I agree with Frank's basic thesis, but in retrospect, I'm disappointed that Stude, which had a reputation for innovative thinking, didn't take a chance on a V8 in their trucks at a much earlier date. Two data points to consider:
1. In 1951, Stude built 1032 model 2R28-55 export-only, right-hand-drive trucks with the 232 V8 for the Indian Army. No comparable model was offered in North America until 1954.
2. When the V8 finally WAS offered in Stude trucks in 1955, sales doubled, admittedly from a very low base. More importantly, more than half of 1955 E series trucks were equipped with a V8.
Posted on Nov 25, 2011, 8:37 AM from IP address 184.108.40.206