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nels
07-14-2013, 07:14 AM
While at the meet in Colorado Springs, my wife took a liking to a couple 56 wagons that were there. I'm curious as to what these are worth in various conditions from unrestored through restored driver quality. Are there many out there? Any available? I'm probably more curious than serious but I've been in this mode before and ended up buying.

BobPalma
07-14-2013, 07:30 AM
Remember, Nels; all 1956 Studebaker station wagons were 2-doors, even the El Cheapo Champion Pelham. So if you want one of the fancy President Pinehursts you and Margie admired in Colorado Springs, you'll need to be specific.

('Next time you are through West Chicago IL, stop at Scott Stastny's DeLuxe Autowerks and drool over his gorgeous, soft yellow 1957 Commander Parkview 2-door wagon with supercharged Golden Hawk power; gee, it's pretty. But it would be easier to sway Margie toward Scott's '57 than to talk Scott into selling it!) ;) BP

nels
07-14-2013, 07:47 AM
Not sure how specific I need to be. Probably would need to be a V8 to haul a small camper, the President would be best, I'm sure but something lesser may fit the bill?

Remember, Nels; all 1956 Studebaker station wagons were 2-doors, even the El
heapo Champion Pelham. So if you want one of the fancy President Pinehursts you and Margie admired in Colorado Springs, you'll need to be specific.

('Next time you are through West Chicago IL, stop at Scott Stastny's DeLuxe Autowerks and drool over his gorgeous, soft yellow 1957 Commander Parkview 2-door wagon with supercharged Golden Hawk power; gee, it's pretty. But it would be easier to sway Margie toward Scott's '57 than to talk Scott into selling it!) ;) BP

BobPalma
07-14-2013, 07:55 AM
Sure, a 259-powered Commander Parkview would do fine for your little camper trailer. It would be a lot less money than a President Pinehurst, too...with fewer pieces of one-year, one-model-only stainless-steel trim to find for the sides!

[And with over twice as many 1956 Parkviews made as 1956 Pinehursts (3,333 versus 1,522), it would also be easier to find a Parkview.:D] BP

Roscomacaw
07-14-2013, 10:44 AM
Does anyone know what has become of Mark vanDeventer's '56 Pinehurst? For that matter - what's become of Mark? He had a number of sharp, cool Studes - including a '58 Provincial that was RHD.

8E45E
07-14-2013, 10:50 AM
In Sacramento in 2003, there where three Pinehursts in a row. http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?57425-Eye-Candy-for-12-17-11-56-President-Pinehurst-wagon&highlight=Pinehurst

Craig

candbstudebakers
07-14-2013, 11:08 AM
If I were ever to get another wagon it would be a 56 they are super nice to look at and the colors you could have are out of this world, the yellow and black has always been my favorite , would be willing to trade something for one if anyone is interested. project or not.

SN-60
07-14-2013, 12:07 PM
'56 Studebaker sedans in general are nice looking. A bit 'cleaner' than what came later. And the '56 2dr wagons with the fiberglass GH style fins really do have 'eye appeal'!

PackardV8
07-14-2013, 04:29 PM
It takes all kinds. I walked right by very nice '56 wagons at the IM, but a friend who was there with me said they were his favorite of everything at the show.

jack vines

5859
07-14-2013, 05:04 PM
If you could settle for a 57 this looks like a good deal, comes with a 58 too. http://sacramento.craigslist.org/cto/3935399179.html Oh it's a 4 door sorry, didn't look that close. Still a good deal I think.

qsanford
07-14-2013, 05:46 PM
If you could settle for a 57 this looks like a good deal, comes with a 58 too. http://sacramento.craigslist.org/cto/3935399179.html Oh it's a 4 door sorry, didn't look that close. Still a good deal I think.

And, it's a Broadmoor! Nice.

sals54
07-14-2013, 07:39 PM
I will offer this once and only once. That's cuz I would really love to keep it. But I am building my house right now and am sure it'll take a while to get to it..... soooo...... here it is:
http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm197/sals54/IMG_4025_zpsc3dc9674.jpg (http://s296.photobucket.com/user/sals54/media/IMG_4025_zpsc3dc9674.jpg.html)http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm197/sals54/IMG_0483_zpsd480a068.jpg (http://s296.photobucket.com/user/sals54/media/IMG_0483_zpsd480a068.jpg.html)

It's killing me to even post this, but if you're looking for a good 56 Commander Wagon for a GREAT price... here it is. This car runs, in fact, I drove it here from my other house. It has a 259 V8 with automatic trans. The brakes are in need of complete overhaul, but I put wheel cylinder kits in it and a master cylinder kit in it just to make it movable. The body on this car is in very good shape. The front floors have rust in them, but for some reason, not in the body. The tailgate works and the hinges are not rusted out.
Anyway, this one time offer will conclude with this price: $2500.
If not, it's OK, I will build it when I get to it.

StudeDave57
07-14-2013, 08:02 PM
('Next time you are through West Chicago IL, stop at Scott Stastny's DeLuxe Autowerks and drool over his gorgeous, soft yellow 1957 Commander Parkview 2-door wagon with supercharged Golden Hawk power; gee, it's pretty. But it would be easier to sway Margie toward Scott's '57 than to talk Scott into selling it!) ;) BP
I'd sure like to see pictures of how it turned out!!!
I remember that car being for sale way back when- he got a good car to start with.
He then built what I have been wanting to for many many years.
But mine is an automatic... :yeahright:


In Sacramento in 2003, there where three Pinehursts in a row. http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?57425-Eye-Candy-for-12-17-11-56-President-Pinehurst-wagon&highlight=Pinehurst Craig

And at the time-- they were ALL owned by the same owner too- were they not?
I am thinking one has left the fleet since then for some reason... :confused:


Oh it's a 4 door sorry, didn't look that close. Still a good deal I think.
As do I, my friend, as do I!!! :!:
And Sal's ain't a bad one either.


Now, my opinion may be a bit flawed, since one of the wagons below has been in my life since the day I was born...

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w143/StudeDave/SDC%20pic%20post/moto_2120.jpg (http://s175.photobucket.com/user/StudeDave/media/SDC%20pic%20post/moto_2120.jpg.html)

But I have ALWAYS thought '57s looked better then the '56s.
So the saying IS true- opinions can, and do differ!!! ;) :ohmy:




StudeDave '57 :cool:

nels
07-14-2013, 10:25 PM
Sal, I'll run yours past my wife but I think she would prefer one more ready to go. I think she knows I'd never get it finished.


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UOTE=sals54;759701]I will offer this once and only once. That's cuz I would really love to keep it. But I am building my house right now and am sure it'll take a while to get to it..... soooo...... here it is:
http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm197/sals54/IMG_4025_zpsc3dc9674.jpg (http://s296.photobucket.com/user/sals54/media/IMG_4025_zpsc3dc9674.jpg.html)http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm197/sals54/IMG_0483_zpsd480a068.jpg (http://s296.photobucket.com/user/sals54/media/IMG_0483_zpsd480a068.jpg.html)

It's killing me to even post this, but if you're looking for a good 56 Commander Wagon for a GREAT price... here it is. This car runs, in fact, I drove it here from my other house. It has a 259 V8 with automatic trans. The brakes are in need of complete overhaul, but I put wheel cylinder kits in it and a master cylinder kit in it just to make it movable. The body on this car is in very good shape. The front floors have rust in them, but for some reason, not in the body. The tailgate works and the hinges are not rusted out.
Anyway, this one time offer will conclude with this price: $2500.
If not, it's OK, I will build it when I get to it.[/QUOTE]

candbstudebakers
07-14-2013, 10:41 PM
So Sal you drove that all the way from your old house to the new one huh? you didn't run any stop lights on the way did you? I might be tempted...Bob

PackardV8
07-14-2013, 11:14 PM
But I have ALWAYS thought '57s looked better then the '56s.

And I've always thought the '57 Packard wagons were the best looking of all.

And with the supercharged Golden Hawk engine, there's definitely no argument about having the best performance.

jack vines

sals54
07-15-2013, 12:48 AM
So Sal you drove that all the way from your old house to the new one huh? you didn't run any stop lights on the way did you? I might be tempted...Bob

Well, in all fairness, I did take it around the block while I had it out. You can't blame me for that, can you? But, yes. I did move to the next property over. The car is not a daily driver, by any stretch. But it is worth noting, that it does run and drive. That in itself is worth a couple of bucks.

candbstudebakers
07-15-2013, 02:29 AM
Ya I was just pulling your leg about living far away, the more I look at them the more I like them but just put my order in on a 62 Daytona hardtop with 289 and 4 speed.

SuperHawk
07-15-2013, 02:36 AM
Nels: PM sent.

Larry

clonelark
07-15-2013, 02:54 AM
Looks like a deal to me Sal, but I have a 55 Conestoga. A running V-8 Wagon for $2500 How could you go wrong. They are fun to drive and your trips to Lowes with them you can haul just about anything back home.

StudeRich
07-15-2013, 03:00 AM
Ya I was just pulling your leg about living far away, the more I look at them the more I like them but just put my order in on a 62 Daytona hardtop with 289 and 4 speed.
Really BOB? ...A '62? :p
I think you should reconsider Sal's Wagon. :oops:

I know opinions are just opinions, but it's mine and I am sticking to it. :D
'63's are much better '64's are BEST.

It's OK, if everyone agreed it would be a dull World! :(

nels
07-16-2013, 10:43 AM
Sal, I guessed right, my wife is very reluctant on a car that needs too much. If you were closer I'd have a better look but for now I better not get interested. Would still like to find one that is presentable or close to it.

sals54
07-16-2013, 12:48 PM
Sure nels. No problem. I understand very well how the ladies see cars. They often do not see through the dust and dents as we do.

PackardV8
07-16-2013, 12:58 PM
Same but different. Women see a guy with many problems but always assume they can whip him into shape once they're married. Stats show they're wrong 50% of the time. Guys see any car as one with potential. We're wrong most of the time, too.

jack vines


Sure nels. No problem. I understand very well how the ladies see cars. They often do not see through the dust and dents as we do.

sals54
07-16-2013, 01:33 PM
Hey Jack, that's a very astute observation. I never made that connection before but I will load that into my quiver for future use. Then again, in all fairness, you should have seen what I looked like when I first went out with my wife. She had to see through some pretty nasty grime and grease. But here we are 36 years later, and she is still my preferred pal, anywhere we want to go. And she lets me pick up these orphaned cars. What a deal, eh? She even helps me sell my cars. Here she is as a model helping me sell my GT. Still cute as a bug.
http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm197/sals54/IMG_4292_zps89db7213.jpg (http://s296.photobucket.com/user/sals54/media/IMG_4292_zps89db7213.jpg.html)