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  • '53 or '54 C Body Spotted in Franklin NC Today

    My son, who lives in Franklin NC (way up in the NC mountains near Cherokee) spotted what looks like a '53 or '54 C body Studebaker this afternoon.

    Anyone know the car?

    With the distinctive paint job (which I think looks great ), it should be easy to recognize.

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    Paul
    Winston-Salem, NC
    Visit The Studebaker Skytop Registry website at: www.studebakerskytop.com

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    Looks like a Nice '53 Champion C5 Coupe with Factory Backup Lights, no idea where that came from or who may own it.
    StudeRich
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
    Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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    • #3
      That's the first time I've seen such a paint job, but it does look good.

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      • #4
        Years ago, I saw a similar color/paint scheme on a car for sale in Landrum, SC, which for the region, isn't all that far from where this pic was taken. Back then, the car I saw, was in the hands of a "wheeler/dealer" used car salesman who had put a ridiculous price on the car, and in conversation, revealed he really knew very little about Studebaker. I don't think this is the same car though. I believe the car I saw was an early finned Hawk.

        Because of the rig this car is sitting on, I'm thinking it might be on a "hauler" delivering it to a new home. Perhaps the driver decided to make a stop at the nearby Cherokee casino. Hope he keeps enough money to finish the trip.
        John Clary
        Greer, SC

        SDC member since 1975

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        • #5
          I don't know the car but a fellow from here in California just moved to NC and I think it was Franklin and he builds race cars out of 53-54 coupes and the last 2 I had went to him the first was the 54 commander and right now just got a check for the 53 champion so will be getting it off soon. I don't think Franklin is very big so the car might be his.
          Candbstudebakers
          Castro Valley,
          California


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          • #6
            Was for sale at Bill Wisemans in Marion, NC a year or so back. I THINK it was a 55 but it has been a while since I looked at it. Seems it was small block Chevy powered. Nice custom. If I didnt post pics here I have them at home. Steve
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            • #7
              My son said the car was at a small car lot, so he will check to see if it's still there. It does look nice, I like the color and paint scheme.

              Keep repeating: I don't need another Studebaker, I don't need another Studebaker, I don't need another Studebaker...................
              My wife keeps repeating: You don't have room for another Studebaker, you don't have room for another Studebaker.........
              Paul
              Winston-Salem, NC
              Visit The Studebaker Skytop Registry website at: www.studebakerskytop.com

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              • #8
                That looks like a car that was recently on ebay. The color scheme was the same as well as the colors themselves. It had a good-looking, matching interior. It seems like it was at ar und $12,000 the last time I looked. I found one picture.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by candbstudebakers View Post
                  I don't know the car but a fellow from here in California just moved to NC and I think it was Franklin and he builds race cars out of 53-54 coupes and the last 2 I had went to him the first was the 54 commander and right now just got a check for the 53 champion so will be getting it off soon. I don't think Franklin is very big so the car might be his.
                  My mistake my friend is in Franklin Tenn.
                  Candbstudebakers
                  Castro Valley,
                  California


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