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    Since you guys know so much...

    I'm always surprised while reading these threads how much knowledge there is about even specific cars by people who regularly post here. Someone will say, "I remember that one from 15 years ago. It was owned by Joe Shmo from Kokomo and he repaired the left, rear fender and put a new power steering pump in it before selling it. Looks like it's had something or other done to it since."

    Anyone know anything about this one in the Chicago area:

    https://chicago.craigslist.org/wcl/c...616075789.html

    I've seen it on another internet car site 6 or 8 months ago so it's been on the market a while though this is the first time I've seen it on CL.

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    This one was for sale last summer in Indiana. I was interested but my mother getting sick and a business trip out of the country kept me from it before it sold
    Mike sal

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    I thought the wagon that went for $2K less was a much better buy. Even with the added accessories, you've got another several $100.'s - $1000. to get things right...

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    I am guessing that it is a Canadian built 1964 Cruiser and that the 05-- that they give for a "VIN" should be C5----.
    It is a well equipped car with A/C, ps, pdb and AM/FM radio.
    IMO, the price is way too high considering the condition, espcially the seats, and having too many doors (I know that some like four doors, but I am talking about how the market sees them). .
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    Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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    If that car was perfect, meaning never had any rust repair and after examining the under side and finding no issues I would try to haggle for it. 64 Cruisers were wonderful cars. I'd say 2 grand invested after haggling and buying would put this car in top condition. It may be almost there now. Somebody needs to consider purchasing that car. Definitely not a project car. It dosen't have to be concourse perfect. Run it as is and protect it from deterioation. jimmijim
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    Cruisers which are nicer than this one come up fairly regularly for less money. Even 2-3 thousand less. I'd keep a sharp eye if I were you. Given the interior and a few of the unknowns, I would expect to pay closer to 5K for this one, or one like it.
    sals54

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    The question would be, "keep a sharp eye out" where? I just don't know where to look other than Ebay, CL, etc. Any suggestions for other places to search?

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    I agree with Sal, 5,000-6,000 is probably the market. It's a nice survivor car.

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    Sal, let us know when a better one shows up at a CASO price. cheers jimmijim
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    The secret to success is trolling. I look at all the Craigslist major cities along the West Coast almost every day. I search for most anything that interests me. Sometimes I'm searching for Studebakers, or Mercedes 450SLs, or Kellisons, or whatever. But whatever you are searching for, be dilligent. I just bought a 450SL for half its value just because I happened to be looking for one. It showed up on CL and I had it bought within a couple hours of it showing up.
    A few years ago I was trolling CL for Studes just before I went to bed. A 62 Convert showed up for SUPER cheap. I emailed the guy and as the first contact, I bought the car first thing the next morning. Sight unseen. It was THAT cheap.
    I found an MGA roadster last year, which is a running car, for cheap. Again, I was the first contact and got it for the asking price. He said, (as did the Convertible seller), that his phone has been ringing off the hook since he posted, but I had first dibs.
    So, if you're serious about buying, then you have to go on a rampage. Search every day. And beyond your back yard. A 4 hour drive with a trailer can save many thousands of dollars in your purchase.
    Years ago, I was looking for a new truck. I called all around the Sacramento/San Francisco area. I was able to find the truck I wanted, 4 hours away, but I saved $5000 from any of the dealers in my area.
    Same concept for old cars too. Shop all around and be patient.
    sals54

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