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
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!!!