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Mike Van Veghten
09-22-2016, 03:57 PM
Last weekend, while walking out of the local eatery, I see a 30something taking pictures of my grey primer, rusty, missing headlight rings, 54 4dr. sedan..!? Not sure why, but fine, take all you want.

Then last night, as I'm headed to the grocery store, a guy sees me coming down the parking lot drive, and yells out, "cool car" with his thumb in the air... This is the same rusty, grey primer, missing head light rings 54 4dr.

A while back a guy at a stop light ask me if it (same grey primered 4dr. as above) was for sale, I said no, he seemed to get pissed (the look on his face), asked me if I was sure...I said there's no "for sale" sign on it, he rolled up his window and stared straight ahead.

Sure...it's a little different...but...
Interesting anyway.

Mike

Commander Eddie
09-22-2016, 04:26 PM
Mike,
I know what you mean. I cannot go anywhere in either my '61 Champ truck or '55 President Sedan without being accosted by someone wanting to talk about them. I don't mind though. I meet some really nice people.

JRoberts
09-22-2016, 05:10 PM
I had a fellow stop me outside of a nearby building supply store asking about my '65 Cruiser. He asked if I would sell it. I said no and explained that it my uncle purchased it new and this there is a sentimental attachment to the car. He kept pushing the issue until I finally said that I had a '61 Pickup that I would consider selling if he was really interested in a Studebaker. I gave him an outlandish price along with my cell number. He was aghast at the price and I guess he was no longer interested. ;)

61LaRk4dr
09-22-2016, 05:28 PM
I don't want to be critical, but I am going to be critical. This is EXACTLY why some people don't bother with the hobby. We have all been there in the thralls of excitement seeing a "Different by Design" car on the road. And I am sure even some of us in the excitement have approached the lucky person asking "how much" or throwing out the thumbs up. I recall there was a post some time back asking what is to become of our beloved Studebaker's after the majority of us have left this earth. I recall some comments pointed to the lack of interest from the younger groups. Instead of finding people as being funny, how about inviting them to checkout the forum, or suggesting that there is a publication that has vehicles on sale regularly. We can't honestly expect people to take interest when we don't reach out in the first place. I will get out of my soap box. I am sure some will take it as it is and others will take it beyond what it was intended. Let it be known up front that I did not write this to offend anyone.

LovelandJoe
09-22-2016, 06:40 PM
Well said Brian

57pack
09-22-2016, 08:00 PM
I've had folks say "Studebaker, what's that?" And, "is that made in Germany?":eek:

TWChamp
09-22-2016, 08:43 PM
Well said Brian

I agree. I bought my first Studebaker and almost every car I own by just asking if they would care to sell the car. The guy that wanted to buy the 54 Sedan should have been told there's a beautiful Champion 4 door sedan on ebay for a very low price. In fact that's why I posted about it a few days ago. I still say Studebakers are under appreciated and under valued, and the best bargain for getting into the old car hobby. :)

dleroux
09-22-2016, 08:50 PM
I've had my share of thumbs up, and slack-jawed expressions as I've driven through neighborhoods. The one that really surprised me was a car of 4 elderly ladies, where I'd put the youngest in her late 70's and older ones into their 90's, but they dead stopped while turning through an intersection to look at my '63 R2 Avanti. However, the other night while entering the freeway, a guy rolls up in a new Lexus, rolls down his window and starts clapping. Applause, that's a new one for me.

tbredehoft
09-22-2016, 08:54 PM
An Old Fellow (like me) stopped me in the super market parking lot (as I was parking my '55 Land Cruiser (I Know.)) Wondered how much I wanted for it. I gave him a price about twice what I've seen better ones sell for, he said "It ought to be more, but it's beyond me." He was glad to see it, and I was glad he asked and didn't want it. I dont' want to sell it.

DEEPNHOCK
09-22-2016, 08:56 PM
A while back I was in the Wal-Mart (or was it Home Depot) with the Yellow POS ('37 CE) ...with the wife...
Getting ready to back out and a woman sticks her head in the window and starts gushing about this or that.
I made nice small talk and answered her questions, and then started to back up.
Another lady walks up and starts up another conversation....
After we were done chatting, and actually backed up and left, the wife looks over at me and asks me if that happened a lot..
"All the time dear....All the time"...
T'was a quiet ride back to the ranch:yeahright:

dleroux
09-22-2016, 09:19 PM
Waiting in about a hours worth to cross the border back to the U.S. from Vancouver, I popped the hood so as to not over-heat and shut things down as often as I could. Finally we creep up to the the border booth & the border patrol agent (kid), he looked to be about 20 years old, checks our documents, asks how the car show went, & then I told him I needed to get out to secure the hood & I didn't want any surprises. He said, "Go for it & can I take a look?" Right there at the border crossing at Blaine, the border patrol now are looking at the 289 humming along as I raise the hood. Explaining the super charger, the 1,552 number of R2's produced between '63 - '64, the Granetelli connection, and then I hear uh, "Dick, we still have to get home tonight." The Mrs. shut that down & off we went. Not only thumbs up from them but the same from the final agent who oversees everything from his vantage point behind the barricade.

StudeNewby
09-22-2016, 10:27 PM
Not a Studebaker, but...my wife and I were reading these stories and she tells me about an encounter she had recently. She was gassing up her Audi TT convertible, which if you're not familiar with them is a small, very round and curvy roadster, when a little old man walked up. He told her had worked on cars his whole life but didn't know that Audi even made something like that. April told him how well it handled and he said, "It's that wide track on such a small car." He walked all around to the rear end and held his hands out to demonstrate. April said to him, "Yeah, she's built like her mama." She got in and drove off, his mouth still hanging open.
That's my girl!

Xcalibur
09-22-2016, 11:01 PM
Welcome to the era of the "rat rod."

GrumpyOne
09-22-2016, 11:32 PM
Not a Studebaker, but...my wife and I were reading these stories and she tells me about an encounter she had recently. She was gassing up her Audi TT convertible, which if you're not familiar with them is a small, very round and curvy roadster, when a little old man walked up. He told her had worked on cars his whole life but didn't know that Audi even made something like that. April told him how well it handled and he said, "It's that wide track on such a small car." He walked all around to the rear end and held his hands out to demonstrate. April said to him, "Yeah, she's built like her mama." She got in and drove off, his mouth still hanging open.
That's my girl!

Well, since we got off topic... I drive daily an ancient '82 Honda Civic 1500 automatic and even though I use it as a "truck," nary a week goes by without someone asking or offering to buy it. I love the little bugger especially when it comes to gassing it up. Meanwhile, (Studebaker content), the Power awaits final detailing and the '55 Prez state sedan is next in line.

I'm one of those people who believe that computers should reside on a desktop or on your lap, not in a freakin' car!

voxnut
09-23-2016, 01:44 AM
It's funny, when I'm out driving the Lark Wagon, hardly anyone reacts positively or negatively - it's like it is invisible. I'm a little surprised, just because I'm one who tends to complement folks on their cool cars with either a "hey, nice car!" or a thumbs up.

studeclunker
09-23-2016, 03:06 AM
I haven't driven Bess ('56 Parkview) for a while, however when she does get out she gets looks, shabby as she is. There are constant traffic stops up here in the northern People's Republic of California. People often stroll or run up, look at the tailgate and get confused by the lack of brand. Often I can hear them call back to their own car, "I don't know, all the tailgate says is Parkview!" I lean out the window and tell them She's a Studebaker. Then comes the usual conversation:
"Who made Studebakers?"
"Studebaker."
"Yeah, but who made them?"
"They were an independent Car maker like Nash or Hudson, now orphaned as they went out of business in 1966."
Some people insist they were made by Ford or Chevy. The latter is more often cited as the company did use the motors for two years. The former is often cited due to the 289 which they insist was a strictly Ford design. No... Studebaker had it ten years before Fred. Sometimes though their minds are made up and I just leave them alone without confusing them any more by facts.
Usually by this time traffic started to move and they ran back to their cars.
Kind of a fun way to kill time on a hot summer afternoon whilst waiting for Caltrans to pull their heads out of their civilservice a... well you get my drift...

The Champs also draw attention, but admittedly not as much as Ol' Bess.

Mrs K Corbin
09-23-2016, 07:35 AM
@ Deep N Hock......:lol:LMAO!!!!!!

Mrs K Corbin
09-23-2016, 07:40 AM
I had a guy recently accosting me who wanted my 2R5 more than his 401K until he saw it didn't have a 350 chevy installed....LOL
Yep welcome to the age of Rat-Rods....

StudeNewby
09-23-2016, 09:28 AM
I had a guy recently accosting me who wanted my 2R5 more than his 401K until he saw it didn't have a 350 chevy installed....LOL
Yep welcome to the age of Rat-Rods....

:eek: Shaking my head...

52-fan
09-23-2016, 09:57 AM
I seem to get more offers for my 89 Dodge pickup than my Studebaker, although the Stude gets a share of photos and the occasional thumbs up. The rat rod crowd likes it as is, but they will be disappointed if I ever get it painted. ;)

Commander Eddie
09-23-2016, 12:40 PM
I don't want to be critical, but I am going to be critical. This is EXACTLY why some people don't bother with the hobby. We have all been there in the thralls of excitement seeing a "Different by Design" car on the road. And I am sure even some of us in the excitement have approached the lucky person asking "how much" or throwing out the thumbs up. I recall there was a post some time back asking what is to become of our beloved Studebaker's after the majority of us have left this earth. I recall some comments pointed to the lack of interest from the younger groups. Instead of finding people as being funny, how about inviting them to checkout the forum, or suggesting that there is a publication that has vehicles on sale regularly. We can't honestly expect people to take interest when we don't reach out in the first place. I will get out of my soap box. I am sure some will take it as it is and others will take it beyond what it was intended. Let it be known up front that I did not write this to offend anyone.

Brian, I can assure you I always encourage people to consider owning a Studebaker, citing how much fun they are to drive, the local support group, parts availability and how affordable they are. I also keep a stack of "The Studebaker Story" brochures in my vehicles to hand out.

StudebakerGene
09-23-2016, 01:01 PM
My wife and I just did the 30th "Hot August Nights" with our Champ P/U, I had spent months putting new suspension, tires,wheels and motor upgrades to get ready. Even though it has an over 40 year old single stage paint job (which I wet sanded and buffed several times) we still were awarded peoples choice awards at 3 Casino's gatherings. I think my wife was even more surprised when we drove the downtown Reno and Sparks parades, the amount of people jumping over barricades running out to find out what kind of vehicle it was. I think that if you are going to drive an antique, especially something as different as a Studebaker, you have to be mindful that you are actually an Ambassador for the Marquee--- Like it or not. It really makes all the hard work somewhat worthwhile to watch some young person become so excited about our cars and trucks. Same here though, "who made Studebaker?"

wittsend
09-23-2016, 01:08 PM
At least you have a '54. I'm often stuck explaining to people that my '64 (Lark type) isn't a Rambler. And when I do, regardless of how polite I address them, they feel half insulted for being corrected. A lot of times at a car show people have a board stating what their car is. Perhaps I should have one stating what a Studebaker isn't.

Noxnabaker
09-23-2016, 02:40 PM
As my Studebaker is standing still cause of engine problems I drive my -69 Citroen AMI6 all the time & yesterday my work-pal said "why don't you park here where we work?"
We're working just where the city begins so I had to tell him "I don't want loads of people who're walking by asking questions all day because their memories are as short as they are...
The Studebaker, or just about any car I have, is treated the same way 'cause I have them for what they were built for = to be driven, + the simple fact that I don't want a modern car because they bore me & I like staying awake.

TWChamp
09-23-2016, 02:56 PM
My 1950 Champion will have to be my daily driver until I can get my 1999 OLDS running again. Today I drove to the metal yard to buy some more stainless, like I used to make my heat shield. I told a couple workers what a nice difference the heat shield made in how the car starts, both hot and cold, and they thanked me for the information. When I was putting the metal into the trunk another customer remarked what a nice car I had. I thanked him and said, "yes, it's the best car ever made". Then he said "is it a Hudson?"

The Hudson is a first for me, but a couple years ago, twice in the same day, people asked me if it was a Tucker.

jerezstude
09-23-2016, 03:02 PM
You should see the reaction to an operational WIG-WAG light!
Jerry Kurtz

61LaRk4dr
09-23-2016, 04:16 PM
Brian, I can assure you I always encourage people to consider owning a Studebaker, citing how much fun they are to drive, the local support group, parts availability and how affordable they are. I also keep a stack of "The Studebaker Story" brochures in my vehicles to hand out.

I am certain you do, as I have had some positive interactions with you. The criticism was not directed at any one person, but more as a response to what I have observed over the last few years.

Mike Van Veghten
09-23-2016, 06:44 PM
I have three running Studebakers.

Every coupla/few weekends I head to my local In-n-Out for lunch.

If they look at all, people just kinda stare at my rusty, grey, 4dr. sedan. Though one time the girl handing out the food asked "if I was going to fix it up". I told her "no...it's just a running parts car for another car I have at home", she said, "you have more of these..?" I nodded yes, she smiled back.

If they look at all, people just stare at my 59 Lark, 2dr. wagon.

I get the most comments on my 54, Conestoga. One guy actually came out from sitting and eating and told me he liked the "blue" car (the Conestoga) better than the "white" car (59 wagon !).

Mike

Mrs K Corbin
09-26-2016, 08:53 AM
Yes, it's a Studebaker Tucker, and for about half of what you can get a TUCKER for, I'll sell you this one....... :!!:


My 1950 Champion will have to be my daily driver until I can get my 1999 OLDS running again. Today I drove to the metal yard to buy some more stainless, like I used to make my heat shield. I told a couple workers what a nice difference the heat shield made in how the car starts, both hot and cold, and they thanked me for the information. When I was putting the metal into the trunk another customer remarked what a nice car I had. I thanked him and said, "yes, it's the best car ever made". Then he said "is it a Hudson?"

The Hudson is a first for me, but a couple years ago, twice in the same day, people asked me if it was a Tucker.

TWChamp
09-26-2016, 11:33 AM
Yes, it's a Studebaker Tucker, and for about half of what you can get a TUCKER for, I'll sell you this one....... :!!:

When I parked my 50 Champion in front of the Studebaker Museum in South Bend two years ago I arrived and hour early, so I started polishing my chrome. An older guy comes by and asks what the car is worth. I told him maybe $12,000, and he said "oh no, that car has to be worth $100,000 because they don't make them anymore". Then he said it has to be worth at least $50,000.

dannyo
09-27-2016, 07:58 AM
i wished i could get attention on my old builder studies i want people to buy them , sold a few this year , as i sell parts & cars , around here no one wants to give any thing for studies just fords, chevys, mopar s are really hard to find if you do thay go high, like 60 darts, valiants, stuff like that, even a friend i have knowen 50 yrs has went to buying 55 56 57 chevys he cant even get a low price for studies???? so it is a very soft market on them i have 4 more to sell then i will keep the rest i have i guess & try to fix them or thay will be in my estate when i go .

BILT4ME
09-28-2016, 06:39 PM
I love driving our 59 Lark. I think it's because the paint color is the Seamist Green, and is bright and different enough to get everyone's attention. If it was red or black, it would not be noticed as much and therefore, not as interesting.

We get the "Who made Studebaker?" a lot as well as the "How much do you want for it?" We get mistaken for a Nash and sometimes a Valiant. As I sat in bumper to bumper traffic on a four-lane interstate, creeping along, I had a lengthy conversation with the folks next to me as they were admiring it and were astounded that I daily drive it and it is all stock.

The most interesting was a guy at Quik Trip at 10:30 at night. We stopped to get a cool drink (my son and I) and we were the only customers in the store. This guy was FREAKING OUT (as in WAAAYYYY over the top) on the appreciation of the car. He had a real hard time controlling his language, and was just so excited. he was born in 58 and I got to hear about every car he had ever owned as well.

It was actually exciting to see what length this guy was going to for the excitement. He had a 4-year old's excitement in a 55 year old's body.......

We enjoy all the comments we get. Although, our 16 year old son does not get the questions from the older drivers like I do (when he's driving it by himself.) He thinks that because the people that see him think he knows nothing about it, but I know he can recite verbatim the stuff I'll tell them (because he's heard it so many times)

We go to Cars and Coffee and we're the only Studebaker there........

r1lark
09-28-2016, 07:32 PM
When I got my '64 GT Hawk in the mid 1980s, one of the first questions I got was whether it was a Rolls Royce :). And this was from a guy that circled 360 degrees around the car and had to see the 'Studebaker' name in at least one of the two places........