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1940 Studebaker Champion Dual Cowl Phaeton Vehicle Profile

1940 Studebaker Champion photograph

1940 Studebaker Champion photograph

1940 Studebaker Champion photograph

1940 Studebaker Champion1940 Studebaker Champion1940 Studebaker Champion
Built for Frank Tracy Griswold II of Wayne PA., Millionaire, race car builder, driver and accomplished machinist.

Griswold's claim to fame was on October 2nd, 1948 winning the first, 4 Lap 6.6 mile 'Round the Gorge' Watkins Glen Junior Prix. The Griswold car also proved victorious in the 8 lap Grand Prix. The winning car was a blue 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C-2900B, one of 30 built. Griswold was the first to introduce Alfa Romeo's to the US. Griswold participated in the Indy 500 during his racing career.

The Studebaker is one-of-a-kind Derham bodied custom, built for Mrs. Griswold for her 21st birthday gift. Phaeton style bodies were no longer available from the factory. Griswold purchased a 1939 Studebaker Champion 4 door sedan and contracted Derham Body Company of Rosemont, PA to fabricate an aluminum body from the cowl back; it was completed in 1940.

An unusual feature about this car is the fact that they used a Champion model instead of a top-of-the-line President or Commander. The car was equipped with a Magneto fabricated at the Griswold MFG. Company.


By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2010


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1940 Studebaker Champion Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1940 sales)
1940 Studebaker Champion Business Coupe
Sold for USD$18,700
  2018 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1940 Studebaker Champion Club Sedan Street Rod
Sold for USD$19,800
  2017 Auctions America : Fort Lauderdale
 
1940 Studebaker Champion Four-Door Cruising Sedan
Sold for USD$7,590
  2016 Auctions America : Auburn Spring
 
1940 Studebaker Champ
Sold for USD$15,500
  2014 Fall Carlisle Auction
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1940 Studebaker Champion's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1940 Studebaker Champion Coupe 2018 H & H Auctions Duxford Motor Car Auction $20,000$25,000
1940 Studebaker Champion Custom Street Rod 2010 Mecum Kissimee Auction$34,000  

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