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raoul5788
02-23-2010, 05:19 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1955-STUDEBAKER-SPEEDSTER-RARE-FULLY-RESTORED-STREETROD_W0QQitemZ290405576249QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_Cars_Trucks?hash=item439d85 6e39

Too bad what this guy did to a Speedster. It's nicely done, but I wish he hadn't used a Speedster.


Chip
'63 Cruiser daily driver
'57 Packard wagon on the road!

Milaca
02-23-2010, 05:57 PM
The listing details makes mention of how rare the Speedsters are. But with the many modifications made to this car, its not really a Speedster anymore. What they have there is a very nice hot rod, but it's no longer a true Speedster (in my opinion).

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okc63avanti
02-23-2010, 06:58 PM
I think he did a nice job !

John

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63R-2386 under restoration & modification

billmdonn
02-23-2010, 07:09 PM
Not my cup of tea. The whole idea of taking chrome bumpers regardless of condition and painting them is a complete turnoff for me. But I am sure there is a percentage on the forum that love it.

TX Rebel
02-23-2010, 08:09 PM
Nice car if you are into rods but I agree that it is a shame that it happened to a rare Speedster. He should have built a 53 0r 54. No doubt it will get some good bids, though. The bumpers are chrome, but the builder wasn't ready to drop $1600. into Chrome for the grill pieces on a rod, and you can't blame him.

Barry'd in Studes

Chris_Dresbach
02-23-2010, 08:15 PM
I think it is a nice job, except the BBC engine.[xx(] One the other hand, I wouln't mind seeing a "before" picture of this car. The reason I say that is because I REALLY HOPE this thing was a nasty, bombed out speedster and it was easier to do this than restore it, and saved it from going to a scrap yard. If that's how it started out, he did a good job. Now, if it started out a really nice speedster, well..[?]

Chris Dresbach
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1940 Champion two door.
Parts of the 1952 Model N

3rdGenStude
02-23-2010, 09:01 PM
I don't think that's even a Speedster dash. Looks like a Hawk dash plate to me.

Paul

Paul

In memory of Boris, the 1950 Land Cruiser project,
. . . he became a down payment for. . .
Natasha, the 1955 Speedster project
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Steve T
02-23-2010, 09:30 PM
I like this one...the bumpers haven't been painted, just the chrome upper "snout" (which even Mr Bourke, who designed the car, would have preferred be body-colour). Would I rather a stock Speedster? Well, particularly if this one started as an intact original rather than little more than a hulk, yes; but would I be pleased to be seen driving this bowtie-powered red rocket around southern Ontario regardless? Again...yes. This car really catches the eye.

(I'd probably add some white to the overall red though, for a nice "Canada Day" effect...):D

S.

COMMANDERPINK1
02-23-2010, 10:33 PM
Do we know if it is a true Speedster? I do like the painted grille work on this one, some colors dont make the painting of them look right.
Tom

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Invalid User Name
02-24-2010, 04:39 AM
If he would chrome the V and S in the grill cavity, it would give it a better balance. Also a set of GT headlight rings really works on that year of car. We've seen that on others and it looks great.

Doug
Venice, Florida
1950 Champion
9G F1
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bams50
02-24-2010, 05:41 AM
Our feelings come from the perspective of being Studebaker enthusiasts. Most people couldn't care less about Studebakers and what models are significant. Probably this was built by a guy who just saw a cool body style and got an idea for a different street rod. Or maybe he didn't know what he was looking for and came across this in a barn for a cheap price so said what the heck, why not? I could picture somebody rolling it in the shop and doing what so many of the TV shows do- immediately toss the running gear and suspension without so much as a second look, chop off that weird-looking front clip, and starting from there. Happens all the time. I'd bet a build of this quality started with a pretty solid specimen, but I doubt he went looking specifically for a Speedster.

Maybe they got most of the way into the build and came across the info on the rarity. Instead of doing what a lot of us would do- hesitating about rodding a rare car- he may have just thought "hey neat, I'll remember to mention that when I sell it". Of course, being that modified it doesn't really matter much anymore.

At least it looks like a quality build.[8D]

Robert (Bob) Andrews- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys)
Parish, central NY 13131
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52-fan
02-24-2010, 12:21 PM
Beautiful job. I wish he wouldn't use the words restored and rod together, but it's a fine looking car.

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1952 Champion Starlight w/overdrive. Searcy, Arkansas

raprice
02-24-2010, 12:57 PM
Not my cup of tea. In fact it's not even a Studebaker. A hotrod maybe, but not a Studebaker.
Just my 2 cents.
Rog

'59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
Smithtown,NY
Long Island Studebaker Club

Jerry Forrester
02-24-2010, 12:58 PM
quote:Originally posted by 52-fan

Beautiful job. I wish he wouldn't use the words restored and rod together, but it's a fine looking car.

http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s186/52-fan/StudebakersofArkansas2-1.jpg"In the heart of Arkansas."
1952 Champion Starlight w/overdrive. Searcy, Arkansas


Well maybe it was a rod when he got it but it was well used and he restored back to it's former rodified glory as a rod.[}:)]

Jerry Forrester
Forrester's Chrome
Douglasville, Georgia

woodysrods
02-24-2010, 02:25 PM
Looks like a very nice job! Speedster or not he should have lost that ugly hood & grill while he was at it.
But everyone has a different point of view and different tastes.
This car will probably see more miles per year than most restored Studes.
Brian

Brian Woods
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1946 M Series (Shop Truck)
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Hippie
02-25-2010, 07:27 PM
Ouch. ;) The '55 front end is an acquired taste, I hated mine at first and wanted to replace it with a '53/'54 nose but they grow on you after awhile. Now I wouldn't trade it for anything.


quote:Originally posted by woodysrods

.........he should have lost that ugly hood & grill while he was at it.
But everyone has a different point of view and different tastes.


Analog man in a digital world.

woodysrods
02-26-2010, 10:10 AM
How long did it take to grow on you. I just don't see myself living long enough. But, I always use the old cliche "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" After all I have noticed there are guys in the SDC that think Larks look good??? "Boxes on Wheels"
Oops, know I have probably opened another can of worms.
But, good on ya man, for saving another Studebaker.
Good Roads
Brian
PS M Series are an aquired tate too!

Brian Woods
woodysrods@shaw.ca
1946 M Series (Shop Truck)
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raprice
02-26-2010, 10:19 AM
I don't have any problem with your not liking the Lark styling. I agree with you that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. I've owned my '59 Lark Regal Hardtop for 19 years now and have loved every moment. I particularly love the front end. To me, it's cute.
On the topic of the '55s, I hate to disappoint anyone, but I also love the front end of the '55s, particularly the Speedsters.
But, that's my own opinions.
I feel much better now.
Rog

'59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
Smithtown,NY
Long Island Studebaker Club

Hippie
02-26-2010, 06:34 PM
quote:Originally posted by woodysrods

How long did it take to grow on you. I just don't see myself living long enough.

It took about 6 months, when I removed the hood ornament and bumper guards it really cleaned up the front and I started getting a lot of compliments from people who had no clue it was supposed to be the "ugly duckling" of Studebakers.

Analog man in a digital world.

bams50
02-26-2010, 06:39 PM
I love Larks, but do not get thrilled with C/Ks at all. It's all good though, TEHO[^]

Robert (Bob) Andrews- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys)
Parish, central NY 13131
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GOD BLESS AMERICA

Steve T
02-26-2010, 07:56 PM
And I'm besotted with Larks too, but like the 53-55 Ks a great deal and the Cs (less glamorous though they're supposed to be) more still...

Takes all kinds, eh.[:p]

S.

woodysrods
02-26-2010, 08:21 PM
I have owned a 49 Shoebox for 32 years. Love it the most of all my car! So do know how Lark owners feel. With time I guess we can all get over those "When are you going to take it out of the box?" jokes.:)
Good Roads
Brian

Brian Woods
woodysrods@shaw.ca
1946 M Series (Shop Truck)
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johnod
02-27-2010, 04:02 PM
quote:Originally posted by bams50

I love Larks, but do not get thrilled with C/Ks at all. It's all good though, TEHO[^]

Robert (Bob) Andrews- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys)
Parish, central NY 13131
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GOD BLESS AMERICA


Well some guys like fat girls too, no accounting for taste.:)

Milaca
02-27-2010, 06:08 PM
I for one have always liked the 1955 front styling. It's very aerodynamic and I like the flush mounted turn signal lights and I like the chrome plating. Compare it to any other American made car in 1955 and this looks light years ahead in styling.
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In the middle of Minnestudea

JunkYardDog
02-28-2010, 02:00 AM
Pretty darn nice in my option, I think the paint looks great, I half way think the 55's were a little to heavy on the chrome grill anyway.

studebaker-R2-4-me
03-02-2010, 08:15 PM
Holy smokes, the owner re-listed the car after bidding went to $15,035 reserve not meet.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Studebaker-1955-SPEEDSTER-1955-STUDEBAKER-SPEEDSTER-RARE-FULLY-RESTORED-STREETROD_W0QQitemZ290409132220QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_Cars_Trucks?hash=item439dbb b0bc

The owner has a $48,000 Buy it Now on the car.

Just as a comparison a 400 point R2 Hawk is not even worth that.

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1964 R2 GT Hawk
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1963 Daytona Convertible
Oakville, Ontario.
Hamilton Chapter

bams50
03-03-2010, 04:36 AM
quote:Originally posted by johnod

[quote]Originally posted by bams50

I love Larks, but do not get thrilled with C/Ks at all. It's all good though, TEHO[^]


Well some guys like fat girls too, no accounting for taste.:)



Sounds like you're talkimg from experience maybe??:D

Robert (Bob) Andrews- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys)
Parish, central NY 13131
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GOD BLESS AMERICA