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Dick Steinkamp
06-22-2006, 08:57 PM
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Studedude1961
06-22-2006, 09:09 PM
Dick what a handsome car! You've done a great job photographing the car and the big photos really show off the vehicle. Your write-up with the history of the Ultra-Vista mid-year change is interesting and informative. If buyers are looking for a super nice 1955 Champion it appears they won't go wrong with this beautiful car or its informed seller!

Studedude1961
--1963 Cruiser

Starlite51
06-22-2006, 09:25 PM
AMAZING!! you sure know how to detail and make a plain Jane beautiful...
and get another Stude back into circulation ...

I have a two owner 51 buisness coupe that I want to ship up to you to put your "panche" on it (Karel Staples old car) but I doubt I could afford your hourly rate .... not to many people know how to sweat the details like you do ...
again nice job

I will watch the ebay auction with great interest ...
shall we start a pool on how much it brings?

John

glen
06-22-2006, 09:39 PM
Double Wow!!!! 1 classy Lady!!!
Very nicely done Dick!!!



Glen Brose
53 Champion 2 dr Sedan

Dick Steinkamp
06-22-2006, 09:53 PM
quote:Originally posted by Studedude1961
If buyers are looking for a super nice 1955 Champion...


Thanks, John. That's a big IF, however. Most folks are much more interested in the "sexier" Studebakers. I'll be interested also to see how a fairly plain Jane 6 cylinder does.



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Dick Steinkamp
06-22-2006, 09:56 PM
quote:Originally posted by Starlite51

AMAZING!! you sure know how to detail and make a plain Jane beautiful...
and get another Stude back into circulation ...

I have a two owner 51 buisness coupe that I want to ship up to you to put your "panche" on it (Karel Staples old car) but I doubt I could afford your hourly rate .... not to many people know how to sweat the details like you do ...
again nice job

I will watch the ebay auction with great interest ...
shall we start a pool on how much it brings?

John



Thanks, John. To own one of Karel Staples' cars is pretty special. You're a lucky guy.

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Dick Steinkamp
06-22-2006, 09:58 PM
quote:Originally posted by glen

Double Wow!!!! 1 classy Lady!!!
Very nicely done Dick!!!



Thanks, Glen. For me, putting the listing together is as much fun as getting the car sorted out and looking good.

BTW, I'll trade you for your '53 anyday [:p] !



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glen
06-22-2006, 11:21 PM
Thanks for the offer Dick....but
I will have to give my regrets!!!
I don't think I could ever trade
"Charlene" for another...:)

Glen Brose
53 Champion 2 dr Sedan

Transtar56
06-23-2006, 05:06 AM
WOW! That thing looks like its on the showroom floor!
Great job Dick,your the JP of the west(G)

MacMyers
06-23-2006, 06:52 AM
quote:Originally posted by Dick Steinkamp

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1,1&item=4653892334&sspagename=STRK%3AMESE%3AIT



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Yes Dick. Once again you made me want to BLOW MY BRAINS OUT! [B)]

Proud Owner of:
The one and only 1963 BEND OVER POOP HAWK
And the 1966 Messtang!

Roscomacaw
06-23-2006, 10:29 AM
Ya know - when I look at a car like this, I'm quick to wonder what would be the reaction of folks (today) that were associated with it in 1955.
We all (here) agree this is a pleasure to look at and most likely, fun to tool around in. But in 1955 - it was just another car. And new, it cost LESS dollars (forget about inflation for the moment) than it's been bid to already.
We might be inclined to classify it as an "economy model" because you could opt for a V8 in basically the same car.[:p] But this car was adequate transportation for it's day. And even tho A/C WAS available in the later 55s, it was rare indeed that someone would step up and lay out the cash for such. I'm not even sure you could have gotten A/C on a 6 cylinder Stude. If I had to guess, I'd say yes, but it sure would have dragged down performance. Especially in front of an automatic.[xx(] Probably - given this car's been in the very temperate Bay Area since new - A/C wasn't given much of a thought. (BTW, while the high in the Bay Area's predicted to be 81 today, here in the central valley we're looking at 108 for a high![xx(])

What I'm trying to get at is that this was pretty much just a "garden variety" car when someone drove it away from the dealership in 1955. Yet here it is - 51 years later - with us all drooling over it.
What would the original buyer of the car - or the dealer that sold it - or the folks that put it together in Los Angeles in 1955 - think if they knew how this thing was cooed over and bid up a half century later???:D
In '55, none of them would have regarded it as much more than a fresh piece of transportation. One to be used as such without much thought of where it would be (if it would still even exist!) in 10 years, in 15 years or, at best, 20
Yet here's this now vintage, escapee from the roulette wheel of chance that sees most cars of it's age to the recycler by this age, basking in the light of interest and adulation that it probably NEVER knew as a new car.

We tend to save the title "survivor" for pristine examples such as this Champion. But really, any old Stude we drag out of the weeds and lavish bucks and time on is a survivor!;) Fate willing, they'll likely outlive we who covet and collect them today.
Wonder where this 55 Champion will be in another 51 years[:0][?] Will one even be able to buy fuel for it? And if you can buy fuel for it in 2057, will you be able to afford to do so?:(

Move on little four-wheeled time capsule. Dick's brought you out of the shadows and into the spotlight for a moment. Here's hoping an SDC member (maybe our own 16-year old Stude nut or someone not even BORN yet[8)]) will proudly show you off at some future meet, a half century into the future!

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

Transtar56
06-23-2006, 10:51 AM
Your so right Mr Biggs, a plain Jane,unremarkable little Champion,not even the top of the line Champion. Its amazing that it DID survive in this condition. I mean,anyone who purchased a new Golden Hawk,Speedster,or say something as unusual as a Packard Hawk,had to know that this was more than just transportation,and you'd think that the original owners,and subsequent owners, would have taken great care of it. Thats no doubt why we have such a high survival rate of cars like Packard Hawks and Speedsters,they were always very special. But cars like this Champion were just transportation,and I think thats why were all so knocked out over seeing one this nice,with very little restoration having been done,other than Dicks fantastic cleaning and E-Bay prep. When you think of economy cars,which would you take,this 55 Studebaker or a brand new smart car? I know which one Id have,to bad they still wern't building them.

tstclr
06-23-2006, 11:50 AM
I was looking at this car on Ebay this morning and thought "Gee, what a perfect car this would be to drive to work on nice days." Too bad you are a gazillion miles from me.
Todd


63 Lark 2dr Sedan

Dick Steinkamp
06-23-2006, 12:30 PM
Biggs...I just love it when you ramble on like that. Always brings a smile to my face :) and gives me a little something fun to think about. Thanks!

Todd,
A '63 Lark Lark 2 door Sedan is a perfect car to drive to work on nice days too [^]



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tstclr
06-23-2006, 01:31 PM
Yes Dick it is (or will be in a couple of years!).
Todd


63 Lark 2dr Sedan

Scott
06-23-2006, 01:40 PM
Dick, Dick, Dick! How can you part with such a cutie? If it was mine and if it ran as nice as it looks, it'd be mine until I couldn't drive anymore. I wish I could buy it, but I have too many bills and not enough extra money. :(

Dick Steinkamp
06-23-2006, 02:03 PM
quote:Originally posted by Scott

Dick, Dick, Dick! How can you part with such a cutie? If it was mine and if it ran as nice as it looks, it'd be mine until I couldn't drive anymore. I wish I could buy it, but I have too many bills and not enough extra money. :(


Scott, Scott, Scott...It runs and drives as nice as it looks. I've got too many Studes and not enought money :D.



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Scott
06-23-2006, 02:06 PM
Well, it's a shame, but at least you'll have the pleasure of seeing it in your driveway for a while. :)

I get attached to Studebakers even in number 4 condition. Heaven help me if I ever own real NICE one!

showbizkid
07-03-2006, 04:33 PM
Dick, I see the car went out at $5,700. I expected more for such a clean ride!

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Clark in San Diego:

Proud new owner of a '63 Lark!

Dick Steinkamp
07-03-2006, 04:40 PM
quote:Originally posted by showbizkid

Dick, I see the car went out at $5,700. I expected more for such a clean ride!


I was quite happy with $5700 and I think the new owner got a good deal too.[8D]. It's going to the Houston area. 71 year old guy that has never owned a Stude before (story of my Stude selling life :D).



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