RARE SPEEDSTER, LEMON-LIME BEAUTY, PROFESSIONALLY RESTORED & MAINTAINED!!!
Studebaker President Speedsters are suddenly red hot with high-end collectors, and you have a rare opportunity to own this lovely California built 1955 President Speedster, which was part of Studebaker's top-of-the-line President series and a dramatic piece of '50s styling. Designed as a halo model to attempt to stall Studebaker's inevitable demise, the gorgeous Speedster remains an icon of 1950s design and one heck of a good-looking car.
Perhaps most notable about these cars are the color combinations, and none is more stunning than the Hialeah Green and Sun Valley Yellow combination on this one. Fondly referred to as "lemon and lime" for obvious reasons, it is a correct and authentic combination that was a popular choice on these sleek coupes, but only if you love being the center of attention. Refinished a few years ago, this one is more correct than most, using bold shades to create more contrast, but with the right soft green and pastel yellow hues, it allows Raymond Loewy's dramatic coupe's sheetmetal to really stand out. Workmanship is quite good, and although time waits for no man or car, this is likely the best example of these one-year only beauties we've ever seen. Heck, the chrome bill alone for the many unique details was probably half of the asking price. Gaps are tight, the windows (including the irreplaceable rear window) are excellent, and the dramatic side trim is in very good original condition with only a few minor blemishes.
The primary difference between the Speedster and its more common cousin, the President, is inside, where this one sports striking quilted yellow leather. The brilliant look is certainly equal to the eyeball appeal of the bodywork, and when it was professionally restored a few years ago by the Stude legends at Slick Street, they took their time and got the details right. Authentic door panels, replacement carpet, a trim headliner, beautiful dash, and those outrageous diamond-tufted seats give you a good idea of what the authentic materials looked like in 1955, and when you slip inside you're instantly transported back in time. And those power windows are from the factory! It really is remarkably well preserved and while there are a few signs of use, it's very presentable. The gauges are crisp and bright, and the original AM radio is still in the dash. The large trunk has recently been fitted with a correct and original mat, and the full-sized spare tire wears a matching cover.
Even the engine is the same 259 cubic inch V8 found in the rest of the President lineup. Called the "Passmaster," it generates a respectable 185 horsepower and moves the sleek coupe with a wonderful V8 exhaust note. The engine bay is nicely detailed with a correct air cleaner assembly and matching gold valve covers. The complicated-looking device on the left front fender is the power brake system that help the front discs meet their potential, and it also includes power steering for a truly luxurious experience. Recent wiring, correct finishes, and a brand new burbling dual exhaust system give it a great personality and the reliability you want. The transmission shifts easily and the chassis is clean and solid, again indicative of a nicely preserved car that has always been loved. Gorgeous chrome wire hubcaps were standard on the Speedster and are wrapped in 215/75/15 whitewall radials.
All the looks, style, and flash of the '50s in a rare and desirable package. What's not to love? Call today!
- AM Radio
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Power Windows
- Leather Seats
- Front Disc Brakes
- Front Suspension
- Coil Spring
- Rear Suspension
- Leaf Spring
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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