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1949 Studebaker 2R-5

This 1949 2R-5 Pickup Truck is finished in blue with a white bumper and red rims on the tires. On the side of the truck is "Midland Engineering Co. South Bend, IN" finished in yellow lettering.

This 1949 Studebaker 2R-5 was a part of the 2R series.  Studebaker debuted its new 2R-Series truck line in mid-1948 to much fanfare. The 2R’s styling was penned by Studebaker designer Robert Bourke, who later designed the 1953 Studebaker Starliner hardtop.

The 2R was offered in a wide variety of models from the standard pickup to heavy duty 2-ton units, and included such modern features as concealed running boards and a double-wall pickup beds. The 2R line remained in production through 1953, and was Studebaker’s best selling truck series.

1949 STUDEBAKER 2R-5 STATS

ORIGIN

ENGINE

HORSEPOWER

NUMBER BUILT

South Bend 170 cu. in. (2.8L) L-head inline 6 85 117,500 (1949-53)

Gift of Bill Steinmetz, Lakeville, Indiana.

DID YOU KNOW…?

2R-Series trucks were built at Studebaker’s Chippewa Avenue plant, which still stands today.

ABOUT THIS SERIES

Keep on Truckin’: The American Pickup Truck was on display at the Museum from 2017-2018.  This series of articles comes for the displays from that exhibition.