When Studebaker came out with the sliding roof station wagon in 1963 it was a pretty innovative design. Studebaker advertising showed the practicality of an open roof wagon with demonstrations of the extra cargo carrying capacity the open roof added. There was even a commercial with a very large dog standing in the back of the wagon with plenty of open air room. Apparently it wasn’t long before roof leaks and rattles became a problem with the sliding roof so a closed roof wagon was rushed into production for 1964.
This ‘closed roof’ Commander found on Ebay is a California black plate car from a 40 year Studebaker collector. It is described as a great driver quality car that runs and drives smoothly with its 259 V8. Electronic ignition has been added as well as new tires in the correct size, fuel pump, front shocks, valve cover gaskets, front brake wheel cylinders, brake master cylinder, spark plug wires, motor mounts, all headlights, tail light lenses and very expensive LeBaron Bonney seat covers over the faded but very intact original upholstery. An added bonus on this car are the very cool original stainless steel wind deflectors and a nice collection of vintage vacation decals.
Update 3/6/2012: Car sold for $6,500