1956 Studebaker President Classic Sedan

The President Classic Sedan was Studebaker’s top line sedan for 1956. The car’s styling was in response to Studebaker’s management requiring a look for 1956 that conformed to the styling established by General Motors that featured high, blunt front ends, straight fenders and a more box-like appearance. Studebaker proclaimed their stylish 1956 models possessed “Craftsmanship with Flair”.  Seldomly seen today, Studebaker made the President Classic 4-door Sedan for only two years, 1956 and 1957 and the production numbers were quite low. Only 8507 were produced for the 1956 model year. Compare this to the 270,000 Chevrolet Belair 4-door sedans and the 245,000 Ford Fairlane 4-door sedans built that year. In addition to the revised styling, in 1955 Studebaker totally redesigned its V8 engine. For 1956, the displacement was increased to 289 cubic inches for “Sweepstakes” V-8 standard in the President Classic Sedan.  When combined with the standard four-barrel carburetor and dual exhausts, it creates 210 horsepower, making it capable of a top speed over 100 mph. Quite a nice package paired with the optional “Flightmatic” automatic transmission that this car has, making it a pleasure to drive.

This lovely Studebaker was built on March 14, 1956 in South Bend, Indiana and shipped to Roanoke, VA. An exhaustive amount of research went into verifying the authenticity of this rare car that included the services of the Archivist of the Studebaker National Museum. The research determined that this car has its original chassis and body as well the original 289 V8 engine that came with the car new. The original build sheet accompanies the car to further document is authenticity.

Although the 1956 President Classic Sedan had a base price of $2489, this car’s sticker price was over $3000 based on its many options, which include automatic transmission, high compression head, power steering, power brakes, white wall tires and turn signals. There were an astonishing 28 two-tone paint scheme combinations available on the President Classic Sedan. This car is painted the correct Midnight Black basic color with Snowcap White accents on the window frames and in the unique “lightning bolt” trim on the body sides. The smart “Temp-Tone” interior is resplendent in black and white cloth and vinyl upholstery that fully captures the mid-century design elements that are so admired today. The stylish dash is highlighted by the intriguing “Cyclopes Eye” speedometer. Studebaker was proud of this feature, claiming “You know your exact speed at a glance! The Unique magnifying glass ‘bubble’ makes it the easiest viewing, fastest reading speedometer in the industry!”

It is rare to see a 1956 Studebaker in any condition today and restored cars are even rarer. This car was restored by a passionate collector who loved the car. His goal was to make it the finest 1956 Studebaker on the planet – regardless of the cost, which in this case was in excess of $150,000. The closer one examines this car, the more convinced you will be that this gentleman may have achieved his goal. The comprehensive restoration by a team of dedicated professionals is fully documented and was completed in 2016 and remains in pristine condition. The close attention to detail is remarkable. The deep, mirror-gloss Midnight Black paint finish is accented by gleaming chrome and brightwork that is mesmerizing to behold.

The restoration efforts have been recognized multiple times in national events, shows and concours d’Elegance events. Some of the honors include awards from the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA), capturing the National Award for Outstanding Restoration of the Year and the National First Prize Winner at Hershey, PA in 2016. It was the Senior Award Winner in Hershey, PA in 2017, the next year it won First Place at the Annual Grand National Meet in Greensburg, PA 2018, then was awarded the Senior Award at the Annual Grand National Meet in Gettysburg, PA in 2020 as well as the Repeat Senior Award at the Annual Grand National Meet in Virginia Beach, VA as recently as 2022. Additionally, it received the Palmetto Award (American Production) at the 2016 Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance, and the Best in Class American Production (Closed – 1946-1964) at the 2017 Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance.

Rare, interesting and in pristine show condition, this fabulous 1956 Studebaker President Classic Sedan stands out from the rest of the cars on any show field. Here is a rare and unique opportunity to acquire the best of the best Studebaker Presidents of the era.


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Stock number 7579

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