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    I only have one picture of it and for some reason I can't download it onto this thread. It's a 1952 4 door Champion Sedan. This guy is selling it for his father-in-law and he wants me to place an ad in our club newsletter. It is a project car with dents and flat tires and he was told it "ran when parked" over 30 years ago.

    He seems to think it is worth $8500 and I hate to place the ad with that price on it as I don't thinks it will generate much interest. I sent him an e-mail as I don't have a phone number for him. I'm hoping I can steer him towards a reasonable price for the car.

    We have a ton of experts here, how about some ideas on a more reasonable range? My thoughts are a 52 sedan is not a highly collectible model and in a non running condition, needing lots of body work (basically it's in need of a complete restoration) this car will be lucky to bring a grand.

    I'll try again to get a picture but I'm not sure if I will be able to.
    Jon Stalnaker
    Karel Staple Chapter SDC

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    [QUOTE=Sdude;658001]I only have one picture of it and for some reason I can't download it onto this thread. It's a 1952 4 door Champion Sedan. This guy is selling it for his father-in-law and he wants me to place an ad in our club newsletter. It is a project car with dents and flat tires and he was told it "ran when parked" over 30 years ago.

    He seems to think it is worth $8500 and I hate to place the ad with that price on it as I don't thinks it will generate much interest. I sent him an e-mail as I don't have a phone number for him. I'm hoping I can steer him towards a reasonable price for the car.

    We have a ton of experts here, how about some ideas on a more reasonable range? My thoughts are a 52 sedan is not a highly collectible model and in a non running condition, needing lots of body work (basically it's in need of a complete restoration) this car will be lucky to bring a grand.

    4-door. Champion. dents, flat tires, hasn't run in 30 years. It would bring about $400 as scrap. Maybe less.

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    • #3
      Would cost more to restore than value would permit, 'tis a shame. Disassembled and sold as parts would bring greater value but require investment of time, energy and patience.
      I have given Studebakers like this to our parts vendors. They have rewarded me with favors in return. Worth more than scrap value to the interested party. "Tis a shame.
      "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

      Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
      Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
      '33 Rockne 10,
      '51 Commander Starlight,
      '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
      '56 Sky Hawk

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      • #4
        Based on your discription alone I would think $850 would be more like it....if that much.
        Lou Van Anne
        62 Champ
        64 R2 GT Hawk
        79 Avanti II

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        • #5
          Jon,

          If you want to use my Conestoga as an example, it is in similar condition and I paid $900 for it. Arguably, it is a more desirable model. You might ask him what he is basing his pricing on.
          Pat Dilling
          Olivehurst, CA
          Custom '53 Starlight aka STU COOL


          LS1 Engine Swap Journal: http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/jour...ournalid=33611

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          • #6
            Is he trying to sell it, or is he trying to convince his wife that he's trying to sell it. If the answer is the latter, he's right on target
            '63 Lark Custom, 259 v8, auto, child seat

            "Your friendly neighborhood Studebaker evangelist"

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            • #7
              I talked with him on the phone and he said he was just making a wild guess. I suggested he do a little homework but I shared the quotes in this thread with him so he got a reality check. He said he would call his Father in law and discuss it with him and get back to me before I post the ad. I hated to be the bearer of bad news but I figured I would be doing him no favors by listing the car for sale at $8500.
              Jon Stalnaker
              Karel Staple Chapter SDC

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              • #8
                Jon is this the car in Santa Rosa? and new owner is back east? he called me but have not gotten back yet been to busy with m wife in and out of the hospital, From the sound of things the car would be a scrap price type car, I have a 52 4 door commander with 3 speed and overdrive and it should be going on e-bay next week, will take $1500.00 for it and am sure it is a much better car very little rust either, anyone interested let me know.
                Candbstudebakers
                Castro Valley,
                California


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                • #9
                  $8,500 should buy a nice running 52 4 door. A non running car that needs everything is worth slightly more than scrap if it has a solid body.
                  "In the heart of Arkansas."
                  Searcy, Arkansas
                  1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
                  1952 2R pickup

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by candbstudebakers View Post
                    Jon is this the car in Santa Rosa? and new owner is back east? he called me but have not gotten back yet been to busy with m wife in and out of the hospital, From the sound of things the car would be a scrap price type car, I have a 52 4 door commander with 3 speed and overdrive and it should be going on e-bay next week, will take $1500.00 for it and am sure it is a much better car very little rust either, anyone interested let me know.
                    The car is in a barn in St Paul Oregon. The one you talk about is a different one.

                    Hope your wife is OK.
                    Jon Stalnaker
                    Karel Staple Chapter SDC

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Sdude View Post
                      The car is in a barn in St Paul Oregon. The one you talk about is a different one.

                      Hope your wife is OK.
                      Ya Jon, she is getting better but was in bad shape for a while, she will be in South Bend with me at end of the month..Bob
                      Candbstudebakers
                      Castro Valley,
                      California


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                      • #12
                        Here is a few pictures of the 52 Commander 4 door that I have for sale only rust is some small holes starting in the lower door area, V-8 3 speed with over drive .











                        Candbstudebakers
                        Castro Valley,
                        California


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                        • #13
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ID:	1674742 OK, I got the picture uploaded. He's asking $1000 or best offer. So what do you want for your 52 Bob? You want to place an ad in Hawk Talks?
                          Jon Stalnaker
                          Karel Staple Chapter SDC

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                          • #14
                            No Ad at this time Jon, to the forum members the price is $1500.00 when it goes on e-bay then who knows what it will go for, thanks ...Bob
                            Candbstudebakers
                            Castro Valley,
                            California


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                            • #15
                              Any pictures of the interior and under the hood?
                              "In the heart of Arkansas."
                              Searcy, Arkansas
                              1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
                              1952 2R pickup

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