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chall
05-01-2006, 03:59 PM
I have a 1955 commander that I am thinking about trying to sell. I have owned the car for 18 years. I have no way of nowing how or where to try and sell this car. I was just looking for some general advice. I don't want to be ripped off or have my expectations to high.

thanks

JDP
05-01-2006, 05:18 PM
Depends on condition and body style. It can be from a few hundred for a tired four door to 15K or better for a nice coupe or hardtop.

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Roscomacaw
05-01-2006, 05:30 PM
body style & condition;)

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1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President 2-dr
1955 President State
1951 Champion Biz cpe
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bensauber
05-01-2006, 06:44 PM
quote:Originally posted by chall

I have a 1955 commander that I am thinking about trying to sell. I have owned the car for 18 years. I have no way of nowing how or where to try and sell this car. I was just looking for some general advice. I don't want to be ripped off or have my expectations to high.

thanks

bensauber
05-01-2006, 06:46 PM
[quote]Originally posted by chall

I have a 1955 commander that I am thinking about trying to sell. I have owned the car for 18 years. I have no way of nowing how or where to try and sell this car. I was just looking for some general advice. I don't want to be ripped off or have my expectations to high.

thanks

[I,v been looking at 55's maybe we could get together/]

StudeDave57
05-01-2006, 09:12 PM
And I know of one which may be getting parted out soon~
In case you happen to be needing anything...

[8D]

StudeDave
San Diego, Ca

'54 Commander 4dr
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chall
05-02-2006, 12:45 PM
What would you like to know?


[I,v been looking at 55's maybe we could get together/]
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Mike Van Veghten
05-02-2006, 02:04 PM
Pictures would save a thousand words!

studegary
05-02-2006, 02:30 PM
We still don't know what body style the car is. A Commander could be a four door sedan, a Starliner or other model. In equivalent condition, there is a big difference in price/value between the different body style Commanders. Also, the condition of the car has a major effect on the value of the car. If you post the information from the body tag on the engine side of the firewall and give a general description of condition - rust, chrome, interior, etc. it would help a lot. In general, eBay is your best bet on establishing and receiving a fair market value for your car.

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

chall
05-03-2006, 02:29 PM
Sorry I could have spelled out more information. I will try and get some pictures and the tag information. The car is garaged at mothers house.
It is a two door coup. Two-tone paint. Rust is very minor and is just surface rust in a couple places. Majority of crome is okay. Back bumper crome is pitted. Interior is okay no tears or anything in fabric. Back seat side panels need new covering. Rubber around windows is detoriated from drying out. Has new brakes. Needs new tires. Runs good but hasn't been driven in a while. Needs new master cylinder put in.
These are the things that I can remember. I will try and get pictures to post but that may take a little longer.

Thanks for all your help and posts.

Roscomacaw
05-04-2006, 12:19 PM
There's still a bit of confusion about the body style. Alot of folks would call a 2-door sedan a "coupe". Technically, it might well qualify. But amongst Studebakers (for 55 at least) a coupe would be a 2-door car with rear quarter (side) windows that don't roll down but rather "pop out" a couple inches for ventilation.
The sister car to the coupe is the hardtop. In the case of the hardtop - the rear quarter windows DO roll down, leaving (with the door windows down as well) a totally open area from the windshield post to the "C-pillar". Some uninformed sorts would ALSO call this a coupe.
Really, the BEST way to pin down the definition of your Stude is to read us the digits on the body tag. This is an embossed metal tag that's held onto the upper firewall between the windshield wiper motor and the righthand hood hinge. It should start out reading "16G8-.........." The digits just after the 16G8 will reveal exactly what model we're talking about.

If indeed it IS a "coupe" It should read 16G8-C3 (or C5). It's the "C" that defines body type. The numeral after indicates the trim level - ie: amount of "chrome" it wears.
If it's a hardtop, it would have a K in place of the C. A 2-door sedan would sport an F in place of the C.

Either way, a C or a K model will command more bucks than a F-model any day.;)

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

chall
05-04-2006, 02:12 PM
This is the type of windows that are in the back seat. I bought new ones that have never been installed because the rubber on the current ones are shot and leak.

But amongst Studebakers (for 55 at least) a coupe would be a 2-door car with rear quarter (side) windows that don't roll down but rather "pop out" a couple inches for ventilation.

chall
05-05-2006, 03:14 PM
The tag on the car reads 16G8-C3 and underneath that is 1979.
I am still working on pictures.

studegary
05-05-2006, 03:43 PM
quote:Originally posted by chall

The tag on the car reads 16G8-C3 and underneath that is 1979.
I am still working on pictures.



That is a 1955 Champion (six cylinder) DeLuxe (low trim level) coupe (C body).

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

chall
05-05-2006, 04:02 PM
it is an 8-cylder engine.

chall
05-05-2006, 04:02 PM
get in a hurry and can't spell
it has an 8 cylinder engine in it.

Roscomacaw
05-05-2006, 09:03 PM
Chall, you're right. And an 8 cylinder it should be. Maybe Gary read your post too fast or maybe he's forgotten the funky numbering system for the 55s.
Since they added the President line for '55, they chose to designate the Champions 16G6 and the Commander line 16G8. The President line was designated 6H. It was a bit confusing after the Commander line had been the top-line cars since '47.

All that changed after 55. In '56 they started the body #s with the last two digits of that year. 56H would be a '56 President, 56B - a '56 Commander &56G a'56Champion. Then all that system was tossed with the debut of the '59 models![:0][xx(][xx(]

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

studegary
05-06-2006, 01:53 PM
Bob/MrBiggs - You are correct. I did read and answer that post too quickly. I saw 16G and thought Champion. Of course your car is a 1955 Commander with an eight cylinder engine, either 224 (early) or 259 (late). The coupe (C body) and DeLuxe (low trim level) I will stick with.

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

57slvrhwk6
05-06-2006, 03:21 PM
Here's something that may help in determining what your Commander is worth. The link below is for a 1955 Commander 2-door for sale.

http://www.craigslist.org/nby/car/156064690.html

Roscomacaw
05-07-2006, 05:32 PM
That isn't much of a guidepost for setting value of a coupe. This craig's list car's a 2-door sedan. Typically it's the LEAST sought after of the 53-54-55 sedans because of the rather dorky fill panel where the rear door would be if it were a 4-door.
This seller's dreamin' if he thinks he's gonna get $3500 for it!

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