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  • 53 Hard top on ebay soon.

    I'm pleased to say that Ed Ellis has asked me to list his 53 Commander hardtop next week. It's arguably the finest one the planet. 30,000 kilometers on the clock, loaded with NOS stuff that was hard to find even 20 years ago when the car was restored. Date coded glass, leather interior, the works. A 390 plus point car. Some pics here:

    http://www.stude.com/53/

    JDP/Maryland
    JDP Maryland

  • #2
    wow. I've seen that car in person and JDP is not exaggerating, it's like a new car. Well, quite possibly better, as more care was taken with the underbits than was done at the factory.

    nate

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    • #3
      I just checked the judging sheet, 392 points, with 396 in easy reach. (Lost 2 for plate light and one head light that burned out at the meet, and 2 for mismatched headlamp bulbs.) To be a perfect 400, find the paint chips the judges found and machine stitch the door panel pleats that are now heat sealed. Of course if you fixed those, they might find a point somewhere else.

      JDP/Maryland
      JDP Maryland

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      • #4
        I took some underneath shots when I saw it at Hershey last fall.









        Leonard Shepherd
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        • #5
          This car has a very neat and interesting history as it was delivered as a gift to Central America and then brought back to the states. Knowing Ed and having personally seen the car, I can vouch for it. Some of you may remember Ed's 4 wheel drive that he sold in Atlantic City a couple of years ago and was in South Bend last year. If I had the money this is probably the only car my wife would let me bring home [I just found at the meet Saturday she likes '53's (including Paul Johnson )].

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          • #6
            I tailgated in the motel parking lot in SB with the couple that bought his 4x4. Nice folks.

            That '53 is stunning. It may not be a drivable car[)], but ya sure gotta admire the work that went into it. Just beautiful. [^][8D]

            Matthew Burnette
            Hazlehurst, GA


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            • #7
              Here is the story Guido is talking about.



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              • #8

                quote:and machine stitch the door panel pleats that are now heat sealed.
                I could be wrong, but I think the heat sealed pleats are factory. The crispy rotted remains of my original black ones were definately heat sealed. I am 100% certain it had never seen any restoration before I got it. Assume no points off for that, but touch up the plating on some of those ~slightly~ surface rusted chassis bolts and its a 400+ IMO [^]

                That is a great car. I see on the build sheet it says "frame reinforced". Wonder what that entailed [?][?]



                Jeff in ND

                '53 Champion Hardtop

                Jeff in ND

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                • #9
                  Hmmm. I'd have thought the battery box would have been black, not body color.

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                  Tom Bredehoft
                  '53 Commander Coupe
                  '55 President (6H Y6) State Sedan
                  (Under Construction) 229 hrs.
                  '05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
                  All Indiana built cars

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                  • #10
                    I wondered if the judges got that wrong since it's possible they had never seen the factory vinyl and any restoration would have sewn pleats. BTW, thanks for the .jpg of the history, I just had it in a PDF file and could not convert it.

                    JDP/Maryland
                    JDP Maryland

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                    • #11
                      WOW, what a beautiful piece of work. But, as gorgeous as this car is, I could never own it. I would be too tempted to drive it everywhere I went. Then, I would have to add A/C, then, dual exhaust, then a Supercharger, then.....

                      sals54
                      sals54

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                      • #12
                        If you want the very best there is...Ed's car is the one.


                        Dick Steinkamp
                        Bellingham, WA

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                        • #13
                          I noticed on the PO it lists "reinforced frame." Anyone know what this means?

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                          • #14
                            I have to ask. On the build sheet it says 'Wet Battery'. Someone explain please?


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                            Nixa, MO
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                            Gary Sanders
                            Nixa, MO

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                            • #15
                              quote: I have to ask. On the build sheet it says 'Wet Battery'. Someone explain please?
                              It wasn't shipped dry.

                              Matthew Burnette
                              Hazlehurst, GA


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