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    There is a 1955 President Hardtop on Ebay. Owner says 6Hk5 2551 on firewall and
    VIn 71629444. Is it a Speedster ? How can one tell the difference compared to a
    President Hardtop? Car is at $1025 and needs most everythng.
    Thanks,
    ...Dick
    The 1950 Champion Starlight
    Santa Barbara
    CA

  • #2
    no, a Speedster would be a 6H-K7. Differences between a Speedster and a regular President Hardtop would be primarily the dashboard and the interior trim, although there's some exterior trim items that may be different as well. The Speedster has a unique, engine turned dash with Stewart-Warner gauges, while a K5 would have the same dash as all other '55 C-Ks (and very similar to pre-Ultra Vista '55 sedans.) The seats and door panels on a Speedster would be leather, not vinyl or cloth.

    nate

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    • #3
      I don't think the door and qtrs are leather except, on the first 13 show cars.
      Klif

      55 Speedster
      55 Speedster/Street Machine
      63 Avanti R2
      64 Convertible R1

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      • #4
        Klif: One feature of Speedsters was their standard leather interior; all of them, not just the show cars. (Well, OK, I suppose someone is going to document a special order with a cloth or vinyl interior, but it would have had to be special order indeed.) BP
        We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

        Ayn Rand:
        "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

        G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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        • #5
          I thought just the seats were leather Bob ?

          JDP/Maryland
          JDP Maryland

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          • #6
            Many Thanks for the info. Guess I won't bid although the car does seem to be restorable
            and I always admired the 55 hardtop. Nuts, I won't have a lemon and lime Studebaker.
            ...Dick

            1950 Champion Starlight
            1963 Hawk GT
            Santa Barbara
            CA

            The 1950 Champion Starlight
            Santa Barbara
            CA

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            • #7
              quote:Originally posted by JDP

              I thought just the seats were leather Bob ?

              JDP/Maryland
              True, John; that's what I meant. BP
              We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

              Ayn Rand:
              "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

              G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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              • #8
                Nothin' wrong with a "plain" '55 C/K... although I have to admit the Speedster dash/interior is quite nice.

                nate

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                • #9
                  Didn't the Speedster trim also make it possible for it to pull of tri-tone paint scheme(IE Were the tri tone paint schemes limited to the Speedster?). I was always fanatical about that White/Coral/Charcoal scheme they used .

                  [img=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201950%202r5%20Studebaker%20Pickup%20with%20turbocharger/P1000137-1.jpg[/img=left][img=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201950%202r5%20Studebaker%20Pickup%20with%20turbocharger/P1000145-1.jpg[/img=left][IMG=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/Ex%20Studebaker%20Plant%20Locomotive/P1000578-1.jpg[/IMG=right]
                  [IMG=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201964%20Studebaker%20Commander%20R2/P1010168.jpg[/IMG=right]

                  1964 Studebaker Commander R2 clone
                  1963 Studebaker Daytona Hardtop with no engine or transmission
                  1950 Studebaker 2R5 w/170 six cylinder and 3spd OD
                  1955 Studebaker Commander Hardtop w/289 and 3spd OD and Megasquirt port fuel injection(among other things)

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                  • #10
                    quote:Originally posted by PlainBrownR2

                    Didn't the Speedster trim also make it possible for it to pull of tri-tone paint scheme(IE Were the tri tone paint schemes limited to the Speedster?). I was always fanatical about that White/Coral/Charcoal scheme they used .

                    It would be possible on other models, but only offered on the Speedster. This is one I miss.


                    JDP/Maryland
                    JDP Maryland

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                    • #11
                      According to Mr. Quinns artical in Collectible Automobile Oct 98.
                      The show cars were all leather, but production was vinyl for head liners and door panels and I think the qtrs also. The 3 I took apart for restoration of mine were that way.
                      There were 14 show cars not 13 as I stated. Memory seems to be fading. Age???
                      Klif

                      55 Speedster
                      55 Speedster/Street Machine
                      63 Avanti R2
                      64 Convertible R1

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                      • #12
                        quote:Originally posted by klifton1

                        According to Mr. Quinns artical in Collectible Automobile Oct 98.
                        The show cars were all leather, but production was vinyl for head liners and door panels and I think the qtrs also. The 3 I took apart for restoration of mine were that way.
                        There were 14 show cars not 13 as I stated. Memory seems to be fading. Age???
                        Klif

                        55 Speedster
                        [B)] As we clarified, Klif; 'meant to say leather seats; not the whole interior. BP
                        We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

                        Ayn Rand:
                        "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

                        G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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                        • #13


                          Something like this
                          Bill
                          http://www.rustyrestorations.org/index.php
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