1955 Studebaker Commander Hardtop Restomod

Condition Used
Body Coupe
Make Studebaker
Model Commander
Mileage 3000 mi
Fuel type Gasoline
Year 1955
Transmission Automatic
Exterior Color Red
History Yes
VIN: 8845604

This 1955 Studebaker Commander appears to be a rolling “snapshot” of Fifties style with its two-tone red and white paint, shiny chrome, wide whitewall tires, pseudo wire wheel covers, and red rolled-and-pleated interior. The almost 70-year-old European-influenced Studebaker coupe design still looks sleek today. It looks to be original on the outside, but it has upgraded running gear in the form of a Chevrolet small-block V-8, GM automatic transmission, and power rack-and-pinion steering. After the car’s restoration by a Studebaker specialist, the car was awarded 387 out of 400 points and first in class at the Long Beach, California, Studebaker meet. This 1955 Studebaker Commander hardtop coupe restomod is “a crowd-pleaser everywhere it goes,” the seller attests. This restored and modified 1955 Studebaker has newer running gear in the form of a totally rebuilt Chevrolet 350-cu.in. small-block V-8 that’s backed by a Buick Turbo Hydra-Matic 400 three-speed automatic transmission. The engine was bored .030-inch over, fitted with a Holley four-barrel carburetor, converted to a 12-volt electrical system, and connected to a dual exhaust system. It has approximately 3,000 miles on it, according to the seller, who adds that “the electric choke helps the engine cold start usually on the second try with no noticeable smoke or leaks.” The transmission is reported to “shift smoothly.” The car was repainted in its original Shasta White over Rancho Red two-tone combination in 1998. The seller says the paint quality is “near perfect,” with no swirls and only one “very minor” blemish below the trunk handle. He adds that all the glass is “excellent,” and that the seals are “very good,” with no evidence of leaks. He believes that there has never been any rust and no rust repairs were ever needed. The car was manufactured in California, spent much of its life in California, was restored in California, and has been garaged since then, when not in use —all things that support the rust-free claim. The red vinyl upholstery was refurbished a few years ago and “shows beautifully,” according to the seller. The carpet and headliner are reported to be in “very good” condition, with no problems, except that the dome light doesn’t work. The seller reports that all the gauges work, as does the original 8-tube radio. The upgraded steering column is a GM tilt column with a billet Colorado Customs white-and-red leather steering wheel to match the rest of the car. The trunk has a covered spare tire. Never been smoked in and has never had pets as passengers. The suspension was upgraded to power rack-and-pinion steering that was rebuilt a few years ago, according to the seller, who adds that the rest of the suspension components were rebuilt at the time of the car’s restoration and have no current issues. The wheels were powder coated and the whitewall tires are from Diamond Tire, and are noted as being about three years old with 90-perecent of their tread remaining. The wheel covers are rare 1955 Studebaker Speedster units.