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  • Studebaker Car-Care Product Cans

    Hi, I was reviewing my 1948 accessories brochure and noticed that Studebaker made its own car-care products (i.e. Wax, Polish, Tar Remover, Radiator Flushes, etc). I thought it would be an interesting novelty to pick up a couple of them to put in the "Man-Cave", however, when I found a couple of the original cans on eBay, I found that those things were expensive - one was about $80.

    Now, here are my questions:

    1). Are these original Studebaker cans that collectable, or do people simply gouge those of us that are newcomers to the Studebaker world and don't know any better?

    2). Is there a place better than eBay to pick up a few of these cans?

    3). Are some of these cans more collectable than others? If so, how does one know which are the more valuable ones and which are common?

    Thanks,
    Sergio
    Best Regards,
    Sergio
    1948 Champion Regal Deluxe

  • #2
    There were dozens of different products offered in each decade starting in the early 1930's. Prices are all over the board but most quite reasonable. The exceptions being the very old and the very small. The "General Use" oil can for example shown in image #3 has sold for over $200! Just depends on what you want and what you are willing to pay.

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    Richard Quinn
    Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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    • #3
      You can find better deals at the Studebaker swap meets or even check out Studebaker International, as I saw them selling some last year when I was there.

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      • #4
        I can swear by the radiator 2-part can .... but wear GLOVES" !!!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by TWChamp View Post
          You can find better deals at the Studebaker swap meets or even check out Studebaker International, as I saw them selling some last year when I was there.
          Agree. They're often only a few dollars or so. I gave away a bunch of empty Trim Care cans last year for nothing. Bought them by the case 30 years ago and used them up. Good product.
          Skip Lackie

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jackb View Post
            I can swear by the radiator 2-part can .... but wear GLOVES" !!!

            I got some of that stuff "buried" somewhere...

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            • #7
              Thank you to all who replied. This gave me a much more realistic way to look at this novelty part of the hobby. I'd be interested in getting a few cans, but will wait to attend the my first swap meet or Studebaker event whenever that happens.

              Thanks,
              Sergio
              Best Regards,
              Sergio
              1948 Champion Regal Deluxe

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              • #8
                Hello GrumpyOne...if you find them one day and are interested in selling a few, drop me a note and a few pictures and we can discuss.

                Best Regards,
                Sergio
                Best Regards,
                Sergio
                1948 Champion Regal Deluxe

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                • #9
                  Hi Richard, -- $200 for a littler oil can - WOW! Very nice collection I have to say! I'm just interested in getting a few. Not looking to go crazy on the $$$, but I'm willing to pay a reasonable amount for a few nice cans of the late 1940s time frame. My accessory brochure shows which were available for my 1948 Champion Regal Deluxe, so at least I know what I'm looking for, but still too new at this to know what is valuable and what is commonplace. - Thanks!

                  Best Regards,
                  Sergio
                  Best Regards,
                  Sergio
                  1948 Champion Regal Deluxe

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                  • #10
                    All Antique Containers like these of ANY Kind that were "disposable" in their Day, are very collectible, pricey and rare Today.
                    StudeRich
                    Second Generation Stude Driver,
                    Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                    • #11
                      I would just like to thank Richard Quinn for always being so willing to share his knowledge and his huge physical collection of just about everything that ever had a Studebaker name on it. I have only been an addict for about 7 or 8 years and really enjoy getting to see some of the items that I would never otherwise even know existed: like about 90% of what is in the current photos!
                      Thanks!
                      Nick

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Skip Lackie View Post
                        Agree. They're often only a few dollars or so. I gave away a bunch of empty Trim Care cans last year for nothing. Bought them by the case 30 years ago and used them up. Good product.
                        I remember when one could still buy them, and other cleaning products from Newman & Altman in the 1980's which were still at their circa-1968 price.

                        Craig

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                        • #13
                          I would add a can of bug and tar remover or trim care when I placed an order with Newman & Altman back in the old days.
                          sigpic1957 Packard Clipper Country Sedan

                          "There's nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer"
                          Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle
                          "I have a great memory for forgetting things" Number 1 son, Lee Chan

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by SergioG View Post
                            Hello GrumpyOne...if you find them one day and are interested in selling a few, drop me a note and a few pictures and we can discuss.

                            Best Regards,
                            Sergio

                            I have an "empty" example before me and it's in good shape except for minor dimples from opening the lids on each side...

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                            • #15
                              SI still sells the original cooling system cleaner.

                              http://www.parts123.com/parts123/yb.dll?parta~dyndetail~Z5Z5Z50001003a~Z5Z5Z5AAPSF~P12.50~~~~S4UV0QO6FG7324121607 0a~Z5Z5Z5~Z5Z5Z50001003a


                              And a few others that are reproductions also.

                              http://www.parts123.com/parts123/yb....Z5Z5Z50001003a

                              http://www.parts123.com/parts123/yb....Z5Z5Z50001003a

                              http://www.parts123.com/parts123/yb....Z5Z5Z50001003a

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