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Boogieman
07-03-2012, 11:42 PM
Hi,
I'm looking for information on the vehicle in the title.
My family has ownded one for about 20 years and are trying to decide what to do with it. Sell it or restore it? The first option is preferable but we cannot find a whole lot of info on it as it is quite rare.
From our experiences, most people have no idea what it is and as far as we're aware there is only one other in the world and it is in pristine condition in a USA museum.
Ours is 99% complete but 50% assembled and requires restoration.

Any help would be appreciated.

Ben

8E45E
07-03-2012, 11:48 PM
Any help would be appreciated.

We definitely love to help you, but please give us a good start by posting some photos and the serial number, etc.

Craig

Boogieman
07-03-2012, 11:57 PM
Geez, quick reply.
I'll get photos in the next day or two but this is the same model
http://vintagemotorssarasota.com/Car_pages/Studebaker/35studebaker/35studebaker.htm
I'll get the serial number with the photos.

Cheers

Boogieman
07-04-2012, 04:09 PM
I've attached this from my Dad who owns the car.

I have attached a few photos of the car.
The car is pretty well complete except for a few things. There are no seat frames or window frames, the flooring is just about gone and part of the canvas roof framing is gone.
The chassis number is 5506064 and the engine number is D49848
The original owner had the car from 1935 till 1985 on a farm in Gympie, QLD then gave it to the neighbors son who moved to Darwin, NT and dismantled it with the intention of restoring it but didn't actually start anything. He sold the car to me in 1989.
I started chasing parts and soon found it to be very rare. An old man I spoke to was the coachbuilding foreman at T J Richards & Son
in Adelaide when these were built and he told me that were only about 97 of them. Because no Phaetons were built in America,
1 of these 97 was sent to Studebaker America and that is the 1 that you see in the link on my previous post.
About 17 years ago I made a big effort to find out all I could about the Phaetons and surprisingly few Studebaker clubs had even heard of them.
So I am pretty confident that mine is 1 of only 2 in the world.
Anyway, like the previous owner, I started with the best intentions but life keeps happening to me and I find that while I now have the
time, place and money to make a serious dent in the work required, I think I lack the will.
I'm not sure how much I want for the car but I'll know it when I hear it.
Regards,
Peter Sims

I hopethis helps,
Cheers
Ben

studerex
07-04-2012, 04:37 PM
The one in the Sarasota, Florida museum was sold in Janurary. When you decide on a price let me know.

go-studebaker
07-04-2012, 04:38 PM
Hi Ben,
well you have an unusual car and most people in the States have no idea on how to value it.

From memory the other car in the US sold for around 50k years ago from its other home in California where it was restored after leaving Newcastle (if my memory servers me), and bearing in mind you could easily spend 50k to 70k restoring your car, I dont really think your car is worth a lot.

It is missing the interior and that is a problem.

Maybe Aust $10k if you are lucky at the high end. So somewhere between 5 and 10k maybe fine, depending on the buyers attitude.

These Richards bodied tourers are really basic cars and lack a lot of refinements that the US assembled roadsters have. They don't even have roll up windows, just the clip on shutters.

Effectively, they are a 1920;s car in mid 1930's drag, which was fine for the skippies, but not for the Yanks of the period.

There are probably more of them around that have not surfaced, but I think the number would be between 10 and 20 that were actually built.

You probably have to value it on the basics of the Chev's that were built in the same body configuration and devalue it a bit as Studebaker appeal to Chev appeal is a little different.

The battle with these cars is just putting your hand in your pocket, spending the bucks and getting on with it.

If you can get over that, just sell it for whatever you can get for it so it can get into the hands of somebody that will actually do something with it.

Anyway, I am well out of touch with Australian prices for Chev's and the like of similar ilk, so bear that in mind.

Regards
Greg Diffen

aarrggh
07-04-2012, 04:45 PM
At least try and slap it back together then you can get more $$$$$ if you sell .

Bob Bryant
07-04-2012, 05:26 PM
Doug Foeller owned the other 1935 Studebaker Phaeton and it was discussed on the link below. it was shown in several venues in SW Florida and was for sale at that time. Richard Quinn supplied some information on the car and its history few years ago. It was a very interesting car and I was unaware it had been sold.

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?1525-Ok-Guys-identify-this-Phaeton&highlight=1935+Studebaker+Phaeton

8E45E
07-05-2012, 01:02 AM
I posted some photos of a '35 President that is similar in appearance in #26 of this thread: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?57663-Most-elegant-Studebaker&highlight=yale
It is not a true pheaton, however, as the top is non-moveable.

Craig

Studebaker Wheel
07-05-2012, 03:42 AM
I posted some photos of a '35 President that is similar in appearance in #26 of this thread: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?57663-Most-elegant-Studebaker&highlight=yale
It is not a true pheaton, however, as the top is non-moveable.

Craig

Craig; Yes, that is a "one off" President with a custom built aluminum body (made in Canada). Ordered special in 1935 by Jameson Motors in Victoria, BC. It is a Convertible Sedan as opposed to a touring. The top did go down originally. It was restored by the Shrock Borthers of Coalport, PA for Bob Yale about 14 years ago. It now belongs to George Vassos.

Boogieman
02-01-2016, 01:53 AM
Hi,
It's been a few years since I started this thread and the owner (my Dad) is now looking to sell the car. Nothing's changed since those pictures but he's put it up for $15k or nearest offer.
It's located in Brisbane, QLD, Australia.
If you're interested, please contact Peter Sims on info@pipeprofiling.com.au.

Regards
Ben Sims

52-fan
02-01-2016, 09:23 AM
That would be a fine car for the right person to restore. Unfortunately, it can't be me. :(

stude dude
02-03-2016, 04:53 AM
Hi Ben,

I have met your father a few times and spoke to him on the phone about a year ago. My father Des Skinner did supply him with a few N.O.S. parts for the Dictator about 15 years ago.

If Peter wants to advertise it, you or he are welcome to email us photos and details and we can put the add on our site and some of the club sites. Email chris@studeparts.com.au

Chris.

stude dude
02-03-2016, 05:04 AM
BTW, I saw a mention that T.J. Richards was taken over by GM/Holden. This is not true. TJR was taken over by Chrysler Corporation. They had been building Plymouth, Dodge and Desoto models alongside Studebakers for many years. In fact the Studebaker bodies were very much alike in appearance to their Mopar line mates. Some body hardware was most likely interchangeable. This is one of the challenges we face when trying to source parts for 1930's TJR bodied Studebakers.

Chris.

go-studebaker
02-04-2016, 11:01 AM
Hi Chris,
you are right with TJR being taken over by Cry slur. I think that the Studebaker line did not carry on with them after that changeover in 40 or so. The Studes were bodied by GMH There are some 1941 Studes in Oz with that body tag on them that I have seen.

Regards
Greg

Say hi to your dad for me.

Boogieman
02-05-2016, 12:38 AM
Hi Chris,
I remember your Dad's name from when mine was all keen on getting it going. Thanks for the offer to advertise it. I'll pass the email address to him.
Thanks for the replies.

Ben

Boogieman
12-24-2016, 04:49 AM
Hi,
It's been a while but my father is keen to move the car. He's looking for $10k but all offers considered.
He'll be putting it on eBay soon or you can contact him on info@pipeprofiling.com.au

Regards
Ben

t walgamuth
12-24-2016, 04:48 PM
Is that USD?

Boogieman
12-25-2016, 03:51 AM
I'm sure he will happily accept USD10,000 but I should have specified. AUD10,000 (USD7171) is the asking price.
Cheers
Ben

stude dude
12-26-2016, 03:41 AM
Ben, can you send us some details to put up on the website? We would be happy to pass on any photos and details to potential buyers.

Chris.