1951 Studebaker Champion – Barn Find

1951 Studebaker Champion – Barn Find




While preparing the Bryant collection for auction, the IAA staff came across this solid original ’51 Studebaker tucked in the corner.  While unable to air all of the tires up, we were surprised that a the engine spun over freely and fired a few times (while priming) with a fresh battery being dropped in.

Looking over the history of the car, we found that it was located in Benton, Illinois after a long search for a straight, solid canvas for a full restoration.  The car was delivered to Brewer, Maine via carrier in 2008 and tucked in the corner for completion at a later date.

Going over driveline, the 170 cu in (2.8L) I6 85hp engine and automatic transmission appear to be original to the vehicle. As noted above, the car did turn over.


The body of the car is very straight with no apparent dents or damage repairs.  Fenders, quarters, and panels show only a couple of no holes with no rotten areas.  The underbody of the vehicle does show pin holes and from the passenger compartment, there is a hole behind the driver’s seat and in the passenger’s footwell which both have solid metal surrounding them.


All in all, this car was a great find and the owner deciding to let this bullet nose Stude move onto a new home will definitely make one buyer very happy for years to come.

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