Studebaker Car Club Of New South Wales


Year 1947

Champion Custom Ute.


2 door, 2 passenger Utility.


As built by Bert Needham

Studebaker 6 cyl side valve,

169.6 ci (2.8 L)

85 hp @ 4,000 rpm.

As Restored by Noel Menzies

Studebaker V8 OHV,

259 ci (4.2 L)

180 hp @ 4,500 rpm.

Gearbox 3sp, Manual.
Diff. Ratio tba:1
Wheelbase ??

Foot - Hydraulic Drums front & rear.

Hand - Internal Rear Drums.

Weight ??


Tyre Size ??
Origin USA/Australia










History of this Vehicle


1947 - ????



???? - ????

Bought as a 4-door sedan by Bert Needham after its accident in Bogabilla, NSW, and his panel beaters converted it to a ute.


???? - 1992

1992 Owned by Robin Bleakmore in Dubbo, NSW.


1992 - ????

Purchased by Noel Menzies of NSW.

After repairs, the body was grafted onto a 1962 Lark chassis complete with engine and gearbox.
Completed in Sydney for Noel's son Darren, who drove it to Darwin, NT, where he was based in the air force.

???? - Today

Sold to Victorian buyer, and not seen since.


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This vehicle has been featured on our "Where Are They Now" pages since March 2015, so we would dearly like to know what happened to it.


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