FRANKLIN MINT STUDEBAKERS
The Franklin Mint has issued several Studebaker models over the years including a 1953 Starliner Hardtop in 1:43 scale and a 1963 Avanti in both 1:43 and 1:24 scale. The 1:24 scale Avanti in turquoise is a current issue model. The 1:43 scale Studebaker items have been discontinued. Franklin Mint models typically feature original paint schemes, opening doors, accurate engines and chassis, and detailed interiors. Models from this company are intended for the collector market and are fairly expensive. The list price for the current issue "limited edition" turquoise Avanti is $145 plus shipping. The 1:43 models sold new for around $60, but examples sometimes appear on eBay at prices well below the original list prices. For example, I was able to acquire the Starliner for about $20 and the Avanti for about $15 plus shipping.
1953 Starlight Hardtop 1:43