Studebaker kept their hand in the truck game in the 1950’s thanks to an updated half-ton pickup called the Transtar. When the 1957 Studebaker Transtar Pickup was unveiled in ’57 it had a snappy vented fiberglass front facia and grille. The buying public seemed to like the modern look. Today, Studebaker collectors will relish the chance to get this one into their collection.
As rare as they are, these Transtar pickups seldom come up for sale. The owner, from Deerfield Beach, Florida is offering his show quality 1957 Studebaker Transtar Pickup in the Studebaker Section of the Cars-On-Line website this weekend. (Click this link to view more photos and contact information on the ad page.) It has been in a private collection. They tell us it is in concourse condition. Tap the video window below to review their video on You Tube.
Factory options include chrome vent shades and bumpers, white wall tires, as well as tutone show quality paint, Wedgewood Blue and Arctic White tutone paint with a beautiful blue and white interior. The undercarriage and frame match the quality of the exterior and interior. Describing it as being in “mint condition,” they tell us it is one of the finest examples of a 1957 Transtar in existence. It is the product of a full nut and bolt, frame-off restoration. “No expense spared,” they tell us.
This 1957 Studebaker Transtar Pickup came with a 259 ci Commander V8 motor with a single two-barrel carburetor, 170 HP, column shift 3-speed transmission. “Nice, smooth running truck,” they say.
The 57-58 Transtar’s received an aggressive new fiberglass grille for 1957. They also won the cargo space competition for pickup trucks that year. The Transtar’s bed was available in both 6 and 9 foot lengths and widened by 5 1/2 inches making it a full 51.5 inches wide, giving it more cargo room than any other ’57 half-ton pickup.
Studebaker Corporation of South Bend, Indiana introduced the Transtar name in 1956 on their 2E series trucks. In 1957 they became the 3E series and remained that way through 1958. History tells us that they made 11,185 total production including all 1/2 ton through 2 ton trucks, all 3E series, in 1957. Studbaker brought back the Transtar name again from 1960 through 1964 on their 1-Ton through 2-Ton big trucks.
The car has been part of a Private Collection for several years, stored in a climate-controlled warehouse in the Fort Lauderdale/Florida area. However, the vehicle is now available for sale due to closing down the classic car collection.