Up for sale is this great looking and running classic Studebaker Champ 1/2 ton spaceside pickup. Studebaker made the Champ from 1960-1964 and this one was built in South Bend, Indiana on March 23, 1962 and shipped to a dealer in Huntington, NY. They are quite rare, especially in this condition. This truck just got a first place trophy at a local car show this week (June 2019). Also included: the original factory build sheet and owners manual, as shown.
Restored about 5 years ago by a prior owner, this truck has been in the hands of a few collectors over the years and is a low mileage original (90,800 miles). Repainted in the original Desert Tan color. Paint is very good but not concours quality and there are the usual assorted scratches and scuffs. The bed and tailgate area has a heavy rubber protective mat. The photo's tell the story.
I do not have service records from past owners but I was told the engine was rebuilt when out of the truck for paint. The engine is the 259 V8, 195 hp with 4-speed on the floor transmission. First gear is really a granny gear. The engine starts up easily and idles smoothly. No oil leaks, no smoke. It has terrific power and cruises easily at highway speeds. It has dual exhaust, electric fuel pump and a brand new fuel tank.
Brakes... Drum brakes all around and in good shape. They do need an adjustment as occasionally they can get a little grabby. Emergency brake works well. This truck also has the Studebaker hill-holder.
Any rust on the truck is typical surface rust from scratches found underneath the bed mat and stone marks on the frame- see photos. It appears the entire frame received a rust inhibitor during the restoration. There are small rivet dimples above both wheel wells- see photo.
All gauges work (even the clock!). The original am radio is in the truck but not operating. There's a new retractable antenna installed so I'm thinking the radio was working recently and may be repairable to keep it original. The lights, wipers, directional signals etc all work.
Just custom built and installed this year... beautiful varnished side wood bed rails using 150 year old reclaimed Virginia oak. Also shown in one photo... a tan vinyl bed cover with support bows that snaps on.
Tires (including spare) are like new. They are Dimension IV 215-75-15 radial white walls.
Glass, chrome and rubber trim is very good. I had a stone chip this spring and ended up replacing the front windshield with new glass. The rear sliding glass (the first ever on an American truck) is in good shape. Side windows roll up and down as they should. There are new side mirrors on both doors. The doors open, close, latch and line up as they should.
Studebaker has a large community of enthusiasts and a strong parts network. If you are looking for a wonderful early '60's American classic pickup for pennies on the dollar of what you would pay for a comparable condition Ford, Chevy or Dodge... this is your truck. Unless you are at a Studebaker meet you are virtually guaranteed to be the only Champ at your next car show or Cars & Coffee.
This truck is garaged just outside Charlottesville, Va. Happy to show it for personal inspection by appointment only. Contact me via email through Ebay. Shipping is the responsibility of the buyer. I am happy to work with your shipper and can even recommend one I've had good experiences with. Thanks for looking.


Seller notes:
Year: 1962 VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): C717438
Mileage: 90800 Transmission: 4-speed on the floor
Make: Studebaker Body Type: Truck
Model: Champ Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Engine: 259 V 8 Vehicle Title: Clear
Drive Type: RWD Fuel Type: Gasoline
For Sale By: Private Seller Exterior Color: Tan
Disability Equipped: No Interior Color: Tan
Drive Side: Left-hand drive Number of Cylinders: 8

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