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guyina4x4
09-14-2013, 11:57 AM
Imagine that, Another Stude right here in my home town and I've never seen it before. and it's for sale! I talked to the guy Kevin is his name, he's asking way too much for it, but as I was walking away he said he'd take $10000 for it, he really wants to sell it, so I'm guessing he'd take less. it is a nice looking car, runs pretty good, I didn't drive it. the new paint is good, the prep work was a little lacking. the interior looks nice but the quality may be questionable. if I wasn't looking for a V-8 car I'd be very interested. here are some pics I took with my phone, https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resid=E602ED330E3CBB83!2817&authkey=!APtT3zKU0JLrhT4 IF you're interested call KEVIN at 309-937-5242 thanks Scott

52hawk
09-14-2013, 12:41 PM
Too many doors,and not enough cylinders. Nice looking car though.

Swifster
09-14-2013, 12:56 PM
I'd rather have Kelli's '53...

unclemiltie
09-14-2013, 03:11 PM
It all depends what you want and like. 4 door cars do not move very quickly especially those in the mid 1950's, if that is what you want, then I say go for it. If you think you may want to resell later you should understand that you may be waiting a long time for a buyer to come along. The six cylinder models move even slower. I cannot see the pictures as clear as I would like but the one of the trunk indicates to me there may be rust repairs in the car so I would check it over real closely to make sure there is not a lot of bondo in it. V8 models are more drivable as the six is moving a lot of body with that car.

SN-60
09-14-2013, 03:21 PM
I like the '55 Champs! They were 'more car' than the comparable '53's, If all the chrome work were done, the value of this car may be 10K+, but it all needs doing, and that will set the buyer back thousands.

guyina4x4
09-14-2013, 05:30 PM
yea, I'm not thinking about buying this car, I'm looking for a Lark with a V-8 and OD. I just thought I'd put it out there for you guys. and being new to this old Stude thing I wanted to compare my notes to the pros.

Dick Steinkamp
09-14-2013, 05:45 PM
I sold this 55 Champion for 6k. Looks in similar condition than the yellow one you are looking at.

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/1955%20Sedan/a5e1-4.jpg

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/1955%20Sedan/12f9jpgph4S5WIBM.D1-2.jpg

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/1955%20Sedan/1beb-1.jpg

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/1955%20Sedan/690b.jpg

If you can get it for that or less you will probably be OK if you ever decide to sell it.

I think the seller is dreaming at $10k (and hallucinating at $22,500 :eek:)

jnfweber
09-14-2013, 07:25 PM
I like the '55 Champs! They were 'more car' than the comparable '53's, If all the chrome work were done, the value of this car may be 10K+, but it all needs doing, and that will set the buyer back thousands.

I just decided I like the looks of the '55 4-dr sedans better than the '53-'54's. Not so for the C and K models.

SN-60
09-14-2013, 08:14 PM
I just decided I like the looks of the '55 4-dr sedans better than the '53-'54's. Not so for the C and K models.

After seeing the one that Steinkamp used to own.....who would ever disagree with You?

Dick Steinkamp
09-14-2013, 10:08 PM
After seeing the one that Steinkamp used to own.....

...and Bob Peterson before me.

candbstudebakers
09-15-2013, 12:25 AM
And how many more after you Dick?? but is was a nice running driving car for a 6 cyl. with auto. it would have a hard time spinning the wheels on grease rack.

Nox
09-15-2013, 03:18 AM
The -55 Ultra Vista 4-door are just so COOL ! ! !
(I didn't have a clue until I went to look at mine the first time)
"To many doors"??? ...yeah, on a coupe maby.

jimmijim8
09-15-2013, 05:33 AM
4 doors are a fact of life I can live with. I actually prefer a 64 Cruiser over any Stude other than a Hawk/Avanti for that year. Xcepting the convertible which even then might come down to the flip of a coin if I was faced with a real life decision. Some folks can spiff up a 4 dr rendering it very easy to look at and I've seen other examples that sorta give a 4 dr. a bad name. There is a fine line between stodgy and stately. 4 doors ain't stepchildren to everybody. cheers jimmijim

guyina4x4
09-15-2013, 05:52 AM
I sold this 55 Champion for 6k. Looks in similar condition than the yellow one you are looking at.

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/1955%20Sedan/a5e1-4.jpg

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/1955%20Sedan/12f9jpgph4S5WIBM.D1-2.jpg

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/1955%20Sedan/1beb-1.jpg

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/1955%20Sedan/690b.jpg

If you can get it for that or less you will probably be OK if you ever decide to sell it.

I think the seller is dreaming at $10k (and hallucinating at $22,500 :eek:)

I thought so too, this blue car is much nicer from what I can see, the front bumper and all the front chrome is badly pitted on the yellow car. the owner of the yellow car told me " I think I paid to much for this car"

Nox
09-15-2013, 06:31 AM
I couldn't see the pictures from skydrive, can you show them here?
Please...?

jimmijim8
09-15-2013, 06:37 AM
Any body looking to buy a Stude should include in their search attending a Stude Zone meet or suchever There is always a car or few looking for a new owner that can be had for a fair price. You will get many opinions on it's worth and condition. cheers jimmijim

Swifster
09-15-2013, 07:09 AM
I think the car Dick had looks much nicer. If I bought a 4-door, it would have to be a V8.

SN-60
09-15-2013, 07:53 AM
The -55 Ultra Vista 4-door are just so COOL ! ! !
(I didn't have a clue until I went to look at mine the first time)
"To many doors"??? ...yeah, on a coupe maby.

And MANY of what are considered 'factory performance models' of today are four door cars.

Dick Steinkamp
09-15-2013, 09:56 AM
I couldn't see the pictures from skydrive, can you show them here?
Please...?

Here's a few...

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/55_zps3a9b5869.jpg

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/55-1_zps5e1597be.jpg

Swifster
09-15-2013, 10:00 AM
I'll take the '63 Impala sedan...

Dick Steinkamp
09-15-2013, 10:01 AM
And how many more after you Dick?? but is was a nice running driving car for a 6 cyl. with auto. it would have a hard time spinning the wheels on grease rack.

It is interesting to see Studes we have owned re-surface. We have seen this one change hands a few more times...each new owner improved an already nice car.

The 6 is the "big" 185 version and with the first gear start auto, it wasn't dangerous, but still somewhat embarrassing. :o

guyina4x4
09-15-2013, 01:45 PM
I'll take the '63 Impala sedan...
The Impala is $10000 or best offer, id guess best offer, I didn't think much
Of it, he also had a 60 something dodge boat there for $3500