AUTOS: 1955 1/2 Models

Studebaker, which showed off its 1955 models early in October, last week did something rare in the auto industry. It brought out an entire series of new cars, which wags promptly dubbed "1955½ models." In its basic Champion, Commander and President lines, Studebaker had 16 new sedan and station-wagon models with wraparound windshields, sportier dashboards and more horsepower. At the same time it boosted horsepower on its old 1955 Commanders from 140 to 162, on Presidents from 175 to 185. Reason for the midseason retooling was to help Studebaker compete with the Big Three's high-h.p. wraparound windshield models.


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