, 1955 was a vintage year of
> fairly old age and it went really fast. Plus, it had tail fins with
> lights in them! A pretty classy projectile. And I believe that on the
> right day with the planets in just the right positions that a couple
> of elliptical orbits around our sun might be enough to slingshot a
> Studebaker our way for a colorful bolide event way back when. But did
> this happen so long ago that any debris is completely weathered away?
> Once on the ground here in our oxygen atmo meteorites only last so
> long. There is a theory our there that the surface of Mercury was
> stripped away in a cataclysmic event long ago and I wonder if that was
> so long ago that weathering would have eaten them all up by now.
> Cheers, E.
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Received on Sat 06 Aug 2011 07:24:45 PM PDT