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The 2R line was one of the most stylish pickups going, and this 1953 Studebaker 2R11 makes for an honest example that may even have some extra rarity and distinction. And as you look over this whole truck, you can really see a total presentation that's authentic, handsome, and truly vintage.


The 2R line of trucks represents an interesting place in truck history. It was one for the first post-WWII designs to hit the road, and it was also one of the most advanced of its time. The round car-like fenders, double-walled all-steel truck bed, and the elimination of the running boards made it both handsome and versatile. It's this kind of distinction that makes us happy to see someone making sure the style remains authentic. The pastel blue has the right 1950s vibe. It has a good shine and a well-presented body, but the full presentation also doesn't want to shy away from its workman roots. And yes, the Dad's Garage decal is removable. There's even a hint of brightwork on the elements borrowed from Studebaker's car line, like the hood ornament. The serial number on this one identifies this as a 2R11 model. For those who are into pickups, that is the designation for an extra-duty 3/4-ton truck. In fact, in the range of trucks Studebaker offered in the early 1950s, the 2R11 was the rarest. So it makes for an interesting suspicion of this pickup's history. It also has the right look for the more capable pickup with the longer bed and beefy wheels. There's even more classic ready to work attitude with features like the vintage trailer hitch and wooden bed stake sides.


Inside there looks to have been more nice investments without jeopardizing the vintage atmosphere. For example, the vinyl bench seat is a pickup truck staple, but the this has the feeling of extra cushion and comfort. The pattern even matches the door panels. There are some nice additions like seatbelts and full carpeting, but it still feels like a true time capsule every time you slip behind the large dual-spoke steering wheel with correct Studebaker center cap.


Under the hood is a very honest and authentic looking powerhouse. It's Studebaker's 170 cubic-inch straight-six, which would be related to the 2R10 line. We just like it because it has a barn find kind of style that seems right for a true a classic pickup. Newer pieces like the hoses, fuel filter, and carb components let you know that someone still kept an eye on it even while trying to stay as faithful as possible. Plus, the way it starts readily and runs smoothly is the real sign that it has been under good care. So feel free to fire up this Studebaker, enjoy the column-shifted three-speed manual transmission, and experience true classic motoring.


The sale even comes with extra parts to help keep this Studebaker running right for generations to come. It's a true classic with a story to tell. Call today!!!

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1436382
  • Price:$23,995
  • Location:Mesa, Arizona
  • Year:1953
  • Make:Studebaker
  • Model:2R11
  • Exterior Color:Blue
  • Interior Color:Brown
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:105
  • Stock Number:1676-PHX
  • VIN:R118254

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