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    Pulled out the Sept. '73 Turning Wheels this morning. Skimmed thru it and found reprints of some Car Mag reviews of the all new '62 GT Hawk.
    Motor Trend's tech editor said: "Twisty mountain roads like these offer no obstacle to the Hawk's near-perfect handling characteristics."

    One Frank Tolbert wrote in his auto column in the Dallas Morning News: "I want to say without prolouge and without stuttering that the Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk is the most satisfactory car I've driven this season."

    Kind of amazing praise for what was really an 11-year old car at the time!

    Flipping further thru the rather sparse page count, there's SO MANY cool Studes for so little money! [V]

    63 Super Lark Wagonaire, like new. Powered by Avanti R2 with 4spd. Set up for drag racing in NHRA J/S. Engine built by Precision Engine Specialists, Seattle March '73 Has all stock components (160 speedo, buckets, etc.) plus aluminum hi-output pulleys, R3 blower, R3 headers, etc.. Over $5K invested - $1500 OBO Sidney Stephanson Kent, WA. (this car ran a best of 13.96 / 96.35)

    54 Champion coupe - sour engine - $50 Gerald Miracle, Wappinger Falls NY

    58 Golden Hawk 100% restored ALL new exterior metal and interior reupholstered, 5 new whit wall tires $1500 Firm. R.M. Bickford Coventry CT

    55 Speedster, good condition, new yellow paint, but not 2-tone. Interior good, but needs carpets, Runs and drives First $450 takes it! Robin Sherwood - Hemlock MI.

    'scuse me while I go get my cryin' towel.[V]

    Miscreant Studebaker nut in California's central valley.

    1957 Transtar 1/2ton
    1960 Larkvertible V8
    1958 Provincial wagon
    1953 Commander coupe
    1957 President two door

    No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

  • #2
    quote:Originally posted by Mr.Biggs


    54 Champion coupe - sour engine - $50 Gerald Miracle, Wappinger Falls NY



    I reside in the Town of Wappinger with a Wappingers Falls address. The name Gerald Miracle is familiar to me. I think he may have owned a 1954 Champion Starliner with factory leather seats, that I am familiar with, or this could have been another '54.

    Gary L.
    Wappinger, NY

    SDC member since 1968
    Studebaker enthusiast much longer
    Gary L.
    Wappinger, NY

    SDC member since 1968
    Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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    • #3
      Gary, your residency is why I chose to highlight that ad. I thought you might know the guy.

      Miscreant Studebaker nut in California's central valley.

      1957 Transtar 1/2ton
      1960 Larkvertible V8
      1958 Provincial wagon
      1953 Commander coupe
      1957 President two door

      No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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      • #4
        quote:Originally posted by Mr.Biggs

        Gary, your residency is why I chose to highlight that ad. I thought you might know the guy.


        I did not reside in Wappinger until 1991. I did live in the area (within ten miles). His name is familar to me, but I can't place the guy. He has probably been out of Studebakers for the past 30 years. There is a Gerald Miracle still listed in the telephone book, in Pleasant Valley, not Wappingers Falls (both Dutchess County). Maybe I should call him. A local Ford-Mercury-Lincoln dealership is Miracle. I wonder if it is him. I never made the connection before. The dealership started in Pleasant Valley and is now in Poughkeepsie.

        Gary L.
        Wappinger, NY

        SDC member since 1968
        Studebaker enthusiast much longer
        Gary L.
        Wappinger, NY

        SDC member since 1968
        Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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        • #5
          I go by the rule that a nicely restored car will cost about as much as a new car. A new car could be had for about $3000 in the early 70's. A new car today cost $20,000 or so. Thats about what a nice restoration goes for today. To boot, I was living quite well on $8000 a year in 1973.

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          • #6
            Did you run across this? It was a sad summer (July 86) I was going through divorce.





            Leonard Shepherd
            http://leonardshepherd.com/

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            • #7
              Ouch, Leonard

              Don't get me started on old ads... they can make me pretty depressed too[V]

              63 SL Wagonaire for $1500, 55 Speedster $450 35 years ago; we can guess what they're worth now. Whatever rate of appreciation that was, do you think that rate will continue going forward (for Studes), or will future appreciation be a much slower rate?

              I'm inclined to think slower.

              Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
              Parish, central NY 13131

              "Some people live for the rules, I live for exceptions"- 311

              "Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"



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              • #8
                Those kind of prices make me think of my M-series pickup which I bought in 1973 for $125.00. I saw one at the Springfield swap Saturday in similar condition with an asking price of $7,500.00. My how times change.


                1952 Champion Starlight, 1962 Daytona, both w/overdrive.Searcy,Arkansas
                "I may be lazy, but I'm not shiftless."
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                "In the heart of Arkansas."
                Searcy, Arkansas
                1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
                1952 2R pickup

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                • #9
                  Leonard-lost my first restored convertible in that same manner. Didn't have an ad, just an appearance at a zone meet. Soon after it was gone to somewhere in Missouri, I think.

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