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bdenoyer
07-05-2016, 11:33 AM
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Hello again!

As I mentioned in my previous post, my uncle recently passed away and I am responsible for liquidating his estate. He also owned this 1954 Studebaker Champion and I have no idea what I should be selling it for. The car is in very great condition, chrome is well-maintained, it runs well, and has an beautiful mint green paint color that is original and in great condition. There are 83,684.4 miles on the car and it is located in Grand Island, NE. If any of you have suggestions on what this should be sold for or have interest in buying it, please let me know! I really appreciate any guidance you can give. Also, please view my previous post showing my uncle's other Studebaker (white 1964 Gran Turismo Hawk), which I also need help on valuing or selling.

Thanks!

Blake DeNoyer
817-243-6467

52-fan
07-05-2016, 11:46 AM
That is a beautiful car and should bring a good price. If it was a Commander V-8 it would bring a bit more, but it is a nice vehicle. Someone else will have to suggest a value or asking price. I don't seriously look at cars in that price range. Good luck with the sale. :)

wolfie
07-05-2016, 01:51 PM
Georgous! As with 52-fan I dont seriously look at cars in that range. If that car is as nice as it appears it might be a candidate for a high end auction like Barrett-Jackson. steve

StudeRich
07-05-2016, 03:08 PM
Very nice looking '54 Champion! I think closer revue of the Car, and it's records, receipts, & history will show it has had a Lot more restoration than you know, very fresh looking, New Paint & Interior, not a lot of Original anything remains, and that certainly does not devalue it at ALL, maybe just appeals to a slightly different crowd, it does look like an Original TYPE restoration. :!:

They always bring what the Market will bear on eBay and one or Two times that amount at the High Dollar Auctions.

It is impossible to guess what someone who really likes the Color, the Interior, the Power Train etc. will pay, but having seen hundreds of them come and go, MHO is: it has to be in the $20,000.00 more or less depending on the venue or demand there.

I did notice the Tail Light Housings were replaced with excellent 1953 Units during it's restoration.

studegary
07-05-2016, 04:13 PM
I did notice the Tail Light Housings were replaced with excellent 1953 Units during it's restoration.

Rich, this is one of the rare times that I disagree with you.
Early 1954 Champion Starlight coupes (C body) used 1953 style tail lights.

This car does have the nicer looking 1953 front bumperettes on it instead of the taller 1954 bumperettes.

studegary
07-05-2016, 04:15 PM
I could throw out a guesstimate, but your best bet is eBay. List it with a good description and the pictures that you already have. Start the bidding out very low to get the auction rolling. Have a reserve price that you can live with. The World market will determine today's price for your Champion.

sals54
07-05-2016, 08:03 PM
I would have to sorta agree with StudeRich above. But I would have to amend by saying that I would not take a penny less than $20,000 for this one. If it is restored and rust free, the value could and should go higher. Again, though, an ebay ad with lots of pictures and detailed descriptions will help tremendously. Be sure its running right and everything works. Taking it to a reputable Studebaker mechanic would pay dividends if its made to run right, drive right and look right. If this car is as nice in person as it appears in the pictures, I would expect it to sell deep into the 20 thousands. Decent "daily drivers" often bring 12 to 15K. This one, even though its a 6 cylinder Champion, instead of the V8 Commander, is a very nice example. And again, good luck.

StudeRich
07-05-2016, 08:07 PM
Rich, this is one of the rare times that I disagree with you.
Early 1954 Champion Starlight coupes (C body) used 1953 style tail lights./Cut/

I guess that is true Gary, but there must be very few Original Cars that way, I have never seen a verified one.
And since we can see that this is a nicely restored Car and we do not know it's Serial number there is still a better chance than not that it was replaced since they are more available because of many more '53's built.

bdenoyer
07-05-2016, 08:18 PM
As information...here's the serial number.56134

StudeRich
07-05-2016, 10:40 PM
Ok, G1275788 is before G1284465 and it IS a "C" Body Coupe built in South Bend, so it is one of the only '54 Coupes built with '53 Tail Lights, so I stand corrected.

No Los Angeles or Hamilton '54's had them, NO K Body Hardtop Champions, and NO C or K Commanders. :ohmy:

raoul5788
07-06-2016, 05:36 PM
I had an early SB '54 Champ coupe that had '53 tail lights. It was a deluxe trim level.

SN-60
07-06-2016, 05:45 PM
I'd also say 20-22K if the car is as nice as it looks in the photos! :!:

t walgamuth
07-06-2016, 10:20 PM
That's a lovely car! Good luck with it.;)

studeclunker
07-07-2016, 12:48 PM
As with Wolfie and 52-fan this beautiful car is way out of my reach. Hope to see it gets a good home. Sal and Rich are your best advice for this as they sell cars and would know best how to go about this. Another good source on sales information is Dick Steincamp, if he sees this and signs in, his advice would be excellent too.
Gosh, someone is going to get a car that needs absolutely nothing. Wish that was me...:o

TWChamp
07-07-2016, 01:35 PM
A car that good looking could even make an ugly guy like me be someone. LOL

drrotor
07-08-2016, 12:54 AM
I always want to be a positive and uplifting person, so I don't want to be discouraging here. However, I've watched a fellow post a gorgeous, fully restored frame-off '54 Champion (white on red stick and OD) several times on eBay and bids have failed to reach the high teens. This green car is certainly very nice, but the white one appears even Better, at least to me. Of course, different seasons and different locales swing the prices. Stellar car here, though, to be sure.

Jett289
07-08-2016, 05:04 AM
One just never knows.. I bought my 62 GT Hawk with a super charger set up from ebay .. Picked the car up in Vancouver from the owner and it was sitting beside a very original 53 Champion Starlight in green . It was needing some rust repair and odds and ends here and there but otherwise a very nice original low milege car and it sold for $4000 dollars more then the GT .. Even the owner was surprised and thought the GT would bring way more money ..

raoul5788
07-08-2016, 11:09 AM
I always want to be a positive and uplifting person, so I don't want to be discouraging here. However, I've watched a fellow post a gorgeous, fully restored frame-off '54 Champion (white on red stick and OD) several times on eBay and bids have failed to reach the high teens. This green car is certainly very nice, but the white one appears even Better, at least to me. Of course, different seasons and different locales swing the prices. Stellar car here, though, to be sure.
I suspect the price reached, or not reached, was due to it being a Champion. They just don't get the higher dollars like Commanders do.