Outstanding national award winner! 1957 Studebaker Transtar Deluxe Pickup Truck.
This fully restored V8 rare pickup truck is completely rust-free and drives like a champ. At the 2009 Studebaker Drivers Club (SDC) International Meet in South Bend, Indiana, this truck took 2nd place (documentation included). Odomete reads just 53,400 miles and the engine compartment and undercarriage suggest that this could indeed be the original miles (though true mileage is unknown).
Model 3E-7, 1/2 ton with 8 foot bed.
259 C.I. V-8 engine, 3 speed with overdrive.
Today the truck features special radial sport wheels and gleaming chrome rims, but we also have the original stock wheels and correct hubcaps in excellent condition--so you have the choice to return it to stock (which is what it was when it won the national award in '09) or leave sporty wheels on.
The truck is from the estate of an active and well-known local Studebaker Drivers Club member. The truck is so strong, it was driven from New England to South Bend, Indiana for the International Meet where it performed beautifully and took 2nd place. Over the past five years of ownership, the late collector carefully maintained the truck and there is a folder stuffed with receipts of maintenance work routinely done. In 2008, the owner spent $1000 on the Torque Thrust 15x7 sport wheels and chrome rims.
As a bonus, you also get a heavy duty plastic truck tool box that can be mounted on the truck bed.
Please note: The State of Maine does not require titles for antique vehicles. This car has a current Bureau of Motor Vehicle registration certificate with a transfer of ownership form and a Bill of Sale that will be provided to the buyer.
If you have any questions, or to arrange an inspection visit, please contact Tim at 2077106699 or via email at email@example.com
Priced WELL BELOW the NADA high retail value of $41,900. This is a GREAT BUY for a truck you can drive and enjoy or show and win--or both!
Transtar was the model name given to the line of trucks produced by the Studebaker Corporation of South Bend, Indiana, from 1956-1958 and 1960-1963. Studebaker’s top-of-the-line pickup was the Transtar, whose main feature was its industry-leading cargo space. The Transtar’s 51.5-inch wide pickup bed was available in both 6- and 9-foot lengths, giving it more cargo room than any other 1957 pickup.The 57-58 Transtars received an aggressive new fiberglass grille that attempted (largely successfully) to make Studebaker's outdated cab design look fresh and new. For now-unknown reasons, the Transtar name was dropped for the 1959 4E series Studebaker trucks and changed to Deluxe.
Here's the press release from Studebaker in November 1956 when it first introduced the revolutionary Transtar brand:
FOR RELEASE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 1956
'The widest range of engines, power, models and gross vehicle weights in company history highlights the Studebaker Transtar line of trucks for 1957.
The truck line, which traditionally covers the light and medium duty fields, now moves into the heavy duty classification for the first time with the introduction of the new models in dealerships across the country on November 8.
Major advancements for Studebaker trucks for 1957 include for the first time:
The most powerful truck engine in company history
Highest gross vehicle weight in company history
Five new models in the two-ton medium and heavy duty series
Automatic transmissions for the one-ton classification
Power steering for the one to two-ton models
Power brakes for the light duty models
Premium features package for light duty model engines
The biggest engine for the light duty units ever offered by the company
New 102-inch bumper-to-back-of-cab length
These advances plus new styling, horsepower increases up to 21%, torque increases up to 24%, with Studebaker's traditional economy, riding comfort and leading payload-to-weight ratio, combine to give Studebaker the most competitive truck line in its history, Carl Revelle, general sales manager, said in announcing the line.
The new Transtar line for 1957 ranges from 1/2-ton pick-up models to the new two-ton heavy duty trucks, covering 85% of the truck market and giving the company its widest offering of models and gross vehicle weights in its history. Broadening the company's line is in keeping with the company's long-term objective to provide models which meet the majority of hauling requirements, Revelle said. He reported that surveys showed a substantial segment of truck owners in the weight classifications in which Studebaker markets are beginning to use heavier models for certain phases of their trucking operations.
Four engines will be offered for Studebaker trucks for 1957. The 259-cubic inch, 170-horsepower V-8 will be introduced in the 1/2 and 3/4-ton models for the first time, and an entirely new engine, the 289-cubic inch, 182-horsepower V-8, will be used for the new heavy duty units and as optional equipment for the two-ton medium duty model. Optional four-barrel carburetion will widen power choices available, increasing horsepower on these two V-8 engines to 178 and 198 respectively.
With the two six-cylinder economy engines available in the light duty models, the 185-cubic inch, 92-horsepower and the 245-cubic inch, 106-horsepower power plants, the company makes its widest offering of power to buyers.
With the 259-cubic engine replacing the old 224-cubic inch engine for light duty units, and the introduction of the new big 289-cubic inch engine for medium and heavy duty units, power increases are substantial for truck buyers in these weight classifications.
Torque ratings are 250 foot pounds for the new light duty truck V-8 engine at 2,800 revolutions per minute, an increase of 24% in power. The new big V-8 engine is rated at 288 foot pounds of torque at 2,600 revolutions per minute. This compares with the top engine rating of 236 foot pounds of torque with 156 horsepower, 259-cubic inch engine used last year. Compression ratio for all Studebaker truck engines this year is 7.5 to 1.
In the light duty line, wheelbases of 112, 122 and 131 inches will be available with gross vehicle weight ratings from 4,800 pounds in the 1/2-ton model to a new 10,000 pounds in the one-ton model. Pick-up bodies will be 6-1/2 to 9 feet in length and stake and platform types will be 8 and 9 feet. The all-steel, double wall, pick-up body, the only such construction in the industry, will be retained. The pick-up again will have wider clear floor space bodies than the other makes - 51-1/2 inches wide. A new four-speed synchromesch transmission will be standard on the one-ton, and Studebaker's automatic transmission will be optional on this model for the first time. The automatic transmission has been on 1/2 and 3/4 ton units only.
In the medium duty line of 1-1/2-ton and two-ton trucks, four wheel-bases will be available ranging up to a new 195 inches for the two-ton model. The 195-inch wheelbase is designed to accomodate 16 to 18-foot vans, stakes or special bodies. Other models include factory installed 9-foot through 14-foot stake and platform bodies which have the greatest inside width in the industry. For greater payload capacities, gross vehicle weights on the two-ton models have been boosted to 16,500 pounds on the 155-inch wheelbase model and to 17,000 ponds on both the 171-inch and 195-inch wheelbase models.
In the new heavier duty line there will be four chassis and cab models. Factory installed platform-stake bodies will be available in 9, 12 and 14-foot lengths. Wheelbases of 131, 155, 171 and 195 inches will be used. Gross vehicle weights are 18,000-19,000 pounds. The power train will include the 289-cubic inch V-8 engine, four-speed heavy-duty sychromesh transmission, and an 11-inch clutch.
Heavy duty front axles with a carrying capacity of 15,000 pounds will be used with these new units. A 6.8:1 rear axle ratio will be standard with a 6.2:1 ratio optional at no extra cost for higher road speed and greater economy. Two-speed rear axles with electric shift will also be available. The new trucks will have three-stage rear springs rated up to 7,300 pounds, and will be equipped with heavy duty six-stud wheels.
A special "premium engine package" including many of the standard heavy duty features of the big 289-cubic inch engine will be available equipment with the 245-cubic inch six-cylinder engine, or the 259-cubic inch V-8. The package includes heavy duty inlet and exhaust valves, heavy duty exhaust valve springs, and rotary cap kit, chrome-plated top compression piston rings, and on the 259-cubic inch engine, heavy duty aluminum timing gear, heavy duty connecting rod bearings and crankshaft bearings, and a one-quart oil bath air cleaner.
Chassis advances in the Transtar line include new shorter frames with a 102-inch bumper-to back-of-cab dimension. With the two-ton heavy duty model, this permits accomodation of a 35-foot round-nose trailer within a 45-foot over-all length limit. Power brakes which have been available on only the 1-1/2 and 2-ton models will be extended to cover models in all weight classifications. The new booster for light duty usage is a 6-3/4 inch Hydrovac. Linkage type power steering will be available for the first time in the line and will be optional with all V-8 powered trucks in the one-ton and over classifications.
Particular emphasis has been placed on driver safety in the new Transtar trucks. Safety features include crash pads, optional crash-tested seat belts, foot-controlled fresh air ducts, improved instrument cluster design for better visibility, cross-link shockless steering, tubeless tires, enclosed cab steps, and rotary door latches.
The non-slip twin traction safety differential wich Studebaker-Packard pioneered last year will be optional equipment on the half-ton models. The differential divides power between the rear wheels so up to 80% of engine torque goes to the wheel with the best traction under icy, slippery, or off-highway truck operating conditions.
In styling, the Transtars have a new modern grille and heavier, deeper bumper for a more massive, yet functional front end appearance. The reinforced fibre glass grille with its broad frontal area permits increased engine cooling, while the big bumper provides added protection. All the new trucks feature large round parking lamps placed atop each front fender for greater visibility.
For the first time in the industry, pick-up bodies will be two-toned as well as the cabs. Chromed side moldings running the width of the cab accent the color break. A total of 11 two-tone and seven solid colors will be offered."