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vanman
12-18-2009, 10:02 PM
Hello Everyone!
I live 15 miles from the old Studebaker testing ground.
Well I went to look at a gun cabinet a guy advertised for sale.
When I walked in his garage he had an Avanti and these 2 signs hanging on his garage wall!
I looked at his gun cabinets and passed because they were newer fiberboard...
I then asked what he needed for the signs...
He said he'd have to ask his wife??? hahaha
I then asked what he paid for them and he said he'd have to ask his wife BUT he thought $200...
I asked if $1000 would buy them and AGAIN he said let me ask my wife??? So I said Listen Sir.....
It's Christmas and all....I'll give you your Original 200 Back that you paid for the signs, PLUS I'll give you $1000 on top of that for a total of $1200 BUT ONLY on 1 condition!!!!
The guy stopped and paused.....and said What condition is that????
I said YOU DON'T ASK YOUR WIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!:D
He laughed his butt off for a few minutes then said SOLD!!!!
Here they are guys!!!
Enjoy!!! Cause it's a true story!
4 foot 2 sided porcelain sign MINT
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s267/tomvanholten/DSC08171.jpg
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s267/tomvanholten/DSC08165.jpg
4 foot diameter
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s267/tomvanholten/DSC07816-1.jpg

barnlark
12-18-2009, 10:09 PM
I just found the same ones for $100!

Chris_Dresbach
12-18-2009, 10:14 PM
15 miles from the proving grounds 'eh? Shoot, I've bicked there and back! I live almost behind the woods, behind shout bend motor speedway. Welcome to the forum neighbor![:o)]:) Great find!

Chris Dresbach

vanman
12-18-2009, 10:37 PM
barnlark, Wanna sell them? hahahah Dont ask your wife??
hahahahaha
Chris, Yes we are neighbors...
I'm debating buying a 57 goldenhawk...Lady has it here in laporte...

edpjr
12-18-2009, 10:40 PM
Gorgeous items! You never know what someone has hidden away in their garage, basement or attic.
[8D]

edp/NC
'63 Avanti
'66 Commander

Chris Pile
12-18-2009, 10:45 PM
Very nice signs!

Chris Pile
Editor: The Studebaker Special
http://midwaystudebakers.tripod.com/

Milaca
12-18-2009, 10:49 PM
How does one know if you are looking at an authentic original sign or a recently made reproduction? Are there any special markings to look for?

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2671/4149448710_41d6dfe9bc_t.jpg
Lark ala mode
In the middle of Minnesota

mbstude
12-18-2009, 11:05 PM
Those look real to me. That porcelain finish would be very hard to duplicate. The round one has a chip in it, which looks the same as other chipped signs I've seen.

The early Authorized Service sign has to be the nicest one I've ever seen. Even at $1200, I think you could sell them both and at least double your money.

vanman
12-18-2009, 11:51 PM
Thanks for the replies!
Yes they are definately real!
The sign is marked by the maker! Here is a closeup!
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s267/tomvanholten/DSC08172.jpg
And the 4 for diameter is in it's original hanging bracket....
Lastly I found the sign in the priceguide from 2005! Books 6,000
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s267/tomvanholten/DSC08176.jpg
I agree this is the nicest one I've EVER seen also. There is one on ebay for 4500 with bullet holes!
It's large at 4 foot wide X 30 inches tall
Thanks Again!!!
Tom
219 326 5955

Roscomacaw
12-19-2009, 12:23 AM
What about the Avanti???

http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/30906179/aview/58_Avatar.jpg
1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1963 Cruiser
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

StudeRich
12-19-2009, 12:35 AM
quote:Originally posted by mbstude

/Cut/The early Authorized Service sign has to be the nicest one I've ever seen. Even at $1200, I think you could sell them both and at least double your money.

I think you could too Matt...but don't tell his wife! :D

StudeRich

Silverplate
12-19-2009, 08:24 AM
You got a great deal!

http://cgi.ebay.com/STUDEBAKER-PORCELAIN-DEALER-SIGN_W0QQitemZ180434995426QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item2a02c38 8e2

Mike Jones
Pembroke Pines, FL

http://photos.smugmug.com/photos/101583844_WSBai-Ti.jpg

vanman
12-19-2009, 11:20 AM
Yes I seen the one on ebay with bullet hole for 4500...
I called the gentleman this morning to see if he wants to sell the Avanti? He will decide after the first of the year he said??? He bought the avanti new as he is the original owner...

studefan
12-20-2009, 08:29 AM
Wow. That didn't take long Tom.

I see you have the top sign for sale on Craigslist for $9999.00.

studefan
12-20-2009, 08:30 AM
Wow. That didn't take long Tom.

I see you have the top sign for sale on Craigslist for $9999.00.

Bill Pressler
12-20-2009, 12:48 PM
quote:Originally posted by studefan

Wow. That didn't take long Tom.

I see you have the top sign for sale on Craigslist for $9999.00.


Wow, I love the second sign. I'm looking right now at a 1966 color photo of a Stude dealer owned by a friend of mine at the time, in Pennsylvania and they had that very sign hanging on the side of their building. But honestly, their sign in '66 was already looking weatherbeaten compared to yours!

Bill Pressler
Kent, OH
'63 Lark Daytona Skytop R1
'64 Daytona Hardtop

mbstude
12-20-2009, 01:14 PM
Bill, if you are genuinely interested in one of those 4 foot diameter round signs, a friend of mine has one he may sell. Not cheap, but a lot less than $9999.00.....

Matthew Burnette
Your Friendly Stude Trim Bender
http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk179/1959S2D/th_mouldinnnnn001-1.jpg

vanman
12-20-2009, 01:41 PM
I collect gas and oil signs mainly so I will gladly sell or trade to get what I want...
The 48 inch diameter round sign is also for sale at 3500...
I will buy any gas and oil or auto signs also...Email me pics of what you have and price! I pay cash...
I have a large collection and constantly look for quality signs!
tom
tomvanholten@csinet.net
219-326 5955

vanman
12-20-2009, 02:26 PM
WOW!
Guy just called from the craigslist add and the top sign is SOLD!
Merry Christmas and God Bless America!

Bill Pressler
12-20-2009, 02:30 PM
quote:Originally posted by mbstude

Bill, if you are genuinely interested in one of those 4 foot diameter round signs, a friend of mine has one he may sell. Not cheap, but a lot less than $9999.00.....

Matthew Burnette
Your Friendly Stude Trim Bender
http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk179/1959S2D/th_mouldinnnnn001-1.jpg






Matthew, thanks for thinking of me. But it'd have to be three figures for me to consider, and I know it's not that. Couldn't justify any more with work needing to be done to both my cars next year and Stude funding being significantly hampered by the family trip to Italy in the summer. Don't get me started on that!:D

Bill Pressler
Kent, OH
'63 Lark Daytona Skytop R1
'64 Daytona Hardtop

DieselJim
12-20-2009, 02:48 PM
Hi Tom I'm also a neighbor living around the corner from Chris. I know of a 56 Golden Hawk for sale. Jim