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1954 Studebaker Starliner Custom

Winning Bid:
$40,000

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1954 Studebaker Starliner Custom

Winning Bid: $40,000 (USD) by: CFD

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Auction Type:  Reserve

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Chassis/VIN:

8840375

Location:

San Diego, California

Odometer:

30,000 (Mi)

Lot Number:

6518130

Engine:

348ci V8

Seller:

Private Party

Transmission:

Automatic

Carfax:

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Vehicle Story

This 1954 Studebaker Starliner hardtop is a pillarless coupe that was treated to customization including smoothed bumpers, a drop-spindle lowered suspension, a powder-coated chassis, ported heads, and a performance ignition system. It is powered by a Chevrolet "Tri-power" 348ci V8 paired with a Turbo 350 3-speed automatic transmission. It was a Rod & Custom magazine feature car in August 2007. Finished in 2-tone Cardinal Red with a Silver roof, this Starliner is now offered with a clear California title in the seller’s name.

The body was professionally painted in two-tone Cardinal Red with a Silver Micro-Flake top, then further customized with hand-drawn pinstripes on the hood and trunk lid. The car is set up as a late 1950s/early 1960s mild custom and rides on a powder-coated 1962 Studebaker GT Hawk chassis with a Fatman front clip, a nosed and decked body, and smoothed chrome bumpers. A dual exhaust with polished tips is installed below the rear bumper.

Factory steel wheels are color-matched in Cardinal Red with chrome center caps and are wrapped in wide whitewall tires. The suspension has a lowered stance thanks to drop spindles, a sway bar, and a parallel leaf spring rear. Handling is aided by power rack and pinion steering and disc brakes.

The custom interior is trimmed with two-tone vinyl with matching door panels and a black dash and carpet. The steering column and steering wheel are reportedly from a 1962 Studebaker Hawk, and monogrammed floor mats can be found up front.

Instrumentation includes a series of vintage-style SW gauges, a retro AM/FM/cassette radio, and an analog clock. The 5-digit mechanical odometer shows approximately 30k miles, though true mileage is unknown.

The Tri-power 348ci 1960 Chevrolet V8 has been upgraded with ported camel hump heads, oversized valves, screw-in-studs, guide plates, and hydraulic lifters. Additional equipment includes a Crane ignition system coupled with MSD wiring. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a 3-speed Turbo 350 automatic transmission with a shift kit. The rear end is a Ford 9” with 3.25:1 gears, Trac-Loc, and 31-spline axles.

Additional undercarriage photos can be found in the gallery. 

Included with the sale is the Rod & Custom magazine with the article about the car.

 

AUTOHUNTER ADMIN UPDATE 4/28/21 9:20AM PDT: The car is equipped with Disc brakes

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Comments & Questions

May 03, 2021
08:42 AM
Seller

@Swervin52 – Love this car man. Can you comment on the current condition of the finish/paint? I know as cars are driven or shown things happen. Any dings, chips, major/minor scratches you can show or explain? Also, does the car run well with the tri-power? Any leaks from either the engine, transmission, differential, etc.? Thanks! Erv ...

As shown in the photos there are some scratches beneath the front bumper from steep driveways. The rest of the paint is quite presentable, but with a few small chips in the hood. A front end bra and car cover are included with the car. The engine runs very well, starts easily and averages 15-17 mpg on mid-grade fuel. After sitting for days there is a slight oil leak, probable valve cover or pan gasket. RickH1

May 02, 2021
08:41 PM
Bidder

Love this car man. Can you comment on the current condition of the finish/paint? I know as cars are driven or shown things happen. Any dings, chips, major/minor scratches you can show or explain? Also, does the car run well with the tri-power? Any leaks from either the engine, transmission, differential, etc.? Thanks! Erv

April 30, 2021
04:52 PM
Bidder

@RickH1 – I can only guess the cost of putting A.C. on this car. A kit from Vintage Air could run from $1600. to $1900. plus the cost of pulleys, belts and brackets would certainly push the cost even higher. Also factor in labor costs of the installation, plumbing, wiring, fabrication and fitting of all the pieces, in an engine compartment with not a lot of extra room. I'm sure it could be done but it may be quite expensive. RickH1 ...

thanks for the honest answer

April 30, 2021
02:43 PM

Always a fan of Studebakers. Why bump a top bid of 15,101 to 18,500 (ClassicDriver)? PS to grampsC8: You might try Dave Kunz: DKwheels@pacbell.net on KPFK's Car Show to find a reliable mechanic. The Car Show's late founder knew Studebakers. Perhaps Dave Kunz could answer your question.

April 30, 2021
10:36 AM
Seller

@grampsC8 – is there room to install A/C and if so any idea of cost to do so? ...

I can only guess the cost of putting A.C. on this car. A kit from Vintage Air could run from $1600. to $1900. plus the cost of pulleys, belts and brackets would certainly push the cost even higher. Also factor in labor costs of the installation, plumbing, wiring, fabrication and fitting of all the pieces, in an engine compartment with not a lot of extra room. I'm sure it could be done but it may be quite expensive. RickH1

April 29, 2021
12:39 PM
Bidder

is there room to install A/C and if so any idea of cost to do so?

April 29, 2021
09:26 AM
Seller

@grampsC8 – Any idea of the horsepower and torque the modified engine puts out? ...

The engine was overbored 30 thousandths, with a general clean-up of the intake and exhaust ports, headers, electronic ignition, a slightly hotter hydraulic cam and fully balanced rotating assembly, it would probably surpass the factory rating of 305 horsepower and 290 foot pounds of torque. The engine was never dyno-tested to confirm these figures, however, it moves the relatively lightweight Studebaker down the road smartly. RickH1

April 29, 2021
07:52 AM
Bidder

Any idea of the horsepower and torque the modified engine puts out?

April 28, 2021
01:53 PM
Seller

@Robert8198 – Beautiful custom! You won't see one of these on every street corner, very unique. ...

Thank you Robert8198, I built the car myself and my wife and I have enjoyed driving to many events but now is the time to find a new home for the car and start a new project. Rick

April 28, 2021
12:45 PM

Beautiful custom! You won't see one of these on every street corner, very unique.

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