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paintim613
05-12-2008, 04:04 PM
Can you guess which one? It is #10 on the list.

http://editorial.autos.msn.com/photopopup.aspx?cp-documentid=434617&mediaid=C47DF8DE7B91422A9A8CC10928773304

Tim-53 Custom Starlight aka The Studebird in Yuma, AZ

JBOYLE
05-12-2008, 04:38 PM
I agree with most of the picks...
but even if they were free (which they almost are...)
Why would anyone want a Jensen-Healey?
When I was in high school a doctor who lived across the street bought one. Went through an engine in the first year.

Same with The Shelby Dodges. When I was in the AF one of the airmen who worked for me had a blue w/silver trim fastback.
We were wondering what was odd about it, it just didn't look right. Finally he noticed it. His front spoiler was for a silver car with blue trim. All the stripes were reversed.
Somebody at the factory (and the dealership) wasn't paying attention.

And the Riveria is a neat car...but I wonder about the "affordability" for a nice 63-65 car.

63 Avanti R1 2788
1914 Stutz Bearcat
(George Barris replica)

Washington State

lstude
05-12-2008, 04:52 PM
How about the 64 Daytona convertible? Maybe they aren't as affordable, although I sold mine at a reasonable price IMO.

I am always shocked at the low prices of 70s-80s Corvettes. There was an 85 at Carlisle that looked decent for $6,000

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JBOYLE
05-12-2008, 05:01 PM
quote:Originally posted by lstude
I am always shocked at the low prices of 70s-80s Corvettes. There was an 85 at Carlisle that looked decent for $6,000


Unless you're a fairly big-time collector you buy a car to drive.
Who wants a 23 year old car what was probably thrashed by X-many previous owners? And some parts are very expensive.
(At least with my Avanti I was fairly sure it wasn't beat from day one).
The 84 and 85 'vettes weren't known for their build or engineering quality. And late 70's 'vetts had underperforming smog-strangled engines...and the 80-82 cars were silly disco-era caricatures of what was a good looking car in 1968.
IMHO...:D
Now, I wouldn't mind a late 80s-early 90s convertible...or a nice 63-67 Stingray.

63 Avanti R1 2788
1914 Stutz Bearcat
(George Barris replica)

Washington State

paintim613
05-12-2008, 05:10 PM
My wife's ex-husband has a 63 split window Stingray in very good shape sitting in his garage gathering dust. Supposed to have been a 21st birthday gift to my stepdaughter but he won't let it go. Makes me sick to think of that great car going to waste.

Tim-53 Custom Starlight aka The Studebird in Yuma, AZ

JDP
05-12-2008, 06:19 PM
I was concerned about the value of my 63 Daytona convert, it went for less then I expected, but better then a loss. I agree that they are very affordable convertibles and seem to be going cheaper recently. I suspect high gas prices and a soft economy might finally be having a effect.

JDP/Maryland

sals54
05-12-2008, 06:44 PM
Within 2 blocks of my house out here in the country, there was a 68 Shelby Mustang Fastback on the side of a barn, (not for sale). And a 63 Corvette split window under a guys patio with boxes stacked on it. (also not for sale). They sat for years and are now both gone. Maybe I should have been more persistent????

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Guido
05-12-2008, 06:50 PM
I have been selling off a few parts for a long time Stude collector (who I sold my '63 Daytona to in 1976 for $60.00. [:0]) He has a '64 R2 Avanti that has been sitting in his garage for years. It has so much stuff inside you could not get in it (if you could even get the doors open :D). It has a car cover on it and 3 layers of stuff on top of that. Who knows when it will ever run again (or when my will either).

I wonder what price makes the AMX "affordable"?

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JRoberts
05-12-2008, 06:56 PM
The Jensen Healy was a good idea, with very poor quality control. I drove a very early one once and was impressed with its performance.

The Shelby Omni's are still used as autocross cars by many folks. Maybe the fastbacks were not as good as the four door version in the picture. It was fairly quick and competed on the track quite well with the VW Rabbit.

I would love to have a Hudson Jet. I'm glad to see it is considered affordable as the last one I saw was pretty high dollar and I have not seen one for many years.

I love the look of that era of Riveria but like was mentioned earlier I am not sure how affordable a good one would really be. The Javelin/AMX would be another car I would love to have.

The two I really have questions about are the Grand Prix and the Olds/Buick wagon.

Joe Roberts
'61 R1 Champ
'65 Cruiser
Editor of "The Down Easterner"
Eastern North Carolina Chapter

Bill Pressler
05-12-2008, 07:47 PM
John, do you mind if I ask what the red '63 convertible went for? A beautiful, authentic-looking Lark convertible, for sure! You can email me if you'd rather...or not.

Thanks,
Bill Pressler
Kent, OH
'63 Lark Daytona Skytop R1


quote:Originally posted by JDP

I was concerned about the value of my 63 Daytona convert, it went for less then I expected, but better then a loss. I agree that they are very affordable convertibles and seem to be going cheaper recently. I suspect high gas prices and a soft economy might finally be having a effect.

JDP/Maryland

61hawk
05-12-2008, 07:56 PM
quote:...and the 80-82 cars were silly disco-era caricatures of what was a good looking car in 1968.


I like the '82s... but having ridden in one, I realize why they look better parked than moving. Talk about being beat to death in a car.

bams50
05-13-2008, 05:48 AM
Affordable is what brought me to Studes; that and the idea of the endless number of Big 3 cars seen at any show. All the cars I grew up with and owned and know so well have gotten to stupid prices[B)] As much as I love old cars, I'm interested in plenty of other things- like traveling with my family. No way I have any interest in sticking $30K in one car I'm afraid to drive- or that others can't feel comfortable looking at, riding in, or driving....

I'll glance at the Camaros, Vettes, and Hemi Cudas at the shows, yawn and keep on walkin' in my quest to find another Stude[^]



Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131

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Studedude1961
05-13-2008, 09:10 AM
I would disagree with one "affordable" pick in this group: Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser wagons in good shape (they are serious rusters), easily command over $10,000 these days.

Studedude1961

JDP
05-13-2008, 09:32 AM
The 63 convertible sold for $14,302, but I lowered the reserve from 16K near the end to my break even without labor.

JDP/Maryland

Avantidon
05-13-2008, 10:50 AM
Tim, thanks for posting the link. Studebakers have been affordable collectible vehicles for a very long time which is good for us who want to keep adding them to their collections and bad for those who want to sell them for big prices. More and more people are begining to realize the value in them so hopefully that might move the prices a little. IMHO, as for the Maco bodied Corvettes they are the ugliset car on the planet and everyone recognizes it so they remain nearly worthless.

JBOYLE
05-13-2008, 02:48 PM
Yes, I've heard the phrase...
"There's no such thing as a cheap Avanti."

BUT
They are fairly "affordable" for a quasi-muscle, semi-luxury car.
You can buy a nice one for well under $20,000. A comparable Mustang or Camaro would be much more. And a lot more common and less inteesting and stylish.

Of course, mine is in the shop and I'm dreading the bill to correct many years of benign neglect of the brake and PS system inflicted on it by the previous owner (who drove it 2,100 miles in 9 years) and myself (I havent done much to it in the 2 years I've had it except drive it 2500 miles).

63 Avanti R1 2788
1914 Stutz Bearcat
(George Barris replica)

Washington State