1964 Studebaker Daytona
1964 Studebaker Daytona
Studebaker billed its 1964 models as "Different by Design." Thanks to Stevens' genius, they received a disguise clever enough to make them look brand new. Front fenders, hood, deck lid, and sculptured roof panel sported new sheet metal, and the result was a handsome, crisply styled car, bearing little resemblance to the earlier models. The Lark name did not appear on any of these cars, though in some of the promotional material the title was used in connection with the less expensive models. The new look debuted along with the company's plan to phase out the Lark name entirely. The lowest-priced models were renamed Challenger (replacing the 1963-1/2 Standard), while the Commander name (which had last made an appearance in the Studebaker lineup on the last full-size cars in 1958) replaced the Regal trim level. The Daytona series added a four-door sedan (replacing the 1963 Custom four-door), and the Cruiser continued at the top of the line. All models except the Cruiser offered a Wagonaire.
Restomod...Restored and modified, this jet black 1964 Studebaker Daytona fits the definition to a tee. Sporting 4-wheel power disc brakes, rack and pinion steering, a modern fuel injected V8, and a 4- speed automatic transmission you now have the modern part. Retaining the original Studebaker body and interior we see the throwback and restored parts. A perfect homologation of old and new that come together to form a thing of visual beauty all the while giving some of the creature comforts of a modern day daily driver. Feast your eyes upon this beauty and enjoy the best of both worlds.
Jet black drapes the body of this snappy restomod and presents very well. Some minor chipping throughout and rust bubbling is noted at the bottom of both of the doors. A front bumper delete gives the car a more modern look and the egg crate shaped chrome grill assembly. Twin headlights grace the front of both fenders and a chrome S hood ornament floats above the shiny back hood. Stainless beltline molding runs down the side of the car and ends just before the combination taillights reverse lights. These lights flank individual letters that spell out S T U D E B A K E R. All of this floats above a black painted rear bumper. A like new black canvas convertible top gives you the option of topless cruising or protecting in inclement weather, a clear plastic rear window gives you a good look at what's behind you. 19" chrome wheels adorn all four corners and have a center cap with a play on words....SS-Tud.
Swing the door and we are stepping back in time with faux stitched black vinyl in square and tuck and roll pattern, along with some shiny thin trim to break it all up for your eye. Slipping inside, we are in near showroom condition heaven, with more black bucket seats with a consolette. tuck and roll, original dash and more modern steering wheel (SS-Tud included), all buttoned up and nicely preserved with all clear plastic on the front trio of circular gauges in the cluster. The dash is well thought out with all control's levers, toggles etc., all within reach in a rectangular design in front of the wheel. The steering wheel presents fronting this dash in two tone black and white, and a chromed center squared off horn ring. Black carpet is down below with a modern Lokar shifter poking out from the center hump. The factory AM radio takes up residence in the center of the dash while down below is an aftermarket AM/FM/CD play mounted atop a Pioneer EQ/Amplifier. All buttoned up and ready for the Power Tour!
Replacing the venerable 259ci V8 is a modern and much more powerful 350ci LT1 V8 topped with EFI and making a tire turning 275hp. Attached to the back is a 4l60E 4-speed automatic transmission and putting the power to the ground is a GM 10 bolt 3.73 conventional rear axle. We note power steering and power brakes under the hood along with ribbed aluminum valve covers. Hoses are all supple and engine bay paint is snazzy. All is lean, mean and ready to scream!''
This is where the restomod theme really pops to life. The frame and floors are all rust free and show in satin black. Headers feed into dual exhaust with Super Turbo mufflers then exit at turn downs below the rear bumper. A more modern independent coil spring front suspension is on front along with tubular control arms. For the rear we have traditional leaf springs, with the whole system providing a smooth ride. 4-wheel power disc brakes bring the car to a whoa without any darting associated with typical drum brakes. All wrapped up and ready to provide miles of endless comfort.
This baby fires right up, idles like a dream, and a pull of the floor shifter, and we are off like a prom dress. Our test track was no match for this Daytona which in stock trim lives up to its name and now with a modern drivetrain just begs to cruise all day long. Plenty of power, one finger steering and brakes that will stop you on a dime and give you change....what more can a writer and automotive lover ask for? All functions were functioning, and frankly I did not want to put this car down, as playing with it was really fun!
The 3rd to last year for Studebaker and they sure hit a homerun with the Daytona, add in a drop top and its pure heaven. A modern drivetrain and brakes make this classic cruiser a dream to drive. Throw the top down, crank up the tunes and go on a cross country trek to see the sights and enjoy time with your best gal. Maybe even cruise your Daytona to Daytona?
15297-Sequential Unit Number
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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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