SuperSonic X-51
1951 Studebaker Commander 4 Door Sedan

Tim Warner
Tampa, FL

Tim started a project with his 51 Studebaker Commander 4 Door Sedan that most of us could never even imagine. After checking and locating a Mitsubishi Eclipse roof, he cut the roof off of his Stude. The contour of the rear window in the Mitsubishi top fits the contour of the Studebaker deck lid almost perfectly. Tim mounted the body (now a 2 door) on a custom made tube frame and installed a small block Chevrolet with an overdrive transmission.

To follow the X-51 theme, Tim added a jet engine exhaust out the back and some aircraft instruments to the dash. I was looking forward to seeing this car done, but Tim let me know that it was sold to someone that resides in Missouri. 

Fast forward to January, 2009 and the Barrett Jackson auction in Scottsdale, AZ. The new owner had finished the car and was calling it the Super Sonic in the auction brochure. According to the write up, it had been named "Car of the Year" at the Pixar Animation Studios Motorama. 

The exterior color is Tungsten and it has a black leather interior that is accented with brushed stainless and aluminum. It also has full climate contol and heated seats. A Corvette engine and 5 speed AT makes it go and the exhaust exits through the Pratt & Whitney jet engine case.

After the hammer went down, the new owner shelled out $106,700.00 to take it home.