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1948 Studebaker Champion Deluxe Barn Find


The Champion was Studebaker’s first redesigned model after the war. It featured some very unique lines and an 80 horsepower straight-six, but still sold quite well. This 1948 Deluxe has been in storage for the past 25 years, but the owner has decided that it is time to let it go. Find it here on Maine’s craigslist where the selling is asking $3,000. Thanks goes to reader Joey K. for the submission.


This Studebaker cleaned up quite well considering it had been in storage for all those years. The paint has some flaking and we are sure there are a few problem areas that cannot be seen in the photos. As long as the rust is not too bad, this could be one heck of a bargain for a fun project/driver. The engine does run and the car can be driven, but the brakes need work. If the the fuel tank hasn’t been dropped and cleaned out yet, we would want to do that while we were under there.


Champions may be best known for their bullet-nose front-end, but this car was built before they added it in 1950. Count that as a plus or a minus, but the wrap-around rear window is still in place. People used to joke that you couldn’t tell if the car was coming or going, but we actually really like the look. With cars starting to all look the same these days, it is refreshing to see something different on the road.


These cars were basic, but they were also very economical to run. You are not going to get anywhere fast, but the fun in the journey, right? This would be a welcomed attendee at any local car show and we are the sure the Studebaker Drivers Club wouldn’t mind having you as a member either!


  1. Justin in Indy

    Wow. Seems like a steal to me. I’d be mighty proud to own this car.

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  2. Greg

    Wow! If Maine wasn’t so for away I would be trying to own this baby! A steal at 3K.

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  3. paul

    3 G in a heart beat, my garage is full but if it wasn’t, I would be all over this one.

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  4. J. Pickett

    A bargain indeed, I have to put my other car on the market. So I can grab something like this.

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  5. kev

    If i had three grand i would go buy it

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  6. Faygo

    Beautiful, here’s one for sale last year on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9e9q81SXKE
    Hagerty thinks one of these ought to go for $8000+, so this is a good deal.

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  7. BradL

    The front valance seems to have pretty serious rust which suggests the underside could be rough. I’d definitely want a PPI.

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  8. skloon

    wouldn’t that be a straight six ?

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    • Jesse

      Yep, it is a flathead straight-six. Thanks for catching my typo.

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  9. Dolphin Member

    That ’67 GTX makes this Stude look real good.
    I think it would look good anyway…..

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  10. tomw

    Gotta be worth that!

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  11. Joey K

    Hey Guys – I found it on Maine’s Craigslist – but as near as I can figure, its actually in Massachusetts. Might be a little closer for some! -Joey

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  12. Tricky Dickie Member

    Thank You Thank You !!! Someone finally cleaned up a dirty Barn Find !!!!!

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