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An Eldridge man enjoys all things Studebaker. Duane Miller has two cars which he thinks are a cut above the rest.

Miller owns a 1953 Studebaker Commander. He paid sixty five dollars for the car and still has the original bill of sale.

The car has a radio antenna, a Kleenex dispenser, and vents to cool your feet. No air conditioning in this car.

Miller has done quite a bit of work to restore the car. He does body work and painting.

His 1963 Avanti sits beside a Mobil Gas pump on his property. The Avanti has a fiberglass body, and when it came out of the factory, had disc brakes on the front.

Miller says when you hang on to the steering wheel, you can almost feel the road. It has power steering and includes a push button radio.

Miller says when he started driving, gasoline sold for about twenty four cents a gallon.  

He searched four to five years before finding the 1953 Studebaker Commander.

The Studebaker Drivers Club has about thirteen thousand members worldwide.

Many of these classic cars were built in South Bend, Indiana. The company closed its plant there in 1963.

However, Duane Miller says he has the two cars he always wanted, and they ride like a charm.

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