This is visually spectacular. Mechanically original. I did the chrome (re-chromed, not aftermarket therefore: $$). High end professional paint ($$) two tone metallic with a slight flip in the darker blue. Has been mechanically done really well. No idea about the miles (but probably not bad), but this is a SOLID car. Min rust, no cancer, just some skimming during repaint. Brakes done, fuel system redone, new carb. Transmission and clutched serviced/redone in last 100 miles. Have history going back about 35 years. Always southern car as far as I can tell. True mileage unknown, but car is solid. Have books. Probably the original engine. True mileage unknown.
I believe in keeping it original and here it is. Everywhere I go in this, somebody has a story about one like her. I have lots of receipts as I got it from the guy who had her for 20+ years. Suicide doors. Interior is more than adequate. She runs great, is solid and will stand any inspection. Have more pics. Glass is good. Everything, except the radio, including the automatic overdrive, on the 3 speed (on the tree) manual, works. Couple of flaws (I did not redo the interior), but she is 67 years old.
Additional information: A Studebaker-god pointed out to me that the front ornamentation is from a 1950 Champion, and he is correct. Every old car become a labor of love and is done through the eyes of the person who owns her at that time. For me, this car was something I wanted done well and mechanically dependable. It is a Champion, not some super rare highly valuable Studebaker, so 'showroom' condition was never on my radar. I chose instead to paint the car with paints that complement the lines of the car and give it a classic look. I chose to redo all the chrome of the parts that were on the car when I got it, not chase down something else because I prefer the 1950 bullet to the double ring 1951). For me, I want a car that will start, run, stop and start again and have spend money on that goal. Good brakes, emergency brake works, new throw out bearing, clutch was inspected and deemed very good at that time, fuel tank is good, fuel line has been replaced, rebuilt Studebaker carb, new fuel pump, head gasket, recent oil change with Shell Rotella, new 3 year battery, and a custom car cover etc. were all done toward that end. So that is what you see before you. If you want additional information or pics I can provide. I have driving video as it shifts into overdrive which it does dependably and will cruise at 70 in the summer heat without effort.
An email pointed out that I represented the car as 'original', but correctly noted that the paint was custom and the interior was also not in the original fabrics. All true, so, allow me to clarify the comment. Mechanically, the car is as original as I can reasonably get it. The interior I have not touched, and were I to keep it, I would probably do that. I have well over $20K in the car, and probably closer to $25K, if I go back that far, so redoing the inside didn't make the list. That is for you, the next owner to decide. It is serviceable the way it is, but if you felt adventurous, would be the place I would put money.
I didn't resto-mod the car, was what I was intending to say, and my apologies to the purists (with all due respect) with my 'original' comment. The custom paint really pops and looks great. The white walls are essentially new, maybe 50 miles. The brakes, throwout bearing and fuel system are less than 50 miles since redo (less than a year) done.
Car is for sale locally. I reserve the right to sell the car locally before the end of the auction, unless the buy it now option is chosen.
|Mileage:||999,999||Number of Cylinders:||6|
|Trim:||custom paint||Warranty:||Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty|
|Engine:||6 cylinder||Vehicle Title:||Clear|
|Drive Type:||RWD||Fuel Type:||Gasoline|
|For Sale By:||Private Seller||Exterior Color:||Blue|
|Drive Side:||Left-hand drive||Interior Color:||Gray|