Weekend Edition – Two Distinctive Studebakers on eBay; South Bend Beauties

Recently Updated81 Yes, it is the Sunday Edition of the Hooniverse Weekend, and I seem to highlight cars that are for sale around the country that are a bit unusual, quirky, and sometimes confusing. But I love to highlight the cars that were made by a former horse drawn Wagon Company from South Bend, Indiana… Studebaker. They were the next to last Independent car manufacturer to somehow survive the turbulent 1950’s only to see its prospects dim by 1964, and close down as an automobile manufacturer two years later. However, let’s take a look at a couple of Studebaker models that are currently for sale on eBay, and drink in all of their quirkiness to see how different they really were. Studebaker President  eBay - Google Chrome 6292014 80716 AM.bmp This is a 1956 Studebaker President 4-Door sedan, which was the most lavish of the sedan models for that year. The Sedan and Wagon models received a substantial face-lift for 1956, doing away with the Raymond Lowey look that was awkwardly applied to these models three years before. It was suppose to look more substantial, but actually came across as looking even more awkward. Studebaker President  eBay - Google Chrome 6292014 80728 AM.bmp According to the listing:

You are looking at a really really nice 1956 Studebaker President 4 Door Sedan. It has a very unusual Tangerine and White exterior…with beautiful gray interior. It is a wonderful and solid and super straight body with no rust that we can find ever. I was told that it spent most of it’s life in Oregon, then went to Minnesota for a short period of time, then to New Yord for a shorter period of time. We took the car in on trade on a gorgeous 55 Studebaker President Speedster, yellow and green with original yellow leather interior. He had another Studebaker 4 door and wanted a nice 2 door is the only reason he got rid of this beauty. The beauty runs and drives just like you would expect a very nice car like this one to. This vehicle is located in the north western part of South Carolina near Greenville.

Studebaker President  eBay - Google Chrome 6292014 80852 AM.bmp This car shows almost 86,000 miles, has a 289 V-8, Automatic, and is a presentable driver. The driver side Door Card could use some work, but otherwise, she’s great. With a little over two days to go until the auction ends, the top bid so far is $7,801, with an unmet reserve. So, what do you think it will take to get it sold? See the listing and tell me your thoughts on this fantastic Studebaker: [sc:ebay itemid=”121371272836″ linktext=”1956 Studebaker President 4 Door Sedan ” ] Studebaker Daytona Wagonaire  eBay - Google Chrome 6292014 80520 AM.bmp This is a 1964 Studebaker Daytona Wagoaire Wagon, you know, the model with the Sliding Roof… This particular car will be a project, as it currently isn’t registered, but it is running. According to the listing:

I have owned this auto since 2002 and purchased it from a man who was selling it to settle his dad’s estate. It had been sitting in a large steel building with a concrete floor where it shared space with farming equipment. The car had Ohio plates on it from 1970 which I believe was the last year it was driven. I towed it back to Virginia where I lived then and started collecting many difficulty items that would be needed to do a complete restoration on it. I also wanted to see if it would run so I removed the spark plugs and filled the cylinder with a 50/50 mixture of diesel fuel and automatic transmission fluid. I then let it sit for about two weeks. I then put a socket on the large nut on the crankshaft and the engine could be easily turned by hand. I did about twenty revolutions by hand to pump all of the oil mixture out and installed the old plugs. Changed oil and filter, disconnected the coil wire and turned engine with the starter to prime oil pump. Primed carburetor, connected coil and engine fired and ran fine. Studebaker Daytona Wagonaire  eBay - Google Chrome 6292014 80545 AM.bmp Car runs and holds about 50 lbs of oil pressure at idle and transmission shifts as it should’ Power steering works and so does the power tailgate window.( from dash switch & also key on tailgate) The car comes with a complete carpet set for front & rear seats also cargo area. The old carpet was removed to show floor boards so I just laid the new carpet in the front and rear seats so you could see the quality and color. It still needs to be fitted around the doors posts and secured with trim strips included. Studebaker Daytona Wagonaire  eBay - Google Chrome 6292014 80617 AM.bmp The carpet you see displayed below the tailgate is what needs to be installed in the cargo area. The A/C unit below dash is just setting there and not hooked up. The A/C compressor was put on engine just so I could include the correct brackets and pulleys. The crankshaft pulley, spacer and longer bolt will also be included. Also included will be the firewall grommets and firewall plate to make everything look original. Included with the A/C kit is also a NOS condenser for a 64 Daytona and heavy duty radiator for use with A/C. Shown with this equipment is also a NOS driver’s side front fender apron to replace damaged unit caused by first owner when battery froze and split. The engine had antifreeze in it but no one thought about removing battery. Studebaker Daytona Wagonaire  eBay - Google Chrome 6292014 80625 AM.bmp The trim items like the Daytona & Wagonaire script, Studebaker hood ornament, parking lights, weather stripping for sliding panel and mounting clips, chrome corners for roof are all NOS. Also the tail lights which are in perfect condition are NOS. Studebaker Daytona Wagonaire  eBay - Google Chrome 6292014 80630 AM.bmp The front fenders, doors and panel under front bumper are for wagon. There was never any rear fenders made for the Wagonaire. There were just some patches made to be welded in but there were none of these available when Studebaker went out of business. I ordered 2 rear fenders for a 4 door and believe they could be made to fit. I could also include a NOS hood, front and rear bumpers if you want them and have enough space to transport them. The only car I will have when the wagon is gone will be an Avanti II with a 350 HO V8. None of the parts for Larks will fit the Avanti. I will be glad to include anything I can find between now and when wagon sells. Parts will be free if buyer wants them.

Studebaker Daytona Wagonaire  eBay - Google Chrome 6292014 80602 AM.bmp Starting bid for this car is $6,500, which seems to be a bit on the high side, considering all the work that will go into this car to get it factory fresh. There seems to be a great deal of kit that comes with the car, but there is no doubt that it will take a lot of work to get it back on the road. See the listing and tell me if this Wagonaire is worth all that work: [sc:ebay itemid=”181450890401″ linktext=”1964 Studebaker Daytona Wagonaire ” ]

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