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  • Steve T
    Apparently deleted; the initial post has now gone too (albeit surviving further down the thread in quote form). Really cool though that the new owner of this Stude succeeded in contacting not only a prior owner, but the original owner. I'd love to do that with my Lark. Next year I hope to take Betty to the town (Campbellford, Ont.) where she was sold new, and see if I can get any "hey, my aunt had one just like that in 1962!" comments...


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  • r1lark
    quote:Originally posted by 50Champ

    In August I bought a 1950 Champion from the estate of the second owner (David Neitzel of Mooresville, IN). He had bought the car in 1991 from the original female owner, and she had included the original purchase order with the car. Just for a few laughs I ran the woman's name through and there was a listing for her in Indianapolis, which is where the car was originally purchased. I called the number but it was disconnected, so I wrote her a letter about a month ago. I told her I had just bought a 1950 Studebaker and asked if she was the original owner. I also asked her if she still had any pictures of it or any other items relating to it. Today I finally heard back from her and she is indeed the original owner of the car! Her letter is attached below. I'm going to write back and ask her if I can drive it up there next summer and take a picture of her standing next to it. I don't know how old she is now but if she bought it when she was 25 she would be 83 now. Has anyone else ever tracked down an original owner of one of their cars?

    1950 Champion 2 Dr. Sedan
    Ummmm.....I don't see any letter.[?]

    Winston-Salem, NC
    Visit The NEW Studebaker Skytop Registry website at:

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  • JRoberts
    Since the original owner of my Cruiser was my uncle, I have indeed, spoken with him in detail about the car. I am lucky enough to have gotten several really nice items relating to the car from him.

    No matter who the previous owners have been, having an older car is only nicer when you can get some of the personal history behind it.

    Joe Roberts
    '61 R1 Champ
    '65 Cruiser
    Editor of "The Down Easterner"
    Eastern North Carolina Chapter

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  • Retired
    Yes,I spoke to the original owner of our '63 Avanti. It was a high school graduation present from her parents. We are the third owners.


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  • studegary
    That is very nice. I suggest following Bob P's. suggestion on modifying the letter. Get the picture as soon as possible.

    I have known the original owner on several of my cars. After I restored one 1953 Commander Starliner, I took it back to get a picture of the lady with the car. She said that it looked better than the day she picked it up new. I can believe that because it had a lacquer paint job and show quality chrome.

    Gary L.
    Wappinger, NY

    SDC member since 1968
    Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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  • BobPalma
    Hi, Dave:

    A suggestion: You might want to cover up her last name and address in that letter. You can do that by clicking on the little pencil icon and it will allow you to post a new, slightly altered, letter.

    If she was my grandmother, I probably wouldn't want her full name and address anywhere on the internet, advertising her probable age and living arrangement. 'Just a courtesy to what appears to be an elderly lady living alone. It's a cool letter and worth displaying, but not in its entirety.

    No offense intended, of course. BP

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  • Roscomacaw

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

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  • 2R5
    That is so cool !
    Don't wait too long getting it up there next season for that picture.
    I have a '64 that I am the 3rd owner of and I do have the original bill of sale for it but I know the man has since died , his wife is still alive but wouldn't want to contact her just in case it may bother her.

    [IMG]Home of the Fried Green Tomato

    1960 Champ
    1964 Daytona HT

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