GWA Auto Design & Tuning's Veinte Victorias Concept Studebaker Cooks With Gas

GWA Auto Design & Tuning's proposed Veinte Victorias concept salutes the highly modified 1954 Studebaker Starliner coupes that have won an astounding Twenty Victories since the historic La Carrera Panamericana vintage road race was revived in 1988.

Although Raymond Loewy's groundbreaking (and wind-cheating) design debuted in 1953, the Starliner coupe remains a force to be reckoned with at specialty events such as Bonneville's SpeedWeek and the revived La Carrera Panamericana.

At the latter, Starliners have reeled off two strings of consecutive wins: 1993 through 2001 and 2007 through 2014. The grand total of 20 wins in 27 seasons have inspired GWA Auto Design & Tuning of San Antonio, Texas, to propose a unique Starliner fully fifty years after Studebaker threw in the towel as a major automaker.

GWA's vision would see a limited production of 19 Veinte Victorias painted yellow with La Carrera Panamericana livery, plus a single black-painted vehicle intended to be the event's pace car – pending the agreement of La Carrera Panamericana officials.

While the Veinte Victorias' bodywork largely evokes Studebaker's 1953 Starliner coupes and hardtops, GWA grace's Loewy's design with prominent tailfins and modern energy-absorbing bumpers. The body is supported by a custom steel tube frame chassis mounting GWA alloy wheels (19x8½ front and 19x11 rear), Brembo HPK brakes and race-tuned suspension components.

A supercharged 6.2-liter Chevrolet Corvette LS9 V8 engine rated at 620 hp / 600 lb-feet of torque, a six-speed manual gearbox and a custom Fabspeed exhaust system are the guts that give Veinte Victorias vehicles their go.

According to GWA, “The Veinte Victorias is meant to be a a real fun car to drive, as well as a collectors item for those that had competed or been following the Carrera for all these years.” At press time pricing is undetermined but further news and info will be posted at the GWA website as development progresses. (via Hemmings Daily)