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    I went to the South Bend Int. Meet in '07, but can't make it this year (family illness). Would any Stude Forum member be willing to record the serial/body #'s of the '55 President Speedsters that
    are shown? (also colors and trans.). With car owners permission, of course!, and get this info back
    to Me. I already probably have the info on most, but one never knows! I'd like to finish up the 1955 President Speedster Roster Update. Thanks very much!

  • #2
    No 'takers' on this? It would be a shame to let a car or two not get recorded.

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    • #3
      OK, Ed; I'll make the commitment to do this as the owners allow.

      (I'm not judging this year, and this gives me a good reason to beg off in case anyone asks!) 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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      • #4
        Ed, here's two that our family owned. Are these listed already or new to your list?

        Serial number 7164001, Body number 1205. Green/Yellow. Final assembly date April 4, 1955
        Serial number 7807855, Body number 1580. Coral/Pimlico Grey/Coral. CA built car. Final assembly date Sept 30, 1955 (last day of production)

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        • #5
          To: Bob Palma,------That's really good of You Bob, but I realize that Your going to be one busy Guy, probably getting very little sleep next week....so if it turns out that You just don't have the time......please don't worry about it.

          Thanks again.

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          • #6
            To: studefan,-----Thanks for posting this info on these two Speedsters that were owned by Your Family. They ARE both listed in the roster index, although I didn't have the final assy dates on either car. I do have a few notes............
            On the LA (Vernon) Speedster #7807855...... the Coraltone/Pimlico Grey/ Coraltone paint was special ordered. Also, it is (was) in show condition as of July 2011. On the SB Speedster#7164001...... It may have been sold
            out of PA via e-bay in 2006.....and is (was) in 'nice' condition as of that date. Take care

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            • #7
              Ed, that sounds about right.

              The coraltone car was sold by my sister on ebay in July 2011. It is a show car.
              The green/yellow car was sold by my dad (who lives in PA) to a private party sometime around the mid 2000s. It could be that the new owner then sold it later on ebay, but I am not sure. Nice condition is a good description for that car.

              Thanks for keeping this roster.

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              • #8
                Saturday afternoon, August 4, 2012:

                OK, Ed, here are the numbers off all the Speedsters on the show field Thursday, August 2, 2012. I will send you the owner names via PM lest they not want them posted on a public forum. They should remain "off forum" unless, of course, they post to the contrary or identify themselves.

                There were eight 1955 Speedsters on the show field; 7 stockers and one with an LS-1 Corvette engine. All had automatic transmissions. Here they are in the order in which I encountered them:

                1. S/N: 7808289 B/N: 1778 Black & White

                2. S/N: 7169931 B/N: 1995

                This one was FOR SALE, asking $6,800. A complete car needing everything, but reasonably solid. Telephone Number (608) 558-4899. The gentleman's name is Bill Knight of Brodhead WI.

                Here are two pictures of #2 in case anyone is interested in contacting the Knights. They owned the Pink & Black 1955 President Coupe right next to the Speedster and it was gorgeous. 'Seemed like nice folks, but I didn't engage them in much conversation. ('Places to go and people to see!)






                3. S/N: 7161700 B/N: 978 (Grey & White)

                4. S/N: 7169963 B/N: 2025 (Black & White)

                5. S/N: 7170733 B/N: 2210 (highest known body number?) Grey/Pink/White

                6. S/N: 7808057 B/N: 1724 Grey/Pink/White

                7. S/N: 7169584 B/N: 1901 Grey/Pink/White

                8. S/N: 7159999 B/N: 757 Black & White (LS-1 Corvette engine)

                That was it. Yes, there were NO(!) Lemon/Lime Speesters shown at this SDC International Meet, but three very nice ones in Shasta White / Coraltone / Pimlico Grey! Go figure.

                I will now send you a PM with the owners, names, by number from the above list. 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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                • #9
                  To: Bob Palma,-------------- OK eight Speedsters......decent turnout..........that IS unusual no lemon/lime jobs showed...... I'll check now to see how these #'s fit in, and will post back on this thread. By the way Bob, if We ever
                  meet, (maybe Colorado 2013), dinner's on Me.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by SN-60 View Post
                    To: Bob Palma,-------------- OK eight Speedsters......decent turnout..........that IS unusual no lemon/lime jobs showed...... I'll check now to see how these #'s fit in, and will post back on this thread. By the way Bob, if We ever
                    meet, (maybe Colorado 2013), dinner's on Me.
                    You're on.

                    Come to think of it, and somebody correct me if I'm wrong, I didn't see a lemon/Lime Speedster anywhere in South Bend this week; show field, parking lots, motel lots, etc., nowhere! 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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                    • #11
                      To: Bob Palma, (and anyone else that might be interested in the '55 President Speedster Roster),-------- Bob, of the eight Speedsters that You identified at South Bend, only two were in the roster
                      index #7161700 & 7170733) so, in My opinion, You're taking the time to do this was well worth it! Speedster #7170733 does have the highest body #(6HK7 2210) that I have recorded, which is also interesting.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by SN-60 View Post
                        To: Bob Palma (and anyone else that might be interested in the '55 President Speedster Roster):

                        Bob, of the eight Speedsters you identified at South Bend, only two were in the roster index (#7161700 & 7170733) so, in my opinion, you're taking the time to do this was well worth it!

                        Speedster #7170733 does have the highest body #(6HK7 2210) that I have recorded, which is also interesting.
                        Holy cow; that is amazing: I would have hoped you'd pick up a couple, but six of eight is 75% of the Speedsters there were not in the roster!

                        The one For Sale (7169931) I think is a fresh -ahem- "field resurrection," so I'm not surprised it was a "newbie," but not five more in addition to it.

                        Time well spent indeed; 'glad to have helped. (Incidentally, all the owners present gave permission for the data from their cars to be recorded.) 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
                          I am going to look at four Speedsters later in the week. I have seen the photos and it will take the first two to make one car and the other two are just picked apart bodies. Just trying to find a place to send the VIN numbers.

                          Gary Meek in Texas.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Gary Meek View Post
                            Just trying to find a place to send the VIN numbers.
                            Your best bet is to contact Ed via the Avanti forum on the AOAI site. He goes by the title, 'mfg', and PM him with your Speedster finds.

                            Craig

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                            • #15
                              FYI we have a friend in the area (Seattle) who has a Speedster that he has had for years. It's been some time since I saw the car, but the body seemed pretty solid then, but it has been sitting out. It's just a body with doors, fenders, hood or trunk lid. I don't want to be caught in the middle of a negotiation, but I understand that the price is right-free! I can provide contact info if anyone is interested. As an aside I might be able to provide a decent hood and Speedster trunk lid, but they are not free.

                              Bill

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