This may be the finest unrestored 1953 Studebaker Commander truck in the country. With only 39,000 miles on the odometer accrued over the last 57 years it has been used gently and infrequently. It has also lived inside for the last 35 years according to the seller. Living in New York State, that probably saved it from the rust monster.
The truck has the added bonus of sporting two antique gas pumps in the bed, which we would immediately yank out and sell to the highest bidder. We’re not expert enough on Studebakers enough to know, but $18,500 seems a wee bit steep, even for such a fine looking truck.
This styling era for Studebaker trucks lasted over a four year stretch. In our opinion the 1949-1953 trucks which were drawn up by Robert Bourke (who worked for Ray Loewy) are the best looking Stude trucks of all. The cab has a pleasant look and the styled rear fenders are a nice touch that add a little extra class to the mundane truck bed.
The cab, from the cowl back, was made until 1959 for light light duty trucks and heavy duty trucks (dumps and so forth) wore it until 1964. Obviously the front sheet metal changed several times during that period.
So is this a great buy or an overpriced beauty?
Thanks for the tip Jeremy!
Source — Craigslist.com –1953 Studebaker Commander Truck