Motoexotica Classic Cars
2340 Cassens Dr.
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis, MO
1960 Studebaker E Series Champ 1/2-ton Stepside Pickup oSeldom-seen Studebaker E Series Champ truck oDebut model year for Studebaker's small Champ tuck oOriginal truck until 2002, then restored by previous owner with documentation o Original Rebuilt 259 CID V-8 engine with the following rebuilt parts - two-barrel carburetor and water pump. New parts include radiator, fan belt, all engine hoses, fuel pump, exhaust system and hangers and clutch oRefurbished Borg-Warner T85 three-speed manual transmission oResealed Dana 44 rear axle with 3.31 gearing oCorrect Sherwood Green exterior (code P6052) and tan cloth and vinyl interior oSliding-glass rear window o112-inch wheelbase and 5,200 GVWR oDocumentation includes a copy of the original truck production order, spare parts list, instruction sheet for Studebaker National Museum and restoration documentation Studebaker felt the need to take on Ford's Ranchero and Chevrolet's El Camino half-car/half-truck options that debuted during the late 1950s, although it had to pull a lot more strings to finally assemble its smaller truck, the Champ. This is a seldom-seen example of that smaller E Series Champ pickup with a factory V8 that is in overall very good condition. Made in Studebaker's South Bend, Indiana factory, it was built on February 25, 1960, and shipped to Hattiesburg, Mississippi. It left the line with optional directional signals and T-6 deluxe trim package. By 2002, the truck had worked its way to a small town north-northeast of Wichita, Kansas. Four years later, the truck moved addresses to Council Bluffs, Iowa, across the Missouri River from Omaha, Nebraska The previous owner overhauled, rebuilt or refurbished every item on the truck and is included with the documentation with a cost over $13k. The truck wears correct Sherwood Green (code P6052) exterior that is in overall very good order. The truck's body is straight, the engine bay is tidy, the cargo bed has an added mat, the leading edges of the rear fenders have stone guards while the white bumpers contrast nicely with the paint. All door and window seals have been replaced This truck rolls on General Ameri-GS60 radials, size 215/70R16 at each corner. Each tire is mounted on a modern, 6.5x15 rim with new full moon wheel covers. The wheel covers are in excellent order while the tires in overall very good shape. It has a 112-inch wheelbase and a 5,200 GVWR. This truck also sports new suspension bushings, a resealed steering gear box, a fuel tank that has been cleaned then resealed while retaining the original sending unit, newer Monroe shock absorbers, replaced brakes, master and wheel cylinders, hoses and all brake lines filled with DOT 5 brake fluid. Newer rubber skirts reside in the front wheel wells, too. Under the hood is the original rebuilt Studebaker 259 CID V-8 engine with a two-barrel carburetor. The carb has been rebuilt, as has the water pump. Newer parts include the radiator, fan belt, engine hoses, fuel pump, exhaust system and hangers and a clutch. Backing this motor is a refurbished Borg-Warner T85 three-speed manual transmission with a resealed Dana 44 rear axle and a 3.31:1 rear end. Inside, the tan interior features a reupholstered cloth (where you sit) and vinyl bench seat with fabric from a later model Studebaker car and 1962 Studebaker Lark seat springs. Tan carpeting replaced floor mats, along with a tan headliner. A two-spoke steering wheel adds just the right flair to the interior, and it contrasts nicely with the green metal instrument panel. That dash and the original inner door panel There is a column-mounted shift lever, a converted factory AM radio to AM/FM stereo, a 12-volt power port and underdash courtesy light have been added. Designed at a time when Studebaker's truck line had not seen major upgrading in over 10 years, the company, which had endured years of declining sales, was forced to use a number of existing components. The Champ's chassis was the same as what had been used for Studebaker's 1/2 - and 3/4 -ton E-series trucks since 1949, but the cab section was very different to compete with the Ford Ranchero and Chevrolet El Camino, and the cargo box was from the Dodge C-Series after a deal between Studebaker and Dodge. An entirely new cab was out of the question because of cost, but the new Lark compact car's body proved to be just the right size and shape to suit the purpose. The engineering staff took a four-door sedan, cut it in half behind the front doors and modified the front half slightly to fit the truck chassis. The only new sheetmetal stamping that was required was the back wall of the new cab. Minor modifications for mounting of the cab to the 1949-vintage truck frame were also made. The Lark's front end sheetmetal was retained as well but funds were allocated to give the Champ a new horizontal-bar grille that delivered a "tougher" look. The Champ is seldom given cr
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