Maybe The Same? 1956 Studebaker President

Back in April of 2016, David F. did a great job writing up a 1956 two tone Studebaker President from California, these colors and wide white wall tires, just like this one. I *think* it’s the same car–take a look and let me know if you agree. The car is being auctioned this time here on eBay. It’s located in Weymouth, Massachusetts, and so far bidding is only up to $2,800–a far cry from the other car/same car’s $6,995 craigslist ask previously.

Whether this is the same car or not, I think you’ll agree with me that this is one cool Stude! The reason I think they are the same car is that if you look closely, the paint in the lower rear quarters doesn’t quite agree with the rest of the rose colored paint–which is the same as the car David wrote up. The seller tells us that the paint is thin in spots and starting to reveal the original primer below. They also point out that there is a dent on the very lower edge of the right rocker panel and that some of the chrome trim is pitted in spots.

One of the seriously cool things about this car is the air of originality it maintains. The seller tells us that it has 115,106 miles and originally came from Oregon. It was put into storage in 1969 after the death of the original owner, and wasn’t brought out until the twenty-first century. Interestingly, the seller tells us that all the paint is original except for the roof, which was repainted at some point. There was some discussion in the comments section of the first post about another color being painted in those lower quarters, but other readers thought that wasn’t the case for 1956 cars. Any opinions this time?

To me, the interior looks identical to the car David featured, and I really like it. It certainly appears original and I believe it to be so. If you are at all interested in these somewhat different and unusual cars, I would strongly urge you to check this one out. You’ll need to replace the carpet, but the floors underneath look beautifully solid, and although we don’t get a picture of it (this time?) if the 289 V8 looks like the other one did, you won’t be disappointed. Let us know if you are the new owner!

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  1. Fred W.

    I’ve never liked the styling of the later 4 door Studes, but something about the paint scheme on this one just works.

  2. Paul B

    These things are cool. Yes, they are a desperate remake of the 1953-55 model. But the restyle was elegant and restrained, in my humble opinion. Mechanicals are dependable and competent. The cars rust badly in corrosive environments, so don’t plan on ever driving it in snow or salt if you want it to last another five minutes. This is my favorite color combination in the best-looking model, the long wheelbase President Classic.

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    • Paul R

      I have this exact car. I am trying to find the name of the colors usedused

  3. Fred W.

    Always wondered where the styling for this originated…

  4. DrinkinGasoline

    Yep. Give me this one over the styling of the 53-55’s anyday.
    And I’ll take one of those Checker Marathon’s also. In black if you will.

  5. Joe Muzy

    Studebaker s are a good way to start in the hobby. Normally they are inexpensive and you have an excellent support group in the Studebaker Drivers Club. I like to show them because there are normally more 57 Chevy’s than the total of all Studebaker s in the show. Everyone stops and tells you how some relative had a Studebaker. Enen with 4 doors you got to admit this is a beautiful car.

  6. John

    Yup. It’s the same car! It’s because of that write up here on BF that I purchased the car last year! I had it shipped to Massachusetts from California. It’s a true time capsule and I hate to sell but priorities have changed and the collection needs to slim down…

    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

      John, thank you for chiming in! I hope your sale is successful–I wish I were a buyer!

  7. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    Sold for $6,951.51 with 17 bids.

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