Rare Vintage Antique Car Classic 2-Door 3-Window Coupe Suicide Doors (59+pics)

Price: - Item location: Cochrane, Alberta, Canada
  • Make: Studebaker
  • Model: Dictator
  • SubModel: Series 1A, 3-Window Coupe
  • Type: Coupe
  • Trim: 3-Passenger Coupe
  • Year:1935
  • Mileage:68704
  • VIN:D45748
  • Color:Purple and Pewter
  • Engine size:205 ci. L-head Six Cylinder
  • Number of cylinders:6
  • Fuel:Gasoline
  • Transmission:3-speed manual floor shift
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Tan
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
  • Options: Purple and Pewter, Leather Seats
  • Vehicle Title: Clean
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1935 Studebaker Dictator 3-Passenger Coupe

OVERVIEW:This is a 1935 Dictator 3-passenger coupe. It has had body-off restoration work performed and remains in basically original configuration apart from the choice of exterior colors and seat upholstery.The Series 1A Dictator was available in 14 different body styles which totaled a production run of 11,742 units. No breakdown is available as to how many 3-passenger coupes were built but they are certainly a rare find today.On the showroom floor these represented Studebaker's lowest priced offering in 1935. These cars ran on a 114" wheelbase, weighed in at 2,895 lbs., and were powered by a 205 ci. L-head inline six cylinder engine rated at 88 hp.They came equipped with a 3-speed synchromesh transmission with floor shifter. The present owners acquired the car in the 1990's when it was auctioned at a museum at the Bonneville Salt Flats where it had spent many years on display as an original car.Restoration was performed in Kelowna, BC and completed in 2006. Since arriving in Alberta that same year it has been in heated storage and has logged a few hundred miles annually in fair weather outings.Odometer reads 68,704 miles.The car remains in running and driving condition and owner suggests cruising speed of 50 mph. as a safe maximum.

This listing provides many more details as you scroll thru, near the end of this listing under Payment Terms you will also find a link to a photo album of 125 pics.

DRIVETRAIN:The engine is believed to be the original 205 ci. inline 6 as the car is registered in Alberta with the number D-45748, which is a correct 1935 Studebaker 6 cylinder engine number, although the number could not be found during inspection of the block. Books indicate serial numbers were found stamped on a plate riveted to the side frame member under the left front fender or one of the door hinge pillars, but no such plate is found on this car.

During inspection engine started best with gas pedal to the floor, and seems to run well with no unusual noise or smoke detected, and good oil pressure. No specifics available regarding the engine rebuild.

The engine and bay show only the lite soiling of its minimal miles since restoration. Apart from modern hose clamps and plastic coated wiring, and the voltage regulator and horn, all other mechanical components on and around the engine appear as original equipment and in operating condition.Rad core, belts and hoses appear in good condition. The 3-speed synchromesh transmission shifts as it should, and is mated to 4.11:1 rear end gearing as original. The addition of an overdrive would benefit the top end.There are no signs of any significant leaks from the engine, tranny, or differential, just the typical minor sweat drips.CHASSIS:The black painted frame appears very solid and straight with no signs of rust issues or collision damage, and simply shows the road dirt of its miles.The undercarriage and all components appear as correct original equipment and in good condition. The car was issued an Alberta Out of Province Vehicle Inspection Certificate in 2006 before being registered. It indicates the original hydraulic brake system to be new and in good condition.The exhaust system looks like new.The gas tank looks good also with no leaks or rust. The tires are a matched set of 4 Firestone 6.50 x 16 wide whitewall bias plies with very good tread remaining.They are mounted on original artillery spoked wheels, sporting Studebaker logos in nice condition.There is no jack with the car.BODY & PAINT:As body and paint were completed years ago, any inferior rust repairs would have shown up by now, none have.All aspects of the body and sheet metal appear original and very solid, with no signs of any collision damage, rust issues, or repair patchwork evident. The body and all panels on this car are very straight with nice gaps, fit and alignment.The owner's preference for paint was non-original 'hot 1950's art deco' colors, and the paint job is very nice, super smooth and shiny.There are only a couple of minor blemishes, a scuff on the left rear fender, and a small paint chip on the trunk lid. Running boards very solid and straight with new rubber matting, which is a bit loose fitting.The top fabric insert is in good condition with no tears, frayed edges or worn areas.The trunk is unlined, shows road dust, but all metal appears very solid.ELECTRICAL:The car retains original 6-volt electricals, and is equipped with turn signals operated by toggle to left of steering column. Starter button to right of steering column.All gauges in very nice cosmetic condition.The original temp gauge is not working but there is an aftermarket unit installed at the lower left of the dash. The speedometer is not working, problem not investigated. Windshield wipers have been deleted.Head lamps work in both low and high beam, but only left rear brake light works, right side brake light and both tail lights not working.INTERIOR:The seat has been re-upholstered using deerskin leather in an appropriate color choice, and door panels done in correct original patterns.The workmanship and fit is nice, the seating comfortable.Matching headliner and windlace in good condition, no sun visors.Floor and door panel bottoms are carpeted, complemented by Studebaker script brake and clutch pedal pads, and nice brake lever and shifter boots.Has a hot water heater below the dash but it is not connected to the block.Original aluminum sill plates. Painted dash and window garnish moldings are in good shape.Steering wheel has a few hairline cracks, sporting Studebaker script horn button.All glass in good condition, with new channels and whiskers.The windshield is designed to swing out, and the outer frame is painted body color.BRIGHTWORK:All chrome plating on the car is very nice and bumpers are very straight.It sports a beautiful original 'bird in flight' hood mascot radiator cap.Enameled Studebaker emblem on grille slightly chipped with color loss.Center and side grille bars are very straight, no bent or broken pieces, same for the hood side grilles.Studebaker logo hubcaps are very nice.SUMMARY:The stand-alone styling of a 3-window coupe and nice paint finish make this Studebaker an attention getter where ever it goes. Add to that its limited production and survivor numbers, comfortable deerskin interior, and you have a collectible that will always maintain favor with Studebaker fans or those who like the rare and unusual.
If you are a Studebaker fan, or just looking to get into a mid-30's coupe, then this is your opportunity to bring one home.Maintaining the roadworthiness of a Studebaker is supported by a very large, broad, and active group of enthusiasts in various international chapters of The Studebaker Drivers Club, the National Studebaker Museum Archives in South Bend, and numerous parts sources.

The owners collection included a number of other later model Studebakers, but with the recent passing of her husband, the owner has decided to make this car available to its next caretaker.


This Studebaker is being listed on behalf of the owner. Please email 'carsgoneby@telus.net' or phone Rick at (403)534-2222 for additional honest and accurate information from a professional auto restorer. All information listed has been gathered from discussions with the owner, a test drive, and a visual inspection. A total of 125 pics are available for viewing at www.jpegbay.com/gallery/007530859-.html#0 . Additional specific pictures are available upon request. No warranties expressed or implied. Successful bidder to make a minimum payment of 50% of closing bid amount (US funds) within 5 days of auction closing, with the balance payable upon vehicle pick up within 21 days (international) or 14 days (US/Canada).Payment must be in certifiable form such as cash or wire transfer. PayPal for deposit only. Other forms of payment only acceptable with time allowance for instrument to clear bank prior to vehicle being released. Any deviation from, or changes to the preceding terms must be reasonable, and should be requested, discussed, and agreed to prior to bidding and auction closing.


Please submit all inquiries prior to bidding, and please only bid if you are able and willing to conclude the transaction should you be the winning bidder.This vehicle is being sold with a Bill of Sale and current Alberta registration document.The car is located near Cochrane, Alberta, Canada, about 3.5 hours north of the Montana border. Please be aware of your shipping costs before bidding, quotes can be provided upon request if necessary. We can help make this a smooth, hassle free experience by arranging all-inclusive international transportation and brokerage for you. References relating to similar transactions are available. Cars Gone By has sold and shipped numerous collector vehicles to the USA and worldwide, the majority through Ebay transactions.Please do not ask us to disclose the reserve price. In fairness to all bidders we will not do so and request that you simply place a bid that is comfortable for you.Thanks for looking!


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