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SN-60
03-12-2012, 04:44 PM
I began a Thread in February, "Counting '55 President Speedsters'. This info. relates to that Thread,
but I thought it might be important enough to 'Stand On It's Own'!
A Gentleman from Canada informed Me that He owns one of the fourteen hand made President Speedster Showcars. Car#2 to be exact. For years, I believed only one of the fourteen had survived,
Car#5, Serial #7150005. Factory Showcar #2, Serial#7150002 is in good hands. It's Owner, who wishes to keep a 'low profile' for now, Has owned it many years. I really don't know much else about
it other than it's painted the 'Hialeah Green/Sun Valley Yellow' combo, as all fourteen Showcars were.
All Speedster owners are encouraged to send Serial and Body #'s, as I'm still about two thousand
Speedsters short of My goal!!!!!
PS...An interesting thing about these fourteen Showcars-- The body ID plate indicates
6HK5-- instead of the normal 6HK7.

studegary
03-13-2012, 12:35 PM
I began a Thread in February, "Counting '55 President Speedsters'. This info. relates to that Thread,
but I thought it might be important enough to 'Stand On It's Own'!
A Gentleman from Canada informed Me that He owns one of the fourteen hand made President Speedster Showcars. Car#2 to be exact. For years, I believed only one of the fourteen had survived,
Car#5, Serial #7150005. Factory Showcar #2, Serial#7150002 is in good hands. It's Owner, who wishes to keep a 'low profile' for now, Has owned it many years. I really don't know much else about
it other than it's painted the 'Hialeah Green/Sun Valley Yellow' combo, as all fourteen Showcars were.
All Speedster owners are encouraged to send Serial and Body #'s, as I'm still about two thousand
Speedsters short of My goal!!!!!
PS...An interesting thing about these fourteen Showcars-- The body ID plate indicates
6HK5-- instead of the normal 6HK7.

The 6HK5 is probably because they started out to be President hardtops and were converted to President Speedsters.

warrlaw1
03-13-2012, 12:45 PM
I've seen the Canadian car. There may be two :)

stall
03-13-2012, 05:16 PM
Just wondering if you are far enough along with the collection of serial numbers to share the data; I for one would be interested.

Murray



I began a Thread in February, "Counting '55 President Speedsters'. This info. relates to that Thread,
but I thought it might be important enough to 'Stand On It's Own'!
A Gentleman from Canada informed Me that He owns one of the fourteen hand made President Speedster Showcars. Car#2 to be exact. For years, I believed only one of the fourteen had survived,
Car#5, Serial #7150005. Factory Showcar #2, Serial#7150002 is in good hands. It's Owner, who wishes to keep a 'low profile' for now, Has owned it many years. I really don't know much else about
it other than it's painted the 'Hialeah Green/Sun Valley Yellow' combo, as all fourteen Showcars were.
All Speedster owners are encouraged to send Serial and Body #'s, as I'm still about two thousand
Speedsters short of My goal!!!!!
PS...An interesting thing about these fourteen Showcars-- The body ID plate indicates
6HK5-- instead of the normal 6HK7.

SN-60
03-13-2012, 05:49 PM
To:stall,----Good question Murray. There seems to be a couple of new cars, (by 'new' I mean not on Bob J's 1993 Roster), coming in every week . I think there are several more 'out there'. I thought that it might be a good idea
to run something in 'Turning Wheels' alerting Speedster owners who do not browse this Forum. I figure do it once as complete as I possibly can, get it out, then, after another 10 years or so, someone else can update it.
This business of a second Factory Showcar turning up shows, to Me anyway, why it's important to maintain rosters. Not just for the President Speedsters, but all the different Studebaker models.

2R5
03-13-2012, 06:46 PM
I've also seen the car your talking about.

55studeman
03-14-2012, 04:09 AM
That is some very exciting news! There's some very unique history to those models, how they were made by the factory from 54' models and of course where they have lived their life until now. SN-60 I look forward to chatting with you, in regards to speedster registry. As that is something I have been working on, a website for speedsters -registry, and a repository of info -that hasn't been unveiled yet (needs some more work). Thanks.

SN-60
03-14-2012, 03:55 PM
To: 55studeman,---- That sounds good to Me Eric! Perhaps I could merge the info I have with Your material, and between Us We could come up with one really complete Roster/Registry! The interest in it definitely seems to be
out there. I look forward to speaking with You.

SN-60
03-14-2012, 10:39 PM
Anyone who may want to see pics of a really nice LA (Vernon) President Speedster, check out Showbiz Kid's Thread under the 'Members Studebaker Pictures' Heading on this Forum. ( I'd like to obtain this vehicle's serial# for roster)

showbizkid
03-14-2012, 11:37 PM
Not my thread (or car - unfortunately!) but it is a super nice example belonging to member cdevan. Check here (http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?60003-55-President-Speedster)for pix.

SN-60
03-16-2012, 04:47 PM
To: warrlaw1,----- Your correct! The owner of the '55 President Speedster #2 Showcar also owns a second Yel/Grn car, Serial #7155257, again, new to the roster index list.

SN-60
03-18-2012, 08:59 AM
Another LA (Vernon) built President Speedster has surfaced! #7807065 6HK7-815 is alive, and awaiting restoration in Colorado. This vehicle makes the 15th 'new' '55 Speedster reported in the last three weeks.
Pretty good activity, I believe, for a limited model, that was produced for only about ten months 57 years ago!
Most interesting, the confirmation of the existence of the second of the original fourteen Factory Showcars, (#7150002 6HK5-2), and the report of the Maine Speedster with the 'factory experimental' paint (#7162560 6HK7-1090).
Wouldn't it be something if the very last Speedster that Studebaker built (#7170791 6HK7-2192), ( Thanks 'Studebaker Wheel' ), turns up??

Roscomacaw
03-18-2012, 10:04 AM
Back when I was collaborating as JDPs west coast division, we brought to light at least 5 Speedsters. Two of which came looking for me! There was the yellow/green one that emerged in Anaheim and another that revealed itself to me from the Bay area. I sold the lemon-lime one to a fella in Livermore and he "restored" it. The other one, I don't know where it went. JDP found three others, and one by one they passed thru my hands here as I did what I could to prep them for ebay. There was at least one more that JDP wasn't able to swing a deal on, and I remember - at that time - being amazed at how many were to be found in this state alone. I'm sorry I didn't document our finds.
There IS one here in Visalia, but I don't know it's status. I provided some parts for it a number of years ago, but the owner really got screwed by some of the folks he hired to do specific work, and the project was in limbo for some years.

kmac530
03-18-2012, 11:31 AM
We all have our preferences on what is our favorites or not. Lots of people love the Hawks with the add on fins on the rear quarters...not wanting to offend anyone, but these finless Presidents are much more attractive to me than Hawks. Don't get me wrong, Hawks are good looking cars. But the finless models like this are gorgeous to me. I also love the grill on the '55. That sweeping chrome arc over the grill opening is just classic and sexy. Thanks for posting the link to that car.

SN-60, while collecting serial numbers for these surviving Presidents, us newer to the Stude brand guys would love to see more pics of them.

SN-60
03-18-2012, 11:47 AM
To: Roscomacaw,-------Yes, I know what You mean. Although less than 25% of the '55 President Speedsters produced were assembled in California, It seems that a good percentage of the LA (Vernon) cars have survived.
( In comparison to South Bend production) Someone told Me it might have something to do with the calcium chloride We like to throw on our roads around here!!! Anyway, thanks for helping to preserve those five
President Speedsters.

woodysrods
03-18-2012, 12:03 PM
I have not really been a Speedster lover.
As I am not fond of 55 grills and the large side chrome doesn't do that much for me either.
But the total package does work and I do find them very atractive.
And the colors???
If I was fortunate enough to own one, I think it would have to be Black & White.
These are just my thoughts.
Good Roads
Brian

SN-60
03-18-2012, 07:15 PM
To:woodysrods,----- Yes, I agree, the Black/White President Speedsters are definitely quite striking. But do You know something?.....A large contingent of Speedster lovers think that if a '55 President Speedster isn't
painted the original Hialeah Green/Sun Valley Yellow colors, with that blinding yellow leather interior, it's just not a Speedster!!!!! I owned one like that years ago, and I have to say no other Studebaker I've owned
created more of a stir than that Green/Yellow Speedster did. (and the comments always were 100% positive) One rumor going around years ago was that Studebaker marketing execs took a long look at the Gary
Cooper Model J Duesenburg Phaeton, that was painted a very similar Green/Yellow color scheme, and opted for the same visual impact on the original fourteen Showcars....Who knows??

SN-60
03-18-2012, 10:53 PM
To:kmac530,-----Thanks for Your comments. I too like the look of the '55's (My Dad bought a new one, so I guess it's ingrained!) In reality, any deviation from the original, and very pure, '53 design, would forever be a
tough sell to many Studebaker fans. As far as pictures go, it would be nice if owners posted photos of their cars with their serial and body numbers. I probably should have suggested that a while back. Take care

SN-60
03-27-2012, 07:40 PM
I wondered if anyone out there owns or has seen a '55 President Speedster with a McCulloch Supercharger installed on it? I'm referring to the aftermarket kit that McCulloch Motors came out with around 1955.
One of these rather strange looking kits was for sale on e-bay a few years ago, but except for a few old pictures, I've never seen one 'in the flesh'.