View Full Version : The amazing collection - with pictures

04-23-2006, 06:01 PM
Here are some shots of some of the cars I described a couple months ago. Sorry, Mr. Biggs: I forgot to get a picture of the Subaru Justy.

I hope you enjoy these. You can try a little armchair car spotting.

This only shows a fraction of the collection. I took more pictures in his barns in 2 hours than I did in europe in 3 weeks!

04-23-2006, 06:23 PM
WOW!......I cannot believe those cars on the "second level sitting on those "planks." (really how good is that support system?)

04-23-2006, 06:28 PM
Well, you have to watch your step! He's a mechanical engineer and designed it. It's quite a structure.

Dick Steinkamp
04-23-2006, 06:51 PM
quote:Originally posted by Scott

Here are some shots of some of the cars I described a couple months ago.

WOW! Where are they, Scott? Is the collection open to the public?


04-23-2006, 06:55 PM
Not exactly open top the public, but I understand the Classic Car Club in the Minneapolis area is meeting there next weekend.

In the other barn is a 1948 Continental (V12) needing restoration and a neat 1936 (?) Huppmobile sedan. I can post a picture of them later. Also there are the 1958 Studebakers, more Avantis, more hawks, a Packard Caribbean convertible and a couple 1959 Cadillacs. Pretty neat stuff.

04-23-2006, 08:07 PM
WOW! WHAT A COLLECTION! Reminds me a LOT of Dr. Cade's collecion. (A baby blue/white 53 HT, four door Avanti, prewar cars, Speedsters, several buildings, etc...) Only Dr. Cade's are perfect and show ready. He's got about 70 or so I think in near perfect shape. Plus another 100+ parts cars and future builders. His son is Stephen of Stephen Allen's Auto Parts. ( mystudebaker.com ) If anyone has any queastions, I'll be down there, with a digital camera, for the SouthEast Zone Meet. On Sunday, after the show, everyone will go to Doc's warehouses. (4 or 5 of them FILLED with Studes). Trust me, I'll take some pics...
(might have to start a 3rd webshots.com page) And of course another great thing is me getting to drive Mr. Jeff Rice's 37 CE... again.

Here's the only pics I have of Doc's place. This is only 1 building... http://community.webshots.com/album/452672271eEupHY

Matthew Burnette, the 16 year old Stude nut.
South Georgia Chapter
63 Daytona HT (project)
51 Stude dump truck (yes, I won the raffle)
52 Commander Starliner (basket case)

MANY more Studes in the family and a few parts cars
And here: http://community.webshots.com/user/mbstudepagetwo

04-23-2006, 09:08 PM
Here are more pictures:

04-23-2006, 10:14 PM
That'd be my place if I had the money.[}:)] In some ways, I'm glad I don't.:D

Miscreant at large.

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President 2-dr
1955 President State
1951 Champion Biz cpe
1963 Daytona project FS

04-23-2006, 10:42 PM
Pretty cool shots, Scott.:) Supposedly, there's a place a few county's away from me, here in AL, that has two or three levels of Studes as well. I believe the original owner (and creator of the muti-tiered building) is now deceased, so they are probably just sitting there, wasting away.:(

1951 Commander Starlight Coupe (aka "Stella")

04-23-2006, 11:12 PM
They're okay...I guess...I really want to see the Subaru Justy though[}:)]

Seriously, great collection but what's that white car with the pointy nose in the 4th from the last photo?

63 Avanti R1 2788
1914 Stutz Bearcat
(George Barris replica)

Washington State

04-24-2006, 09:22 AM
Actually, I paid no notice to that white car with the pointy nose, but when I looked at the photo I took later, I was wondering the same thing. I know that in the garage with the Continental there is a Pantera that belongs to a friend of this fellow. It's OK, but I like the Subaru Justy better. I also really like his Borward Isabella coupes, but at this time they are all rough. One of them is a parts car.

He also has a supercharged 1958 Packard wagon he is planning on restoring, but I didn't take a picture of that.

Tonight I'll post some more of the pictures I took.

04-24-2006, 09:38 AM
Amazing! Like Biggs,if I ever won the lottery....
I was in Florida once,and had I known about the Cade collection I sure would have tried to get a visit.

04-24-2006, 09:44 AM
Could you run a short version of the story behind the collection again for us new-"B's".I know of a similar but smaller collection gathering dust & pigeon poop, wil try to get out there & take a few photo's

04-24-2006, 10:04 AM
I really haven't asked much about why he has the collection except that they are cars he likes. It seems he has been collecting them for probably at least 30 years. I know he continues to add to the collection, but most of the cars he buys are needing restoration. Sometimes he'll buy cars in really good condition, too.

The collection includes several non-studebakers, but is probably 75% or more Studebakers and Packards. I think the oldest thing in the collection is a Studebaker buggy. The collection also includes a few Weasles, Avanti body bucks for production, a specially made Avanti 4 door interior for display only that is opened on top and tilted, tractors, a Crosley, a Kaiser Darrin (quite rough, but in the process of being restored), a late 1940s Nash Airflyte, a factory stretched Cord coffin-nosed sedan (needing restoration), a Studebaker Zip Van, a few super-hawks, a very nice (like new) Avanti convertible, etc.

I think my personal favorite is the 1926 Special Six two door sedan shown in some of the pictures.

04-24-2006, 01:07 PM
What a neat bunch of cars. I wish I had thought about just keeping some of the cars I have owned or could have bought really cheap over the years.

1961 Lark

04-24-2006, 01:12 PM
Thanks for the pictures. I have owned several of the models pictured there, but one non-Studebaker brings back memories from long ago. I owned a '54 Mercury hardtop in that same two tone combination. It was one of the worst cars that I owned for two reasons, 1) two crankshafts and three main bearing sets in three months and 2) those Mercury hardtops in green/yellow were very common; previous to the '54, I had a customized '49 coupe; the green/yellow Mercury hardtops were so common that I was getting blamed for being places that I wasn't; one evening, in Beacon - New York's smallest city, there were five of those green/yellow Mercury hardtops on Main Street; I got rid of the car after that.

Gary L.
1954 Commander Starliner (restomod)
1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)

04-24-2006, 01:40 PM
quote:Originally posted by Scott

He also has a supercharged 1958 Packard wagon he is planning on restoring, but I didn't take a picture of that.

Are you sure that it is not a 1957 Packard wagon? 1957 Packard wagons came standard with a supercharger. 1958 Packard wagons did not come with a supercharger as standard or optional equipment. If it is a "supercharged 1958 Packard wagon", the supercharger was a later addition to the car.

Gary L.
1954 Commander Starliner (restomod)
1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)

04-24-2006, 02:38 PM
Gary, you're probably right about the wagon. I was debating it as I typed the year in. It has single headlights, so I think it is really a 1957. Sorry about that.

stude freak
04-24-2006, 05:31 PM
Great pics of some fabulous cars, thanks for sharing. I hope Jay Leno is jealous.Imagine being given a choice to pick one for yourself to keep. My mind would become discombobulated for real lol.

04-24-2006, 09:04 PM
Here's one more group of photos. I hope no-one minds.

Dick Steinkamp
04-24-2006, 09:07 PM
quote:Originally posted by Scott

Here's one more group of photos. I hope no-one minds.

Mind [?][:p]...Keep them coming!

That last Speedster is my all time favorite color combination.

(someone needs to wash those cars :D)


stude freak
04-24-2006, 11:20 PM
Wow the more they come the better they get.

04-25-2006, 02:44 AM
This is unbelievable, what a beautiful selection of Studes and others too.

Is it possible for you to keep in contact with this fellow? It'd be good to have the first opportunity to purchase some of them should he pass away or decide to clear his collection.

At least for those living in the USA anyway.

Must agree with Dick Steinkamp, that Speedster ( I presume the one with the pink?) combination is lovely.

John Clements

Avantilover your South Australian Studebaker lover!!!

04-25-2006, 07:18 AM
Puts me in mind of one of my friends. Runs a '53 coupe at B'ville. drives a '55, and has at least 7 or 8 53-55 coupes in his pole barn.


Own '53 Commander Starliner. Red w/beige top. 350 Chev/700R4. Tilt,cruise,A/C.

04-25-2006, 07:48 AM
If you like the tri-toned Speedsters, here's a nice one:


Studebaker On The Net http://stude.com
64 R2 4 speed Challenger
63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk
63 Avanti
54 3R Pickup

04-25-2006, 08:57 AM
That's a super nice one JDP!

04-25-2006, 01:32 PM
quote:Originally posted by Dick Steinkamp

quote:Originally posted by Scott

Here's one more group of photos. I hope no-one minds.

Mind [?][:p]...Keep them coming!

That last Speedster is my all time favorite color combination.

My '55 Speedster (remember '55 wasn't the first or only Studebaker Speedster) was also that tri-color. I used to refer to it as my Neopolitan ice cream special (chocolate, strawberry and vanilla).

Gary L.
1954 Commander Starliner (restomod)
1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)

Studebaker Wheel
04-25-2006, 05:32 PM
If you would like to see 35 more images of the gentlemans collection click on the URL below (Webshots). The slide shows works nicely. Have fun.

Richard Quinn
editor: The Studebaker Almanac

R. Quinn

Studebaker Wheel
04-25-2006, 05:33 PM
The site (I said it was "below!!"):


R. Quinn

R. Quinn

04-25-2006, 06:48 PM
[quote]Originally posted by Mr.Biggs

That'd be my place if I had the money.[}:)] In some ways, I'm glad I don't.:D

Miscreant at large.

[:I] Geeze, Bob, I thought it was your place! ;) BP

04-25-2006, 07:17 PM
That's the place. Thanks Richard. Those are good pictures. The fellow isn't a recluse and many people in the Minnesota area, at least, seem to have knowledge of his collection. I told him I wouldn't spread his name around. Even though he's very friendly, he probably would prefer not to be overwhelmed with all kinds of requests. I took the infamaous '66 Cruiser there last Sunday - about 45 miles one way. That's the farthest I've taken the car so far. Ran just fine!

04-25-2006, 07:32 PM
I drove that tri color Speedster to a mixed make cruise night and you think I'd shown up with a Tucker or something. I couldn't even get a decent picture of the car without someone standing in front of it.:)

Studebaker On The Net http://stude.com
64 R2 4 speed Challenger
63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk
63 Avanti
54 3R Pickup

04-25-2006, 08:04 PM
Do you know if any of these cars are on any registers?
Or all these "new" finds and will add to known survivor totals...like Packard Hawk and various Avantis...?
Either way, it's neat to see so many cars saved.

63 Avanti R1 2788
1914 Stutz Bearcat
(George Barris replica)

Washington State

04-25-2006, 09:06 PM
I'll ask, but I rather doubt that any are on any registers. I had thought the same thing, but forgot to ask when I was there.

OH! JBoyle, I just remembered. I think he has a Stutz, too. I believe it was one of the last years - a sedan. I remember the engine is HUGE!

05-02-2006, 12:24 AM
My oh my~ look at all these sweet cars!!! This kind reminds me of the auction at Donald, Washington several years ago, but these cars look to be way better off- and not for sale, of course! Damn!


San Diego, Ca

'54 Commander 4dr
'57 Parkview (it's a 2dr wagon...)
'57 Commander 2dr
'57 Champion 2dr
'58 Packard sedan
'65 Cruiser

05-02-2006, 08:30 AM
What an incredible collection. In one way, its great that he has so many and their kept in good shape. In another way, its a waste to see them just sit and collect dust. Did he ever consider loaning some of them to either the Studenaker or Packard museums for display ?

05-02-2006, 08:43 PM
I've known the owner of this collection for nearly 15 years and can answer a few of the questions posted.
Numerous cars are on various registries.
He collects his cars for various reasons.Some because relatives owned one or he did himself.He doesnt collect to impress anyone.
Not really fond of people requesting a particular car.Maybe doesnt care for it is a better term.He will always be polite however<G>
He has cars on loan to 2 museums that I know of,I believe the ADC is one.
He almost never sells a car,particularly a Studebaker.
Last year was the first time he opened the doors to the general public when the AACA came to visit.
I respected his right to privacy for many many years about his car collection even though I was busting out to tell folks.It wasnt that people didnt know about him or that nobody hadnt seen the cars it was just sort of invitation only until recently.
On a side note,there is a '57 Chevy HT in the collection I sold him and I found the white Carribean he purchased.If you look at the pics and see a '57 GH with California plates,that used to be mine as well.
Last year I stored my '55 Commander coupe there over the winter.Great Stude man.