There are certain vehicles which, for various reasons, are labelled as “gangster” vehicles. From the 1964 Impala to the Lincoln Continental, these cars have a definite “bad guy” image that people crave.
One car I would never have considered for a mobbed-out gangster mobile is a Studebaker. But, I suppose that’s what makes me different from the guys at Kicker Audio. Their booth at SEMA 2013 featured this evil 1950 Studebaker Champion.
I couldn’t find a ton of information about the build online, but here’s what I do know. It’s slammed to the ground with an Air Lift air ride system and rides on 20″ Dayton wire wheels with Continental Extreme Contact DWS tires. The exterior is a lovely black cherry color that is accented by the copper trim around the nose.
As you might imagine, this car has a top-of-the-line stereo featuring Kicker amps, 10-inch subwoofers, and QS components. The inside is isolated from road noise with Dynamat and a trunk full of XS Power batteries provides additional juice. The whole interior is done up in diamond-patterned leather that looks very comfortable.
While this appears to be a purely show vehicle, it’s got some hot rod tricks up its sleeve. Under the hood is an LS3 crate engine that produces a healthy 430 horsepower. In this configuration, the car is backed by a 4L65E automatic transmission and a Strange Engineering 9-inch rear end. There’s even a set of Classic Instruments gauges to keep the driver informed of what’s going on. You can bet it will light ’em up better than most show cars.
I’ve gotta hand it to the guys at Kicker for doing such an amazing job on this car. This is one Studebaker that really deserves to be called “Champion!”