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Blank Canvas: 1958 Studebaker Commander Wagon

This Studebaker Commander Station Wagon represents a project that stalled at the starting line. This means that it allows you a blank canvas from which to work. You will find it listed for sale here on eBay. Located in Fort Worth, Texas, it comes with a clear title. The seller has set an opening bid of $1,000 on this old classic.

In 1957 Studebaker had a total of five station wagons across its vehicle range, but the following year that number had been reduced to two. There was the 2-door Scotsman, but our subject car is the 4-door Commander Provincial. This one needs a lot of work. There is quite extensive rust in the floors, and some of note in the lower parts of many of the body panels. What I find disturbing in this shot is that the car almost looks to be sagging along the center of the body between the front and back doors. Hopefully that’s an optical illusion.

Unfortunately there are no shots or even a mention of the interior. This shot of the rear of the car demonstrates how the styling was dominated by those fins. There are a couple of things missing back here such as a tail-light lens, but overall the rust here appears to be mainly surface rust, and it should clean up okay. If the new owner is trying to source items like those lenses, they are becoming harder to find. However, organisations such as the Studebaker Driver’s Club may be able to assist in this area.

Mechanically this Studebaker appears to be complete. The seller gives no indication as to whether he has tried to turn that 259ci V8, so that’s a great unknown. The engine is backed by an automatic transmission. The seller does have another set of wheels for the car, and he indicates that it rolls freely on these. The seller also has the original order sheet for the car and this indicates that the car was ordered with air conditioning. It appears that all of the components for the system are present which is a nice little bonus if the new owner undertakes a restoration.

In 1958 Studebaker only built 2,412 Commander Station Wagons, and many of them have suffered the fate that has started to befall this one. They have been consumed by rust. If the frame of this one is actually solid then the basis is there for a good project. Interestingly, I have spent some time scouring the internet trying to find even one of these for sale, with no luck. Haggerty don’t have a value for a wagon, The best that I could find was at NADA where what is essentially a #4 grade car values at $13,400, while a #1 would command $45,000. Those sorts of values would leave some room for a restoration. It would be a risk, but it may well be one worth taking.


  1. Al

    Sold at $900.

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    • Jimmy

      @Al, sorry about the double post. When I first brought up the site your post was not there.

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  2. Jimmy

    Sold for $900.

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  3. Chris In Australia

    With the awkward shut lines and window openings on these Studebakers, they all look like they’re sagging to my eye.

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  4. XMA0891

    While the two-door “Scotsman” would be neater, this thing really speaks to me – I love it!
    I would somehow make to mechanically safe, put a matching set of steelies under it, and dive it as-is.
    I hope someone saves her.

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  5. RicK

    You say Haggerty don’t even have a value for it? I ain’t surprised!

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  6. Maestro1

    This is unique and I agree with XMA. I think someone should save her.

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  7. Little_Cars Alexander Member

    New owner should spray clear gloss over that patina. LOL Then we can all argue about why it wasn’t repainted. Well bought at $900!

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  8. Ken

    Studebaker made a lot of great-looking cars over the years.

    This wasn’t one of them.

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  9. Qabbott

    Would love to have seen the A/C unit!

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  10. stillrunners

    It has been posted for awhile….hope it found a home…not the best prom date.

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