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For Sale: 1953 Studebaker
for restoration or custom! Clean, clear title!
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Call Blair: (319) 231-9123
What you're looking at is a very rare,
low production vehicle. Although 1953 Studebaker
Champions aren't overly rare themselves, this particular
model (the Custom) has an extremely rare roof line that
has become very hard to find, and sought by collectors!
Only 3,983 of these cars were produced!
Champion Custom 2-Door Sedan!
(Serial # GI252918)
- Studebaker 169.6 cubic-inch
flathead 6-cylinder engine!
- 3-speed manual transmission with
- Only 95,000 miles!
solid and clean frame with zero corrosion!
- All original numbers matching!
- Engine turns freely (currently not
running)! Colorado car has not been driven
- Optional partial flow oil filter!
- Optional turn signals!
- Original wheels!
This beautiful vehicle has a very solid body and floors
with a few small exceptions. For more information
on the body, CLICK HERE.
The floorboards are very solid except for a four-inch
diameter soft spot near the dimmer switch. The
interior needs reworked, but the bows for the headliner
are still intact. The only thing missing from the
interior is the radio. Although the door glass
needs replaced on both doors, the rest of the glass is
in beautiful shape! This vehicle has never been
abused; just sitting idle. $4,000
Check out that
awesome, rare roof line! Please excuse the
glare/sunspots you see in the photo.
front! All the chrome you see is in great shape and
it won't take much to get it in top form, again.
The back is in great shape with the exception of the trunk
lid. This is repairable and not as bad as it would
seem. The lock cylinder and emblem is gone.
Good to know: A new trunk lid and emblem can STILL
be purchased for this car. Awesome!
This inside-the-trunk photo is to show that it has solid
body and floors. Includes the original jack!
The chrome shines real nice! It looks even better in
real! Notice the original steering wheel and
optional overdrive from the factory!
The only thing I'd like to add is that the shift linkage
at column was previously taken apart, but ALL the parts
are still here.
The Problem Areas
Although this car has many more plusses than it does
minuses, it is only fair to tell you what needs the most
attention. This is all minor stuff, but it's worth
mention. None of this takes away from the fact that
this is still an excellent project car.
This is the worst area of the interior. The back
seat looks much better than the front, but all the seats
are still in excellent shape for sitting. The
springs are still great. The seats just need
upholstery work. A cool thing about the front seat
is that both sides fold up at an angle for ease of getting
into the back seat!
The above two photos are of the passenger side front
fender and the driver side front fender
(respectively). There is some significant corrosion
near the door. This is common among Studebakers from
this year. Fortunately, it can be fixed without much
difficulty with simple sheet metal work.
There is some corrosion under the passenger side
headlight. Also, both of the turning signal lenses
are cracked. I do know that you can find replacement
lenses pretty easy.
This is a small dent on the passenger side rear fender
near the bumper. It's small and can be pounded
out. Also good to know: Quarter panels can STILL be
purchased. Plus, they bolt on and off which makes
replacing them very easy! Cool!
We are located in Dysart, Iowa. Please contact us if
you have any questions or if you would like to see
Call Blair: (319) 231-9123