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bob40
04-09-2018, 07:37 PM
Received a phone call from Virgil's long time mechanic/car caretaker that the family is selling off his collection of over 200 cars and trucks of which nearly 100 are Studebakers.
There will be no auction,cars being sold one or a few at a time.
Numerous vehicles have already been sold to a number of Virgil's closest car collector friends.
I will be going there in the next day or two to see what's available.
I asked and can make a inventory and take pictures of cars and trucks for sale.
All vehicles have a fixed price....this is not a show up and haggle sale.Buy or walk away is what I was told.
Watch this post as I will update it after I get pics and info.
I will also provide a contact number of the individual tasked with the sell off.
Due to it being Spring and muddy conditions I was asked to mention no more than 2 cars can visit at a time.
All vehicles have been inside since Virgil owned them.
I am editing this post to say that all the vehicles have been appraised by a outside source to determine values.

2R5
04-09-2018, 08:19 PM
Where about sis this ?

mbstude
04-09-2018, 08:26 PM
Bob, any chance you could let me know where my former ‘53 Studillac ends up?

Likes2Laff
04-09-2018, 08:38 PM
I'm looking for a '53 Starliner (not black or white) and a '55 Speedster.

old fart
04-09-2018, 09:29 PM
I take it this includes the 1947 Curtis Wright camping trailer ?? It's a model 3 the only one left according to the registry manager .

bob40
04-09-2018, 09:47 PM
Where about sis this ?

Near Minneapolis Minnesota

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Bob, any chance you could let me know where my former ‘53 Studillac ends up?

Sure,Matthew. I'll check on that for you.

bob40
04-09-2018, 09:50 PM
I'm looking for a '53 Starliner (not black or white) and a '55 Speedster.

I will be taking pics and getting prices. He had both of what you mention. As a number of cars have been sold I can't say what is still available.
I will be there either Tuesday or Wednesday this week.

bob40
04-09-2018, 09:51 PM
I take it this includes the 1947 Curtis Wright camping trailer ?? It's a model 3 the only one left according to the registry manager .

Until I get there I can't say for sure if it is part of the sale.

Milaca
04-11-2018, 10:03 PM
I was expecting a VanDerBrink auction being that the collection is so extensive, though it would have been difficult auctioning these vehicles being so tightly packed in the buildings.
Though I am not in the market for anything right now, I look forward to any photos and pricing that you share.

dansct444
04-12-2018, 07:17 PM
I'm in the market for a nice to excellent '64 Daytona convertible. Please advise.

bob40
04-12-2018, 09:38 PM
First update of 3
A number of the cars have been sold and are still there due to the long lasting winter/short spring.
I was in a 3 of the buildings and ran out of time and battery for the camera. There are still 2 buildings to go with some of the best cars in one of them.
I still have to take pics of a bunch of Avanti's. I took 1 pic per car to get the ball rolling.
For those who would wish me to correctly identify Avanti's by Avanti or Avanti II do that in the privacy of your own home.
A reminder that the prices were set by a appraiser and are NON-NEGOTIABLE.
If anyone needs more information they can call Trevor at the number listed below and he will answer questions and send more pictures.
Trevor can be reached from 10am-4pm CST (Central Standard Time) at 763-244-5669

bob40
04-12-2018, 09:44 PM
Update 2. If you click on the picture you can see price.
A reminder that the prices were set by a appraiser and are NON-NEGOTIABLE.
If anyone needs more information they can call Trevor at the number listed below and he will answer questions and send more pictures.
Trevor can be reached from 10am-4pm CST (Central Standard Time) at 763-244-5669

bob40
04-12-2018, 09:46 PM
Update 3.
A reminder that the prices were set by a appraiser and are NON-NEGOTIABLE.
If anyone needs more information they can call Trevor at the number listed below and he will answer questions and send more pictures.
Trevor can be reached from 10am-4pm CST (Central Standard Time) at 763-244-5669

mbstude
04-12-2018, 10:11 PM
Thanks for the pics Bob.

Regarding the red/white ‘53 Studillac, I know it’s history going back to at least 1965. I’m 99% sure it’s a genuine Bill Frick car, though others who never saw it have disagreed. I’ll be happy to share what I know if anyone is interested in purchasing that one. The car needs restoration but it ran great when I owned it and I think the $8000 price tag is a steal.

Milaca
04-12-2018, 10:20 PM
Thanks Bob!

58PackardWagon
04-12-2018, 10:54 PM
What city does he live in? Thanks

studegary
04-12-2018, 11:07 PM
I wonder about the appraiser/appraisals. I looked at many, but not all of the pictures. The prices, as I believe that they relate to the current market, are all over the place - some low, some about right and some high (and not by a reasonable margin of error).

bob40
04-12-2018, 11:34 PM
I wonder about the appraiser/appraisals. I looked at many, but not all of the pictures. The prices, as I believe that they relate to the current market, are all over the place - some low, some about right and some high (and not by a reasonable margin of error).

I agree Gary.

TX Rebel
04-12-2018, 11:49 PM
Gary is right, some sure sellers and several that Mrs. Marple will be keeping for a while. Matt is right about the price on the Studillac. I wish I could grab it, but it won't last long.

Scott
04-13-2018, 01:54 AM
I visited Virgil about 10 years ago or so a couple of times. The collection is amazing I was just thinking yesterday about the pristine Subaru Justy he has. He also had a 1924-25 Special 6 two door sedan I lusted after. All original, too.

5brown1
04-13-2018, 09:47 AM
Bob, will you be posting more pictures?

bob40
04-13-2018, 07:02 PM
I will not be posting more at this time.Explanation to follow.
Went out today and went through another building.There are 3 more to go.
Asked Trevor what the reaction was to my posts and he was overwhelmed with calls.
We talked and decided to run the cars in groups so he can do the follow up with picture requests and dealing with potential buyers.
As a one man show he is very busy and adding more cars would be too much.
He appreciates the calls and said that for a while he had 3 calls waiting while on the phone with a buyer.
Be patient. He will get all the pics sent and answer all the questions.
I can try and answer questions as I have been been.

Stude Shoo-wop!
04-13-2018, 09:58 PM
Well then, looks like all will be taken care of here. Lovely! I do hope as many will be saved as possible and the ones that are no longer suitable will be treated with respect as they become new sources of parts.

bob40
04-16-2018, 06:52 AM
Dropped by and spoke to Trevor on Friday. He told me to thank everyone for the interest and it sounds like a few cars will be getting new owners.
I will amend the list as cars are sold.
16+ inches of snow fell this weekend so it will really be messy for a week or so.

56H-Y6
04-16-2018, 08:41 AM
Hi

You might post the Packards on the Packard Club and PackardInfo site cars for sale sections to reach those interested.

Steve

2R5
04-16-2018, 03:48 PM
I find that 52 starlight very interesting

JohnnyG
04-23-2018, 09:26 PM
I visited Virgil about 10 years ago or so a couple of times. The collection is amazing I was just thinking yesterday about the pristine Subaru Justy he has. He also had a 1924-25 Special 6 two door sedan I lusted after. All original, too.
Mrs Marple is keeping the Subaru, not sure if the special 6 2 door is still around.

Scott
04-23-2018, 09:55 PM
Virgil had a special affection for that Justy. Considering they were probably used as throwaway cars, his might be worth something someday. I never knew they had 3 cylinder engines. There was a derelict one a few blocks from me on the street and probably sort of ran, but it got towed away a week ago. What I really want is a 1924 (not 1925) Special Six roadster. I also want a lot of other things!

Mrs Marple is keeping the Subaru, not sure if the special 6 2 door is still around.

JohnnyG
04-23-2018, 10:37 PM
Virgil had a special affection for that Justy. Considering they were probably used as throwaway cars, his might be worth something someday. I never knew they had 3 cylinder engines. There was a derelict one a few blocks from me on the street and probably sort of ran, but it got towed away a week ago. What I really want is a 1924 (not 1925) Special Six roadster. I also want a lot of other things!
The Justy got extremely great mileage. I put $3 of gas in his and it got me at least 90 miles! He has a 1926 2 door EQ Coach 2 door 6 cylinder Studebaker. Not sure if that’s what you saw. Not sure if it is sold or not, that would be a question for Trevor. He did have a 1930 Ford roadster, but that’s been sold, if that’s what you were thinking of. It was an original 50’s street rod conversion. As for wanting other things, I want a lot of other cars! So can very much understand!!

Scott
04-23-2018, 10:52 PM
Well, I saw a 2 door coach, and it must the 1926. I know it had those distinctive side lamps the 1926's had. Funny that I remember it with the 1924 style Special Six grille. I'm obviously wrong about that.

The Justy got extremely great mileage. I put $3 of gas in his and it got me at least 90 miles! He has a 1926 2 door EQ Coach 2 door 6 cylinder Studebaker. Not sure if that’s what you saw. Not sure if it is sold or not, that would be a question for Trevor. He did have a 1930 Ford roadster, but that’s been sold, if that’s what you were thinking of. It was an original 50’s street rod conversion. As for wanting other things, I want a lot of other cars! So can very much understand!!

JohnnyG
04-23-2018, 10:57 PM
Well, I saw a 2 door coach, and it must the 1926. I know it had those distinctive side lamps the 1926's had. Funny that I remember it with the 1924 style Special Six grille. I'm obviously wrong about that.
Not necessarily. I remember another 20’s Studebaker 2 door in really good condition that I haven’t seen in the collection currently. I’m not a Studebaker guru, but remember the car and was specifically looking for it earlier this year. He might have sold it earlier.

bob40
04-26-2018, 09:10 PM
A update. Couple of price changes and a picture or 3 added.
1957 Golden Hawk has a new price of $10,000
1955 President 4 door has a new price of $3,000.
The 1957 Provincial station wagon is being sold alone for $2,000
The 1958 Packard station wagon is $2,500
NOS1958 Packard station wagon front fenders,rear quarters and a pair of fins $2,000.
I am adding a picture of the Packard station wagon.
A final note. These cars are currently not advertised anywhere but on here.The family wants SDC members to have the first shot at them.
If anyone knows of chapter members or a SDC member who does not frequent this forum let them know about the cars. Trevor's number is listed at the top.
This first batch will be here until it's decided to add more.

57pack
04-26-2018, 09:41 PM
Would love to purchase the 1958 Packard! Shame is so far away. Oh well, hopefully someone will buy it and restore it as it deserves.

sals54
04-27-2018, 01:06 PM
Sounds to me that the "appraiser" had a 3 Martini breakfast before he went out to look at these cars.

n29we
06-30-2018, 07:51 PM
Are there any updates on how the sale of the cars is going? Maybe I missed it

BShaw
07-01-2018, 09:28 PM
There is now a website for the vehicles.
http://www.classiccarsleftbehind.com

vetteson
07-03-2018, 02:54 PM
Someone must have bought the 53 Studillac. If I had not bought, built, and finished my 55 Speedster Studillac I'd been all over that car

cultural infidel
07-03-2018, 04:53 PM
Someone must have bought the 53 Studillac. If I had not bought, built, and finished my 55 Speedster Studillac I'd been all over that car

It still shows the '53 Studillac on the website

mbstude
07-03-2018, 07:15 PM
Someone must have bought the 53 Studillac. If I had not bought, built, and finished my 55 Speedster Studillac I'd been all over that car

I suggest that anyone who may have an interest in that car to contact me. I'm the guy that sold it to Virgil. I know most of the history going back to the early 1960's and have a first hand point of view of the car's condition.

JohnnyG
07-04-2018, 12:01 PM
I suggest that anyone who may have an interest in that car to contact me. I'm the guy that sold it to Virgil. I know most of the history going back to the early 1960's and have a first hand point of view of the car's condition.
Is the ‘53 a true Studillac without the supercharger or a clone as the website says?

abkco
07-04-2018, 12:45 PM
The 53 and 55 Both are still for sale

mbstude
07-04-2018, 01:16 PM
Is the ‘53 a true Studillac without the supercharger or a clone as the website says?

Virgil's '55 Studillac has a supercharger. The '53 does not.

The '53 was shipped to New York from the factory. A previous owner's Union College decals are still on the windows (he was class of '65). I don't know if the engine was a Bill Frick conversion or not, but the car was in the right part of the country and it does have a 1953 vintage 331" under the hood. It also has home-made traction bars that match all of the other known Frick cars.

The engine ran well when I had it, I'm sure it still does. The car's biggest issue is that it spent most of its life in New York, and then another 20 years under a lean-to right on the coast of Georgia. It's rusty.

6hk71400
07-04-2018, 05:29 PM
Virgil's '55 Studillac has a supercharger. The '53 does not.

The '53 was shipped to New York from the factory. A previous owner's Union College decals are still on the windows (he was class of '65). I don't know if the engine was a Bill Frick conversion or not, but the car was in the right part of the country and it does have a 1953 vintage 331" under the hood. It also has home-made traction bars that match all of the other known Frick cars.

The engine ran well when I had it, I'm sure it still does. The car's biggest issue is that it spent most of its life in New York, and then another 20 years under a lean-to right on the coast of Georgia. It's rusty.

Bill Frick's son Bill Frick just joined the Studebaker Drivers Club. He resides in Green Valley Arizona and has been looking for one of his father's cars.

Bob Miles
Different by Design
Different by Delight!

mbstude
07-04-2018, 07:06 PM
Bill Frick's son Bill Frick just joined the Studebaker Drivers Club. He resides in Green Valley Arizona and has been looking for one of his father's cars.

Bob Miles
Different by Design
Different by Delight!

Yep.. I put him onto a restored '54 in Atlanta (I haven't seen the car, only heard about it) and in his excitement he joined the club. He flew over with intent to buy it, but sadly it wasn't as nice as he expected. Wish I knew of another one to send his way. Unfortunately, I don't think there is a nice restored Bill Frick Studillac, anywhere.

58PackardWagon
07-08-2018, 10:52 PM
I wanted the 58 Packard station wagons but they wouldn't budge a penny much less a couple of grand. They just had way too much rust for the price. I will say this, Trevor was a very honest and forthright guy to work with.

Milaca
07-08-2018, 11:39 PM
I wanted the 58 Packard station wagons but they wouldn't budge a penny much less a couple of grand. They just had way too much rust for the price. I will say this, Trevor was a very honest and forthright guy to work with.

If they don't sell within a few months, perhaps they will accept your offer?

JohnnyG
07-09-2018, 03:35 PM
I know they were all appraised and they are not moving off the appraisal price. That is why they are firm with the prices. They’ve already sold over 60 cars this way I’m told..

StudeRich
07-09-2018, 05:38 PM
That is SO silly, considering it does not take a Classic Car 'Expert" to see that their "Appraiser's" Prices are just ALL over the place!

A Car with significant Studebaker Rarity and Collector value is cheap, others that are NOT or are in terrible condition are way too High. :(

bob40
07-12-2018, 05:53 PM
Talked to Trever yesterday.
The cars sold count is at 71 not counting parts cars sold that were not in the inventory.
Apparently the prices have been agreeable with 71 people so far.

nels
07-14-2018, 05:36 PM
Any 56 wagons that you know of?

abkco
07-16-2018, 11:32 PM
Nels, site shows only a 55 Conestoga wagon, one 57 Packard wagon and two 58 Packard wagons

5brown1
07-17-2018, 07:11 AM
Where are the cars located? An earlier post said "near Minneapolis". Independence, Mn is not near Minneapolis.

nels
07-17-2018, 07:59 AM
Nels, site shows only a 55 Conestoga wagon, one 57 Packard wagon and two 58 Packard wagons

Thanks. Guess I should have checked that out.

JohnnyG
07-17-2018, 09:47 AM
Where are the cars located? An earlier post said "near Minneapolis". Independence, Mn is not near Minneapolis.
Independence is about 20 miles west of the cities. It’s close to Delano and Rockford.

Buzzard
07-17-2018, 12:53 PM
Did anyone else notice the script on the '57 Packard Clipper Wagon picture stated it was "Made in Canada"? Could this be correct as I have never heard of them being built here?
Bill