'53 Studebaker Starlight Coupe Resto-Mod

Price: US $38,000.00 Item location: Inkom, Idaho, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Studebaker
  • Model: Starlight Coupe
  • Trim: Chrome and Stainless
  • Year: 1953
  • Mileage: 6,500
  • Color: Light Sanddrift
  • Engine size: SBC 350 X 300 V-8
  • Number of cylinders: 8
  • Power options: Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Windows
  • Transmission: Turbo 350
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Black/Grey
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
  • Want to buy? Contact seller!

1953 Studebaker Starlight Coupe

This '53 Studebaker Resto-Mod is possibly the finest example of a Starlight Coupe to be offered for sale in a very long time, maybe ever! This Studebaker has won many, many awards at local and regional shows, including; Best Engine, Best Interior, Best in Class, Peoples Choice and Best of Show. With that said, this car is a driver, not a trailer queen. It has some minor paint chips that do not photograph but they are there. This car was featured both as a cover car and feature article car in Turning Wheels Magazine and is quoted as being "One of the nicest Starlight Coupes on the planet".
The overall paint I would put at about a 8.0 and the chrome and stainless at about 8.5 on a ten scale. The glass is great (new windshield) and the rubber is very good. This car has lived most of its life in the West and is a rust free car.
As the photos show, the engine has lots of chrome and polished aluminum and performs as it should. When I bought this car I didn't like the way it started, stopped, or steered so I redid everything I didn't like with the top of the line equipment and parts I needed to make the Studebaker safe and drive like as absolute dream and it doesn't disappoint.
I encourage interested buyers to inspect this car from head to toe and I can get rack time so that the underside can be inspected as well. If a personal inspection is not practical, I encourage interested buyers to have the vehicle independently inspected by an ebay approved inspector. I have absolutely nothing to hide. Also, if you have questions I will try to answer those questions either by email or phone. Please call most anytime @ (208) 775-4507MST. If I am not home, leave a message and I will return your call. Consider flying in and driving the Studebaker home, weather permitting. The car can be driven from coast to coast with total confidence in its reliability. It is that good!
On the deck lid is a pinstriped hawk and the words"Starlight Hawk". This is not a Hawk but named Starlight Hawk because it is a Starlight Coupe body sitting on a '63 GT Hawk frame with some GT Hawk running gear, and GT Hawk dash and gauges.
Here are some of the goodies and particulars you may be interested in knowing:
Engine; SBC 350 x 300 (approx. 6,500 miles since complete engine rebuild)
Trans; Hughes Performance (Turbo 350)
Paint; '97 G.M. Light Sanddrift Metallic
Wheels; 17" Drag Concepts - Viper
Dash and Gauges; '63 GT Hawk - Burlwood / Custom console front and rear
Seats; Custom leather buckets
Steering; Column - IDIDIT Tilt, Wheel - Billett Specialties, Rack - Flaming River Power Rack and Pinion
Brakes; Wilwood 12 inch disks on all four wheels.
Rear End; Dana 44 @3:31
Exhaust; Magnaflow
Body Mods.; Nosed, Decked, Shaved. Doors and trunk open with poppers
Pinstripes; Artworx by Brooke
Music; JVC 12 disc CD player located in front console - 4 speakers
Air Conditioning
Seat and Shoulder Belts
Gas tank, high torque starter, 4 nearly new( speed rated) extra set of tires, custom fit California Car Cover, aluminum radiator, 300 CFM puller fan, 100 amp chrome alternator, steering rack, disk brakes, shocks, exhaust system.