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  • Found a Speedster in the bushes

    Went to look at a Speedster yesterday.
    It's been setting in the bushes for 20 years or so.
    The guy wants me to make an offer.
    Missing the engine, auto tranny, radiator, hood, front bumper, left park light housing, flying wing and both tail lights.
    Although all the sheet metal is straight it has rust (no holes over the size of a pencil) around all the bottom edges.
    None of the glass is cracked or missing.
    All the stainless (inside and out) is there and is in near perfect shape (no dings at all that I could see or feel). All other moldings are good (driver quality and/or platable).
    Cowl tag is there as well as the VIN plate.
    Dash is excellent.
    All the gauges are there but have rust on the bezels.
    The interior is complete but is not usable except for patterns.
    It had to have been a nice car when it was parked there.
    I just cant imagine WHY someone would do that to a Speedster.
    Anyhow, what is the value(at the South Bend Swap Meet) of the individual parts that are left?


    Jerry Forrester
    Douglasville, Georgia
    Be sure to check out my eBay store
    http://stores.ebay.com/CHROME-CHROME-CHROME
    for your shiny Stude stuff


    More pix of Leo the '55 Pres HT here...http://tinyurl.com/2gj6cu
    Jerry Forrester
    Forrester's Chrome
    Douglasville, Georgia

    See all of Buttercup's pictures at https://imgur.com/a/tBjGzTk


  • #2
    Please post the VIN number if you can. We have people trying to track Speedsters (lol). The front parking light housings are rare if they are in good shape. The stainless is fairly rare and that dashboard is specific to the Speedster and well worth saving. Almost everything else is available repopped. Nice find!
    Dave Warren (Perry Mason by day, Perry Como by night)

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    • #3
      Just curious. How did you find it? Accident? Hot tip? Friend who knows about your addiction to the marque?

      "In the heart of Arkansas."
      1952 Champion Starlight w/overdrive. Searcy, Arkansas
      "In the heart of Arkansas."
      Searcy, Arkansas
      1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
      1952 2R pickup

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      • #4
        quote:Originally posted by 52-fan

        Just curious. How did you find it? Accident? Hot tip? Friend who knows about your addiction to the marque?

        "In the heart of Arkansas."
        1952 Champion Starlight w/overdrive. Searcy, Arkansas
        Just someone who knows about my addiction to the marque and knows of my seemingly life-long '55 Pres HT project.

        Jerry Forrester
        Douglasville, Georgia
        Be sure to check out my eBay store
        http://stores.ebay.com/CHROME-CHROME-CHROME
        for your shiny Stude stuff


        More pix of Leo the '55 Pres HT here...http://tinyurl.com/2gj6cu
        Jerry Forrester
        Forrester's Chrome
        Douglasville, Georgia

        See all of Buttercup's pictures at https://imgur.com/a/tBjGzTk

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        • #5
          It seems that Studebakers turn up in unexpected places IF people know you have one. That is one of the reasons that I encourage people to drive their Studes more than just to meetings. Not that I am a very good example, because I haven't had a road worthy Studebaker for several years. Just something like a Studebaker calendar on the wall at work can generate leads.

          "In the heart of Arkansas."
          1952 Champion Starlight w/overdrive. Searcy, Arkansas
          "In the heart of Arkansas."
          Searcy, Arkansas
          1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
          1952 2R pickup

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          • #6
            The Speedster-specific parts are gonna bring big bucks. The 55 K-body stuff - less, but still significant if as nice as you say.

            That said, with 2215 of these built, it certainly would be worth trying to revive as a project. Besides, I know a rechrome guy who'd give you a great deal.[^]


            1957 Transtar 1/2ton
            1963 Cruiser
            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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            • #7
              quote:Originally posted by Mr.Biggs

              The Speedster-specific parts are gonna bring big bucks. The 55 K-body stuff - less, but still significant if as nice as you say.

              That said, with 2215 of these built, it certainly would be worth trying to revive as a project. Besides, I know a rechrome guy who'd give you a great deal.[^]


              1957 Transtar 1/2ton
              1963 Cruiser
              1960 Larkvertible V8
              1958 Provincial wagon
              1953 Commander coupe
              1957 President two door

              All Speedster specific parts are there with the exception of the hood ornament.

              Jerry Forrester
              Douglasville, Georgia
              Be sure to check out my eBay store
              http://stores.ebay.com/CHROME-CHROME-CHROME
              for your shiny Stude stuff


              More pix of Leo the '55 Pres HT here...http://tinyurl.com/2gj6cu
              Jerry Forrester
              Forrester's Chrome
              Douglasville, Georgia

              See all of Buttercup's pictures at https://imgur.com/a/tBjGzTk

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              • #8
                quote:Originally posted by Jerry Forrester
                All Speedster specific parts are there with the exception of the hood ornament.
                Then WHY strip it??! It deserves a restoration, being such a rare car!!

                Craig

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                • #9
                  8E45E, because it will cost $50,000 to produce a $30,000 car. When can he expect your contribution?
                  Dave Warren (Perry Mason by day, Perry Como by night)

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                  • #10
                    quote:Originally posted by warrlaw1

                    8E45E, because it will cost $50,000 to produce a $30,000 car. When can he expect your contribution?
                    I like the way you think..........logical.

                    Jerry Forrester
                    Douglasville, Georgia
                    Be sure to check out my eBay store
                    http://stores.ebay.com/CHROME-CHROME-CHROME
                    for your shiny Stude stuff


                    More pix of Leo the '55 Pres HT here...http://tinyurl.com/2gj6cu
                    Jerry Forrester
                    Forrester's Chrome
                    Douglasville, Georgia

                    See all of Buttercup's pictures at https://imgur.com/a/tBjGzTk

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                    • #11
                      quote:Originally posted by Jerry Forrester

                      quote:Originally posted by warrlaw1

                      8E45E, because it will cost $50,000 to produce a $30,000 car. When can he expect your contribution?
                      I like the way you think..........logical.
                      I don't disagree, but unless someone saves it from the crusher or rust, it won't be around for a future restoration.
                      For the SDC to remain healthy, there will need to be projects for someone in the distant future to spend his money on.

                      Right now, it may be worth a few bucks to buy and set aside for a future restoration...even if Jerry doesn't do it.

                      63 Avanti R1 2788
                      1914 Stutz Bearcat
                      (George Barris replica)

                      Washington State
                      63 Avanti R1 2788
                      1914 Stutz Bearcat
                      (George Barris replica)

                      Washington State

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                      • #12
                        I agree, it was a money car (Coupes Expresses,too). But without the #s matching it won't bring $20,000. There will be projects for future SDC members, I assure you. Saving this one would have to be a labour of love for someone with mad money. The alternative would be a donor for other Speedsters that are closer to being complete. Please sign your donor cards.
                        Dave Warren (Perry Mason by day, Perry Como by night)

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                        • #13
                          I'll give ya $10 for all the stainless.

                          [)]

                          Matthew Burnette
                          Hazlehurst, GA

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                          • #14
                            quote:Originally posted by warrlaw1

                            8E45E, because it will cost $50,000 to produce a $30,000 car. When can he expect your contribution?
                            I've NEVER seen a Speedster that has LOST value with each passing year provided it remains in the same condition. In ten years' time, it will probably be worth $40,000 or more.[^] Many here restore a Studebaker for the love of doing it, not to make money. I know I'll never get my labor (even at $2.00 an hour) if I were to sell my truck, but the hours spent working on it are priceless to me and I have something to show for it.

                            Craig

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                            • #15
                              The problem is Craig, most people don't have the $$$ and time to toss at every single car they happen upon. Besides, Jerry's just an old hot rodder.

                              Matthew Burnette
                              Hazlehurst, GA

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