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The Great Oklahoma Classic for August 2011 belongs to Will and Cindy Myers of Norman, Oklahoma. This Studebaker was built with all the right stuff! From the rich black paint to the 18 inch Boyd Coddington Chrome Wheels, this 1953 custom Starlight Coupe is a real crowd pleaser!


The Studebaker’s eye catching paint job was done by Tim Fidanza’s Custom Paint and Body Shop of Gasport, New York. Fidanza’s filled and shaved the hood, trunk, door handles as well as installed a modified grill to add to the custom look of the PPG Deltron Black Paint job.


Dave Ciappa from Lockport, New York engineered and built this outstanding Studebaker. Ciappa built the engine from a 1962 Corvette 327 cubic inch small block which he bored 30 over to its present 331 cubic inch. Dave installed an 201/256 Iskendarian  Cam with valve springs and rockers by Comp Cams. The heads are Chevrolet Iron 350 heads with GM Performance rods and pistons. To complement the looks of the engine, Billet Specialty powder coated valve covers were installed which match the custom fabricated Delco port fuel injection manifold.


The headers are iron rams horns design and have been smoothed and coated. The engine is mounted to a TCI 700-R4 transmission with a 2100-rpm stall TCI Converter and a custom drive shaft attaches to a 9” Currie 3.25:1 rear end.


The interior of the Starlight Coupe has the dash from a 1957 Silver Hawk with Dakota Digital gauges. The plush six way power custom gray leather seats are from a 1990 Thunderbird.


The steering wheel is a Billet Specialties unit mounted to a Iddit Custom Steering Column. The cool air is from a Vintage Air system.


The tires on this black beauty are BF Goodrich 215/40-18’s on the front and 235/50-18’s on the rear which are mounted on 18” Boyd Coddington Junkyard Dog Chrome Wheels.


The frame for the Starlight Coupe is a modified 1962 Studebaker Hawk with custom-fabricated front clip. The suspension is by Heidt’s Hot Rod Show of Wauconda, Illinois which includes dropped spindles, Air Ride airbags, Pro Shocks and Chassis Engineering sway bar and SSBC Performance System disc brakes. The steering is rack and pinion by Heidt’s Hot Rod Shop.


The underneath side of the Starlight Coupe has all the right stuff and is finished in the same detail as the rest of the quality built custom Studebaker. The exhaust is 2 ” aluminum coated with Flow Master Mufflers.



Will is a car guy from way back and won his first car show trophy in 1960. Will and Cindy have won numerous awards with their beautiful 1953 Studebaker Starlight Coupe.  The Cimarron Starlite Cruisers sincerely thank Will and Cindy Myers for sharing their Studebaker Starlight Coupe as our Great Oklahoma Classic for August 2011!