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    I got a call from the local Chevy dealer today. Actually he owns a Ford dealership in one town, a nissan in another town, and the Buick dealership along with the Chevy place here.
    He asked me to come by his lot and give an opinion on a car he had just taken in on trade. he said "It's a Studebaker El Presidente, or somthing like that."

    When I got there I was shocked to see a beautiful Late 55 President State sedan. The car was covered with dust but the red and white paint shown through like stars on a clear night. The interior and carpet looked brand new. The seats had plastic sheets spread over them. It had a V8 4bbl with 3spd OD. The tires looked to be new when parked.
    There were a few bad places on the chrome, but pretty nice overall. The WCFB was frozen up and I couldn't turn the engine by hand. It had a HUGE 6V battery and what appeared to be a factory A/C compressor. I looked inside for a knee knocker and found none. Then I noticed the plastic tubes coming through the rear package shelf.i Could not get into the trunk but as near as I could tell the car was almost perfect. As best as I could inspect while still on a rollback.

    The story I got was, it had belonged to an old man who had it restored 20+ years ago, took ill, and put it in storage. He recently died and his grandson traded it in on a new truck. Sale price as it stands right now is $6500. If I could afford it, It would already be at my shop. If anyone is interested you can call Woody Folsom Chevrolet at 912 375 2503.

    My main photographer has abandoned us here in So.Ga. and moved north. His replacement is a collage girl with a boyfriend in another collage so her Grandpa time is limited. But i will try to get Sabrina to post some pictures as soon as I can.

    If anyone is interested you can contact me or call the dealership direct. NT
    Last edited by BobGlasscock; 01-09-2012, 06:13 PM.
    Neil Thornton

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    It never ceases to amaze me at the things that are still coming out of barns and garages and fields everyday and what is surely still out there. It is mind bottling....you know, when your mind is all bottled up....

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    • #3
      Go figure. I leave Hazlehurst and a President State shows up! Seems like a lot of money for a non runner, though.

      Has it been stored in Hazlehurst the past 20 years? Odd that you never knew about it.

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      • #4
        The car came out of Ludowici. Last tag ,I think was 90. There was some paperwork in it from Colorado. I don't believe it would take much to make it run, but you never know until you get into it.
        Originally posted by mbstude View Post
        Go figure. I leave Hazlehurst and a President State shows up! Seems like a lot of money for a non runner, though.

        Has it been stored in Hazlehurst the past 20 years? Odd that you never knew about it.
        Neil Thornton

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        • #5
          Originally posted by rockinhawk View Post
          I got a call from the local Chevy dealer today. Actually he owns a Ford dealership in one town, a nissan in another town, and the Buick dealership along with the Chevy place here.
          He asked me to come by his lot and give an opinion on a car he had just taken in on trade. he said "It's a Studebaker El Presidente, or somthing like that."

          When I got there I was shocked to see a beautiful Late 55 President State sedan. The car was covered with dust but the red and white paint shown through like stars on a clear night. The interior and carpet looked brand new. The seats had plastic sheets spread over them. It had a V8 4bbl with 3spd OD. The tires looked to be new when parked.
          There were a few bad places on the chrome, but pretty nice overall. The WCFB was frozen up and I couldn't turn the engine by hand. It had a HUGE 6V battery and what appeared to be a factory A/C compressor. I looked inside for a knee knocker and found none. Then I noticed the plastic tubes coming through the rear package shelf.i Could not get into the trunk but as near as I could tell the car was almost perfect. As best as I could inspect while still on a rollback.

          The story I got was, it had belonged to an old man who had it restored 20+ years ago, took ill, and put it in storage. He recently died and his grandson traded it in on a new truck. Sale price as it stands right now is $6500. If I could afford it, It would already be at my shop. If anyone is interested you can call Woody Folsom Chevrolet at 912 375 2503.

          My main photographer has abandoned us here in So.Ga. and moved north. His replacement is a collage girl with a boyfriend in another collage so her Grandpa time is limited. But i will try to get Sabrina to post some pictures as soon as I can.

          If anyone is interested you can contact me or call the dealership direct. NT
          A few years ago someone in Nebraska advertised a '55 President with 30 factory options including a/c. I couldn't think up 30 options no matter how hard I tried, but sure always wondered what became of the car.
          Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
          '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Avanti R-1, Museum R-4 engine, '72 Gravely Model 430 with Onan engine

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          • #6
            I remember going out and looking at the car in Nebraska. I remember it had a lot of stuff on it but it needed a lot of TLC and not worth the asking price.

            Denny L

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            • #7
              I'd say the price needs to be more like $2800 at the most, very nice driving car if you could get it cheap enough, 55 Presidents are the nicest looking cars when finished right. He's asking C-K prices for a 4 dr.
              101st Airborne Div. 326 Engineers Ft Campbell Ky.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by clonelark View Post
                I'd say the price needs to be more like $2800 at the most, very nice driving car if you could get it cheap enough, 55 Presidents are the nicest looking cars when finished right. He's asking C-K prices for a 4 dr.
                That's kinda what I thought untill I saw it. the price may not be firm. Woody's sales slogan is "TAWWWLK to me"
                Neil Thornton

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                • #9
                  Could if have been walthourville ga. Just a few miles from ludowici? May have heard about this car several years ago.

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                  • #10
                    Kind of interesting finding a stickshift in a loaded top of the line model like that, but with the benefit of 57 years hindsight,it's probably a blessing!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ma1951 View Post
                      Could if have been walthourville ga. Just a few miles from ludowici? May have heard about this car several years ago.
                      Could be the same car. It has a SDC sticker on it. They told me Ludowici but there are only 7 miles between the two towns.
                      Neil Thornton

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by rockinhawk View Post
                        Could be the same car. It has a SDC sticker on it. They told me Ludowici but there are only 7 miles between the two towns.
                        Neil: Referencing SN-60's remark above yours: Is it my imagination, or was there a higher-proportion of manual-transmission cars sold in the south during the 50s and 60s?

                        I ask this because when I went to the fall Hershey and Carlisle meets for many years, it seemed like there were a lot more oddball cars with manual transmissions offered for sale from "down south" than elsewhere.

                        For example, we'd rarely, if ever, see a garden-variety 1963 Galaxie 500 4-door sedan with a 289 and three-speed on the column here in an urban midwest area, but it wouldn't be uncommon to see one offered for sale in the Carlisle Car Corral from the Carolinas or Georgia.

                        Just wondering if my observation had any validity, in your opinion. (This overdrive-equipped 1955 President State seems to validate what I've observed over a period of years.) 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
                          Originally posted by BobPalma View Post
                          Neil: Referencing SN-60's remark above yours: Is it my imagination, or was there a higher-proportion of manual-transmission cars sold in the south during the 50s and 60s?

                          I ask this because when I went to the fall Hershey and Carlisle meets for many years, it seemed like there were a lot more oddball cars with manual transmissions offered for sale from "down south" than elsewhere.

                          For example, we'd rarely, if ever, see a garden-variety 1963 Galaxie 500 4-door sedan with a 289 and three-speed on the column here in an urban midwest area, but it wouldn't be uncommon to see one offered for sale in the Carlisle Car Corral from the Carolinas or Georgia.

                          Just wondering if my observation had any validity, in your opinion. (This overdrive-equipped 1955 President State seems to validate what I've observed over a period of years.) BP
                          As a boy growing up in rural so. Ga. I recall many discussions by the old folks about" them new-fangled orty-matic transmissions" Generally the common folks were afraid they would break down and no one knew how to fix'em. Or it would cost so much to fix it,it wouldn't be worth it. The old 3spd was tried and true. Folks trusted them, and a farmer could fix it or change it out himself if it did give trouble. Automatics had a reputation of poor gas mileage,and many people assosiated them with laziness. I remember hearing one man say "I'll shift my own gears thank you!" and another "I would'nt have one of those SHIFTLESS things."
                          My Dad believed, as do I, that you have more control over your vehicle if you are using it to work with. ie: Pulling stumps out of the ground or stuck tractors out of the mud. I have 4 trucks that I use in my business. All of them are manuel.
                          Neil Thornton

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by rockinhawk View Post
                            As a boy growing up in rural so. Ga. I recall many discussions by the old folks about" them new-fangled orty-matic transmissions" Generally the common folks were afraid they would break down and no one knew how to fix'em. Or it would cost so much to fix it,it wouldn't be worth it. The old 3spd was tried and true. Folks trusted them, and a farmer could fix it or change it out himself if it did give trouble. Automatics had a reputation of poor gas mileage,and many people assosiated them with laziness. I remember hearing one man say "I'll shift my own gears thank you!" and another "I would'nt have one of those SHIFTLESS things."
                            My Dad believed, as do I, that you have more control over your vehicle if you are using it to work with. ie: Pulling stumps out of the ground or stuck tractors out of the mud. I have 4 trucks that I use in my business. All of them are manuel.
                            Yep! I could have written everything you posted Neil. In our youth...in our part of the country...automatics were for "wimmin" and sissies!
                            Last edited by jclary; 01-11-2012, 03:38 PM.
                            John Clary
                            Greer, SC

                            SDC member since 1975

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                            • #15
                              Neil, I can imagine the feeling when you saw this car. If you are anything like me, I still have that "feeling" when something like this happens. Growing up in a junk yard, cars have always been a part of my life. That thrill of "the find" is just as strong today at 67. Ida liked to have been there.

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