Patinaed Pickup: 1955 Studebaker E10

1955 Studebaker E10

Growing up only a few hours from South Dakota and having family in the Black Hills area meant spending many a weekend in South Dakota. I still remember fondly driving around as a family looking at all the old cars parked in fields, alleys, and any open buildings we might come across. No wonder me and Jesse have such a love for barn finds, we’ve been hunting for them since childhood! Going back year after year, I began to notice that each trip there were fewer and fewer old cars parked around the Black Hills. At one time it was a gold mine of unrestored classics, but it has slowly been picked clean. This 1955 Studebaker E10 was at one time in South Dakota, but like many of the cars from the area, it has been relocated. It is currently in the Swan Lake, New York area and still looks to be as discovered. The owner has decided to part ways and has listed it here on eBay.

Studebaker E10 Interior

I was always amazed by some of the cars we would come across in Rapid City and up in the hills. They weren’t shiny survivors, but were typically covered in a good coat of patina. The climate there must be perfect for causing surface rust, as many of the cars I’ve seen there look just like this Studebaker. As a matter of fact, I’m surprised South Dakota became the place to buy classics from. While surface rust like this one’s might provide a cool look, most of the vehicles I’ve seen there have serious cancer in the floors. Perhaps it was more the quantity of untouched old cars there that has put it on the classic car map?

Studebaker E10 Truck

This truck looks to be solid, well at least based on what can be seen in the seller’s poor quality photos. It will obviously need work, but the seller claims it currently runs. Getting it back on the road will require cleaning and installing the fuel tank and going through the brakes. It has some of that South Dakota rot I mentioned earlier, but the seller claims it is limited to just two spots. Given its look, I wouldn’t worry too much about the small rust holes and just focus on making it safe and fun to drive. It looks kind of mean in its current condition and like they say, it’s only original once! So besides South Dakota, can you think of any other areas known for their plethora of classic cars and trucks?


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  1. Vincent Habel

    These are great for making rods

  2. jim s

    cancel your gym membership, make the truck safe and use this as a daily driver. it needs more photos posted and a PI to get to the BIN, i think. great find

    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Staff

      Yep, power steering has made us soft!

  3. Brian

    Studebaker trucks are like Golden Retrievers – you just have to love them and the older they get, the more loveable they become!

  4. MikeH

    Never had a Studie truck, but you’re spot on about the Goldens.

  5. David

    Can anyone tell me if you find an old vehicle and decide to take it for yourself, how do you get a title for it?

  6. Jeff

    In most states, you go to or conract the Secretary of State’s office where you would register your car. Fill out an application for title form. Usually an authorized police officer will examine the VIN or Serial No. ( no, not VIN number) and run it through a computer lookup to verify it was not stolen. If it comes back clean, you can get a title. Here in Mich., the price is $15.00. If you bought it without a title, you fill out a certification of the price and pay the sales tax as well. Be honest about what you paid. You don’t want to be found lying on a certification.

  7. Brian

    In Georgia, cars built before 1987 can be sold and registered with only a bill of sale, but in most states, it’s not that easy…

  8. Jim mahoney

    I bought it and picked it up last week, very solid cab

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