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  • Unique '53 custom on eBay

    Different strokes for different folks!


    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Stude...addb6a&vxp=mtr
    Don Wilson, Centralia, WA

    40 Champion 4 door*
    50 Champion 2 door*
    53 Commander K Auto*
    53 Commander K overdrive*
    55 President Speedster
    62 GT 4Speed*
    63 Avanti R1*
    64 Champ 1/2 ton

    * Formerly owned

  • #2
    Too true. Recently I met a fellow SDCer who owns an extreme early '50s Stude custom; the kind seen at early '60s custom car shows. He lamented what a good car it was and that he hadn't been able to sell it after two years of trying.

    A restored original Stude is what it is; Lowey's professional designer team's attempt at "most advanced yet acceptable" styling. They were trying to sell cars in a niche market. A custom is one amateur attempt at a unique personal statement. There might not be one other person in the world who sees and agrees with that vision.

    jack vines
    PackardV8

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    • #3
      A custom car is a lot like a custom home, but even worse. The "custom" look is up to the persom building. I have seen customs for sale that I would own if I could afford them. Then I have seen customs that are like this one (to me) . To me this is a ruined 53 Studebaker. I am sure others see it differently. The quality of this build may be excellent, BUT, he has to find someone that it appeals to. There is someone out there that it does appeal to, I am sure. Any drastic changes to a 53 coupe is ( to steal a word Jack has used) an "attempt" to make the design better. Everyone has different taste. I know my 53 only appeals to a few, but I will also know that when I start to sell it.

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      • #4
        Loved the car until I saw the Cadillac Tail fins.Hard to believe someone would do that.I'm looking for a Studebaker hot rod,won't be that one...

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        • #5
          And I thought ours was pretty radical. Even though our exterior was changed quite a bit our car is still mostly Studebaker including the drive train.
          Tim-'53 Starlight Commander Custom and '63 Avanti in Yuma, AZ
          https://www.jimsrodshop.com/project/53-resurrection https://www.jimsrodshop.com/project/always-ahead

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          • #6
            Reminds me of a big game African safari hunter...showing off his prized kill pic's.
            I saw it, and wondered "I never knew such an animal could exist in the wild"...
            HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

            Jeff


            Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain



            Note: SDC# 070190 (and earlier...)

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            • #7
              Looks like a lot of quality work in that. Still, personally, I would not want it either. Well, I might, but it would have to be truly a steal.

              I'm guessing the seller is on a collision course with getting insulted by where the bidding ends, ten to twenty percent of the build cost.

              I don't know how many times I've seen people spend the money to build their vision, then when it's time to sell for whatever reason, are devastated to find out that nobody else thinks their vision was worth anything near what they did. It doesn't help when you see TV shows with high-end Foose-types that seem to build their ideas and make a fortune doing so from rich buyers clamoring to write 6-figure checks for whatever they build. Doesn't work that way for the rest of us.
              Proud NON-CASO

              I do not prize the word "cheap." It is not a badge of honor...it is a symbol of despair. ~ William McKinley

              If it is decreed that I should go down, then let me go down linked with the truth - let me die in the advocacy of what is just and right.- Lincoln

              GOD BLESS AMERICA

              Ephesians 6:10-17
              Romans 15:13
              Deuteronomy 31:6
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              • #8
                It might be the SoCal heat talkin',
                but I almost like those fins on that car!!!

                As for that roofline-- not so much.
                StudeDave '57
                US Navy (retired)

                3rd Generation Stude owner/driver
                SDC Member since 1985

                past President
                Whatcom County Chapter SDC
                San Diego Chapter SDC

                past Vice President
                San Diego Chapter SDC
                North Florida Chapter SDC

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                • #9
                  It's not awful. I think the paint color is the most disappointing. A dark purple metallic, or deep blue, or really anything other than resale red. It's a common car color, and this is not a common car. Tail light situation isn't my taste either. Also, with all the money spent, why put a junkyard steering wheel in the thing? Get a custom wheel. They should have put power windows on the doors, instead of extending the handle out which will no doubt drive a bigger driver such as myself nuts at it's right where your knee would like to be.

                  In general though, it's not awful.
                  '63 Lark Custom, 259 v8, auto, child seat

                  "Your friendly neighborhood Studebaker evangelist"

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                  • #10
                    Looks like first rate workmanship, but to me, it's sort of like painting a first class mustache on the Mona Lisa.

                    The original 1953 Loewy C/K design was the purest, and I've yet to see an improvement on it, including the geegaws Studebaker kept tacking on over the years. The only exception was the 1956 Sky Hawk, I'd love to have one of those (with a 53-54 trunk lid).
                    1996 Impala SS
                    1967 Jag XKE FHC
                    1963 Avanti R2
                    1963 Avanti R1
                    1956 Packard Patrician
                    1948 Jag Mk IV DHC
                    1909 Hupmobile Model 20

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                    • #11
                      In my business, I semi-regularly get contacted by people looking to sell a project amidship because they ran out of money, interest, or health. It is a common thing to have to hurt somebody with the reality that I cannot take over a customized project hoping to sell or finish and sell and not lose my shirt, unless it's pennies on the dollar.

                      At least with a stock, original-type restoration, you can somewhat project what it would be worth finished, and back up to an offer from there. Most of the time, the only way to buy is to plan to part it out.

                      Of course, there's always the guy that has $35K into a car that's 75% finished that would sell finished for $15K. But that's another topic.
                      Proud NON-CASO

                      I do not prize the word "cheap." It is not a badge of honor...it is a symbol of despair. ~ William McKinley

                      If it is decreed that I should go down, then let me go down linked with the truth - let me die in the advocacy of what is just and right.- Lincoln

                      GOD BLESS AMERICA

                      Ephesians 6:10-17
                      Romans 15:13
                      Deuteronomy 31:6
                      Proverbs 28:1

                      Illegitimi non carborundum

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by DEEPNHOCK View Post
                        Reminds me of a big game African safari hunter...showing off his prized kill pic's.
                        I saw it, and wondered "I never knew such an animal could exist in the wild"...
                        With the Caddy tail fins, this car puts me in mind of a Jackalope.
                        Don Wilson, Centralia, WA

                        40 Champion 4 door*
                        50 Champion 2 door*
                        53 Commander K Auto*
                        53 Commander K overdrive*
                        55 President Speedster
                        62 GT 4Speed*
                        63 Avanti R1*
                        64 Champ 1/2 ton

                        * Formerly owned

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                        • #13
                          I nearly, sorta like the Olds dash.
                          Jerry Forrester
                          Forrester's Chrome
                          Douglasville, Georgia

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

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                          • #14
                            Another classic ruined imo.

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                            • #15
                              Studillac. Jerry, seems as though you have your ducks in a row. jimmijim
                              sigpicAnything worth doing deserves your best shot. Do it right the first time. When you're done you will know it. { I'm just the guy who thinks he knows everything, my buddy is the guy who knows everything.} cheers jimmijim*****SDC***** member

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