Photo Daily: “Nadine” 1951 Studebaker Champion Convertible

"Nadine" 1951 Studebaker Champion Convertible, Chicago ©2014

“Nadine” 1951 Studebaker Champion Convertible, Chicago ©2014

I’m not really what you would call a “car guy.” But  I do appreciate beauty in design when I see it. I was walking past my studio last week, when I saw something completely out-of-place on my street. Among the rows of parked cars, was Nadine.

I almost didn’t stop to make a photograph, because I was in a bit of a hurry, but I’m glad I did. I did actually say to myself, I’ll get it on the way back. But if I had followed that initial thought, I would have missed it, as I later watched it roar past me on the way home after running an errand.

Always make the photo while you can.

When I was making the picture, I forgot to make a mental note of exactly what make and model of car it was, only the name, “Nadine,” painted behind the driver’s door. So when I was getting ready to title the photograph, I realized I had no idea what to call it.

A quick search for vintage hood ornaments, and I had my answer. The hood ornament has a very common for that era, airplane shape to it, but with a swollen front and ever so upturned wingtips. This illustration of Studebaker hood art was a perfect match for the 1951 vintage.

Thank you, Just a Car Guy, from one who really isn’t!

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