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Olivier
06-06-2014, 10:58 AM
I know that 81 Speedster were sold outside USA but I wonder how many were sold in Europa and North Africa . Does anybody know where I could find these infos ?
Also I would be pleased to be contacted by european Speedster owners and even by somebody wanting to sell a Speedster sold new Europe.
I am a french Studebaker owner (Golden Hawk 1958, Daytona 64 convertible, Commander Starliner 1955).
Any help will be greatly appreciated.

warrlaw1
06-06-2014, 11:50 AM
Greetings, Olivier. There are some very dedicated historians in the club that might just be able to help. There is a Speedster registry, as well. I'm sort of partial to those Commander "Starliners". After 54 I think they were just called Hardtops, but a rose by any other name is still a rose. Cheers.35415

Swiss-Goldenhawk
06-06-2014, 12:37 PM
Welcome here, Olivier

You have a nice collection then. Here in Switzerland I know of one or two Studebaker Speedsters 1955.

Regards

Rudy

8E45E
06-06-2014, 01:07 PM
I am a french Studebaker owner (Golden Hawk 1958, Daytona 64 convertible, Commander Starliner 1955).
Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Your answer may be here: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?70161-Speedster-for-the-registry&highlight=speedster+france ; but no idea if those three were sold new there.

Did you attend this meet by chance? http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?79745-Just-a-small-meet-in-France-today

Craig

55studeman
07-05-2014, 03:08 PM
Olivier,
Here's some info you asked for
FACTORY EXPORT SHIPPED SPEEDSTERS, way back in 1955...who knows where they are now.

Africa 5 (3 Morocco, 1 Egypt, 1 Congo)

Asia 1 (japan)

Europe 52 (10 Paris, France, 31 Switzerland *winning country for most exported Speedsters, 4 Portugal)

N. America 15 (Most to Canada)

S. America 7 (6 to Venezeula)

Unknown 1

Please send me message for any known European Speedsters to add to registry (include picture if possible). Thanks.

(This info and much more will be put up on Speedster website in the next year or so -long, long, long project).

avantilover
07-05-2014, 04:36 PM
There are some in Australia, including one converted to RHD just before the owner died.

Swiss-Goldenhawk
07-08-2014, 08:47 AM
Wow, didn't know that Switzerland imported that many Speedsters.

Cool facts.

warrlaw1
07-08-2014, 09:03 AM
The Swiss have excellent taste. Took the North Americans a little longer to warm to the "European" styling of the coupes.

8E45E
07-08-2014, 01:42 PM
N. America 15 (Most to Canada)

I suspect a good many of those 15 went to Cuba.

Craig

Swiss-Goldenhawk
07-08-2014, 01:43 PM
Here in Switzerland a lot of people love Studebakers. At most big shows there is at least one.

warrlaw1
07-08-2014, 02:17 PM
Well, Craig, I know at least 2 that stayed in Canada. There was no embargo on Cuba in 55. It started after 1958. If they were produced after the embargo, I'm sure we be smoking a lot better cigar :)

SN-60
07-08-2014, 04:40 PM
One of the nicest Hialeah Green/Sun Valley Yellow '55 Speedsters on the planet was owned by a fellow from Laterriere, Quebec, Canada (serial # 7154514...6HK7 52) but it was subsequently sold to a fellow from Switzerland. These cars sure get around!

8E45E
07-08-2014, 05:22 PM
Well, Craig, I know at least 2 that stayed in Canada. There was no embargo on Cuba in 55. It started after 1958. If they were produced after the embargo, I'm sure we be smoking a lot better cigar :)

There were MORE '58 Packard Hawks sold in Cuba than in Canada. (5 in Cuba vs. 3 in Canada)

Craig

55studeman
07-09-2014, 06:27 PM
I suspect a good many of those 15 went to Cuba.

Craig

Since you asked, here's breakdown:
N. America: 15 total Speedsters
12 to Canada
2 to Cuba
1 to Guam

8E45E
07-09-2014, 09:45 PM
Thanks for the info, though I figured there would be more than just two that went to Cuba. There were a number of affluent households on that island who would have bought fancier model like a Speedster at the time. Of course that all changed in 1959.

It would be interesting to know the destinations of those 12 Speedsters that came to Canada.

Craig

Olivier
09-05-2014, 04:36 PM
Thank you to all of you who sent so valuable infos and comments. I have not too much infos about "French Speedsters".
Only a sad thing: The Speedster in very poor condition I was about to purshase in France has been destructed a few monthes ago.
The car has been stolen for metal and scrapped. I hope to find another one but don't know when . I prefear to buy an export model but will consider one sold in USA. I have heard to say that a Speedster ( Green/yellow) was sold new in Italy and is still "alive". On the 52 Speedsters sold in Europa, 45 were sold in France/Switzerland/Portugal so I wonder where the remaining seven were sold.

SN-60
09-05-2014, 07:11 PM
Olivier,...A dark green/light green (non-stock colors) '55 President Speedster in excellent shape was for sale in the Netherlands in 2012. (mentioned before) And a Coraltone/Pimlico Grey/Coraltone Speedster, also in excellent condition, was up for sale in Belgium, in 2012 also.