This 1963 Studebaker Lark Daytona Hardtop was advertised on Ebay USA in September 2018. The car supposedly has 47,700 miles, and is fitted with a 259 Stude with auto transmission. The car runs and drives, but the body is rusty - most panels and replacement parts for the restoration came with the sale, including rear fenders (1 is NOS, 1 is used), door posts, rockers, bumper and moldings, front fenders and grill panel are all ready on the car.
This Timberline Turquoise example was advertised on craigslist in September 2018, asking $15,000 (USD). Seems a reasonable price for a car that looks to be in fantastic condition, with the owner confirming the mileage is in fact correct at only 9,800!
This 220 SE coupe is one of 776 factory right hand drive vehicles produced, and one of only 214 Australian delivered cars – the current owner having the Australian dealer import certificate. This is a matching numbers example in excellent condition, with the images provided taken at the 3rd annual Dural Men’s Shed Car Show of September 2018.
Originally a black car (DB 040), the current owner restored the vehicle in a period Mercedes colour – Red Metallic (DB 051) with a full bare metal re-spray. The finish is in excellent condition, and all panels on the vehicle appear straight, including the sills and undercarriage. The metallic red brings out the best in the coupe body style, arguably one of the most elegant designs of the 1960s. During the rebuild, all bright-work was restored and body rubbers replaced, and the car is ready to be enjoyed by the next owner/investor.
The full-leather trim has been fully restored and a new woodgrain dashboard fitted. The air-conditioning system was not factory fitted to this particular vehicle, but is a practical upgrade which has been beautifully incorporated. The period radio fascia conceals a modern head unit for convenience, but otherwise the dashboard is to original specification, with the iconic timber work in perfect condition.
Under the hood is the Bosch mechanically fuel injected 6-cylinder engine, mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission – advanced systems at a time when carburettors and 3-speed autos were fitted to most competitor vehicles for at least the next decade. The engine and transmission are both the original units, having been regularly serviced and highly maintained, and the engine bay presents beautifully. The current owner confirms the car runs well, with all mechanical systems in top condition.
If you’re looking for a rare Australian delivered Mercedes, this is a great opportunity.
For further information or to inspect the vehicle, please contact Bob by clicking the contact seller button at the top of this page.
This immaculate Studebaker Daytona convertible is one of just 702 convertibles built in 1964, and only a couple of hundred have been accounted for by those maintaining a register. In fact, we've only managed to add 8 to our small Daytona convertible register over the last four years. If you're looking to stand out from the crowd, the Daytona is a worthy alternative with plenty of performance to match it's looks. It's also truly a unique car - usually the only one of it's kind when you turn up to a car show.
This particular car currently resides in Ontario, Canada, with the current owner confirming the vehicle was originally delivered new in the city of High Point, North Carolina.
The car has been restored to a very high standard, and has only 61,000 original miles on the clock. The body has been finished in in its original Bordeau Red, with a black top. The red vinyl interior trim is equally immaculate, and overall the car is in perfect factory condition, ready for immediate enjoyment by the successful purchaser.
Under the hood is the factory Studebaker 289 V8 engine. However, this one's particularly special, being factory fitted with the 290hp R2 supercharger package - one of only 12 convertibles to receive the package. The R2 specification is identified by the oval R2 badges behind the front wheel arches. Power is channelled through Studebaker's 3-speed Borg-Warner transmission, and the car has power drum brakes and power steering.
As Studebaker's final factory convertible, this model holds a special place in the collector car market, which is starting to see some reasonable value increases. Unfortunately, with low such low production numbers there isn't a plentiful supply of Daytona convertibles, and several examples we've seen over the years have needed significant work. Take for example this neglected Moonlight Silver convertible spotted a couple of years ago. So when an good one comes along, it presents a fantastic opportunity to get into a car where the hard work has been done for you, at a fraction of the price that the work would realistically cost.
For further information, please contact Ray by clicking the contact author button above.
Another found on the stidebaker drivers club forum - thought we'd keep adding these in case the images fall off at some point. At the time of addin the car (2016), the owner at the time made the following comments about this car: 64V-17153, I purchased near St. Cloud, MN back in 1990 and drove it home. I believe it has been a MN car its entire life.
Very rusty parts car now sitting in my shed (needs a body donor). 259 with Powershift automatic, tan vinyl & cloth bucket seat interior, factory air conditioning. Production order image attached.
Another Daytona hardtop found on the Studebaker forum. The owner in 2016 (located Minnesota) noted the following about the car:
64V-6357, I purchased near Detroit, MI back in 2006 through Ebay. I rented a car dolly out there from a U-haul and towed it home.
Looks to have been restored to original-looking condition back in the 1980s (though the concealed body work was pop-riveted sheet steel covered in heavy undercoating), but I don't know its history. Currently torn apart in my garage for body work. 259 with column shift automatic, light blue vinyl & cloth interior.
Spotted on a Daytona register forum, this one was located in Andover in December 2006 - let us know if you know any update on the whereabouts of this one. Interestingly, this one was fitted with the R1/Powershift option.
Check out the others on the 1964 Studebaker Daytona register.
Spotted on craigslist in August 2018 asking $3,500 USD. Nice original Complete 1965 Studebaker Daytona 2 door. The body is super straight as you can see in the photos and overall a pretty nice car (for its age), other than a bit of rust in teh usual spots. As you can see there is one rust spot below the vinyl top but its not bad at all. The vinyl top looks brand new and it appears to be incredibly solid underneath.
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