Studebaker Business Coupe on Ford Explorer Frame

Why not?

According to the seller, everything here works. The next owner will need to decide whether to keep the rat rod concept going or repaint.  We think it should probably stay this way, but it’d be tempting to seal up that hood, if possible.

Apparently, this carries a clean Studebaker title; so this may not be hard to register.  Even in California, the inspector just needs to match the VIN.

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Winter Springs, FL, USA
$10,500 BIN with offers considered and 2.5 days to go

One could go sleeper on this one, but the seller has decided not to, as the wheels look modern and the open hood concept reveals the (relatively) modern engine.

Usually, open hood sections on hot rods reveal chrome, headers and big carbs. Not here.

Rear looks remarkably normal.

Much of the interior is Explorer; but door panels appear to be original to the body.

Even the rear seat is here, as are the front shoulder belts.

Trunk pales in comparison to stock Explorer cargo area; but at least there’s some room.

We think the modern sunroof is a creative touch; but we wonder whether it leaks.

Here’s a sideways shot of the Ford 302.  Many knocked the pushrod V8, even 17 years ago; but it works and parts are easy to find. Fuel injection should mean this Studebaker starts every time.

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1941 Rat Rod / 5 Window Business Coupe, Sitting on a 2000 Ford Chassis, 5.0 V-8, PS, PB, Tilt, Cruise, AT Shift in Floor, All Wheel Drive, Resto Mod Dash,  Sitting on 17″s, The Floor & Trunk pans Do Not Have any Rust Out. They are from the 2000 Chassis. New Starter, Battery, Alternator, Fuel pump, Professionally Custom Built. Channeled 7″, Leather Buckets, Console, 2″ Gauges, Too Much work to list. Taking years to build ! ! ! Original Modified Hood, Working Electric Factory Ford Sun Roof / Moon Roof.  Retractable Shoulder Harness Factory Ford Seat belts in front. One of a Kind, Street Rat. THE FLOOR PANS DO NOT HAVE ANY RUST HOLES ! Tagged and Insured, Road Ready. Head Lights, Tail lights, Brake Lights, Blinkers, Horn, all in working condition. Some minor additions needed, Door glass installed, Wipers wired up, ect. Will consider partial trades and cash. Will take trade in of other Rat projects, Corvette, Motorhome, Camper, Vacant Land, ect. What Do You Have ? Lets Make a Deal !!!!  $1000 Cash / Bank wire / PayPal deposit due within 24 Hours of Buy It Now Purchase. Balance due within 3 days. Can help with shipping arrangements. Buyer responsible for shipping cost. 

Clear Clean 1941 Studebaker Title ! Asking $10,500 Cash or Cash & Trade . . . . . . . MAKE ME AN OFFER ! ! ! ! ! ! THIS IS A MUST SEE ! ! ! START THE NEW YEAR OFF RIGHT, BUY YOURSELF A TOY. . . . . . . . . .

Odd Couple Two-Fer

Most two-fers offer two like cars, as it’s often a collector of a particular make or model.  Today’s, however, includes a 1930 Studebaker and a 1961 Ford Falcon.  I’m not sure these have anything in common,except, perhaps inline six cylinder engines (?).

Given the two cars, it seems unlikely that just the right enthusiast buyer exists; but, in this day of bubble-fueled car flipping and barn find mania, perhaps the right buyer (likely aspiring to be Wayne Carini) could come along to buy both and sell one or both.

The Stude is a project, supposedly with all parts.  It may not have run since the 40s, so assume it will need everything mechanically, as well as cosmetically.  There’s no mention of whether the engine is seized, but we can assume it is.

The Falcon is a claimed daily driver.  This is a six cylinder car, which means it could be a fun cruiser or a swap candidate.  I imagine a buyer driving for a while, keeping the rat rod look and swapping in a 260 or 289.  Of course, you could always go wild and go bigger.

Are you the right buyer for this odd couple?  If so, the price may not be bad, depending on the parts value of a 1930 Studebaker.

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Central Valley, CA
$5,000 for both

Here’s the Studebaker’s profile.  It looks pretty complete from this angle, but beware.

Front end looks good, too.

Rear is all there, but where did the hood go?

And the roof?  At least an engine is present!

Interior needs everything, including floor pans.

Here’s the Falcon, which has a cool, rat rod look.

Profile is classic, early Falcon, but it’s sitting low.

No massive dual exhaust here.

Interior is in pretty good shape, although we must presume that the leopard print covers are hiding poor upholstery.

Inline six power with a tiny carb!

The spare wheel may be the cleanest thing on the car.

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I have for sale a unique 1930 Studebaker ($2500) and 1961 Ford Falcon ($3500). 

The Studebaker has been carefully disassembled and currently has the cab/motor/tranny on rolling chassis (w/new tires). All body / interior parts that have been removed have been stored inside and will come with the car. This is an old barn find from South Dakota that has 1947 plates. CA clean title and non-op.

Falcon runs great (daily driver) and has the following “new” items; tires, front glass, radiator, fuel cell, fuel pump, front/back window rubber, door rubber, window felt, battery, custom interior, brakes / wheel cylinders / master cylinder, custom F100 grill, shocks, etc. The trunk is filled with many “extra” Falcon parts (old and new) that I have collected – these will come with the car. Clean title and currently registered with Y.O.M. 1961 yellow/black CA plates. 

I am willing take a loss and sell both cars for $5,000 (too many projects). Please call show contact info for more information. Cars are located in the Central Valley (Visalia)!

The Inspiration for the GMC Envoy XUV!

Quite some time ago, we featured a GMC Envoy XUV as proof that not all oddities are old.  Interestingly, that vehicle was a second attempt at a wagonesque vehicle with a sliding roof.  Today’s feature, the Studebaker Wagonaire, was the original.

As with so many ads, the seller is selling for someone else and has little info, but it seems some funds have been dedicated to mechanical maintenance recently.  The cosmetics look pretty good here, though some might want a good buff or even color sanding to bring out a little shine.

The seller claims this is the .Daytona version, and the badges support that claim.  If so, this should have a higher-output engine, which could be a four-barrel 260 or 289.  Either way, it would have higher output than the basic 260-2V’s 180ish horsepower.

This appears to be a great, honest and rare car with a lot of potential.  Given it hasn’t run for months and isn’t starting due to a dead battery, buyers should bring a battery and plan on a thorough inspection.  If this is what it appears to be, this could be great buy for an enthusiast looking for something a little different.  Of course,  that depends on the reserve price…

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Marina del Ray, CA
$2,850 with six bids, reserve not met and six days to go

Was this also the first crossover? It’s a wagon, but the tall design blurs the line between truck and car.

From the rear, this looks like a lowered Wagoneer, which was designed by the same person.

Here’s that wacky opening – not a bad idea.

The interior has classic good looks and appears to be in great shape.

Controls are conventional and column-shifted automatic is typical for a wagon.

One could fit six in here without resorting to the cargo area where, presumably, passengers could stand while in motion.

Here’s the Studebaker V8. The seller claims this is a Daytona version, which had a four-barrel carb

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I AM LISTING THIS FOR A FRIEND
THE OWNER OF THIS RARE CAR HAD PASSED AWAY SHE WAS THE ORGINIAL OWNER.   

THE CAR IS NOW OFFERED FOR SALE.
THIS IS A VERY RARE 1964 STUDEBAKER WAGONAIRE.
V-8 AUTO TRANSMISSION.   POWER DISC BRAKES,  POWER STEERING. 
IT WAS REPORTED TO ME THAT THE OWNER HAD SPENT WELL OVER 15K IN THE LAST FEW YEARS ON THIS CAR.
A LOT OF THE DRIVE TRAIN WAS REBUILT AS WELL AS THE BRAKE  SYSTEM.   I THINK  MANY SEALS AND  GASKETS
ON  THE ENGINE WERE REPLACED.  A NEW RADIATOR,  WATER PUMP AND  HOSES WERE ALSO INSTALLED.
AT THIS TIME THE CAR HAS BEEN SITTING FOR ABOUT 4 MONTHS.  THE BATTERY IS DEAD,  

OVER ALL THE CONDITION IS GOOD,  THERE ARE SOME MINOR DENTS.  SOME SMALL RUST SPOTS.   THE INTERIOR  NEEDS CARPET AND  A HEADLINER.

Rare Beauty: Studebaker GT Hawk with Four-Speed

The Studebaker Gran Turismo (GT) Hawk was the end of the line for the sporty Hawk, and close to the end of Studebaker’s run.  This one features the 289 V8 and four-speed manual transmission, making it even rarer and more desireable.

The seller claims this one has a new interior and doesn’t say much else, but it appears to be in good shape.

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Huntington Beach, CA
$16,000

Front end won’t be mistaken for anything but a Hawk.

This odd color works well on this car.

The rear end has a unique treatment and dual exhausts.

Things look original enough under the hood and not ‘too clean.’

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Original California GT Hawk with build sheet and California black license plates. Numbers matching 289 V8 with 4 bbl, 4 speed manual gear box with Twin Traction. All new original style complete interior from carpets to headliner and dash to cargo deck.